If you or someone you know is really interested in science and wants to do some amateur work with a home lab, this appears to be an excellent guide. Windell Oskay (Evil Made Scientist Laboratories) has updated of the original gem by Raymond Barrett.
a tip of the hat to Mike who also notes this source (some of it requires care and skill)
Specifically small kits designed to promote women playing with electronics and software. Adafruit is profiled.
Fried’s work makes for a perfect Morellian case study. Her boards can be identified by the absence of labels for components (she prefers to keep her designs uncluttered) and, conversely, the presence of instructions, part numbers, and specifications on the rear, which are part of her commitment to open-source transparency. Fried also characteristically favors covering her boards in blue solder mask (“I like the color!”) and outfitting them with mounting holes, which other manufacturers often leave out because they add size and expense.
Adafruit’s user-friendly starter kits are designed to allow beginners to make projects that could easily be dismissed as mere kitsch or novelty items: goggles whose rims flash rainbow lights, or a remote control that will shut off any TV within three hundred feet. But the teen-ager who follows an Adafruit tutorial to make her own Daft Punk helmet or the retiree who uses Adafruit hardware to automate her birdfeeder refill is also, Fried argues, being lured into seeing the creative potential hidden in the otherwise intimidating language of fast Fourier transforms and C and C++. “I want to show people that engineering isn’t something cold and calculated,” she said. “Thinking like an engineer is a beautiful and fascinating way to see the world, too.”
Or at least 3d representations of them. Morphosource is a database with 3d scans from over 200 genera. Anyone can look at download them for study or even print them if they have a 3d printer and the appropriate software. From Duke and the National Science Foundation.