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Most days, I use my iPhone and iPad almost as much as my computer. I’ve gulped down a big glass of Apple flavored Kool-Aid, and I love it.
There’s a plethora of science apps available for iOS devices, and I’m sure I won’t cover them all. But here’s a few of my favorites (keep your eye on the notes down below as I’m sure lots of people will chime in with their favorites, too):
NASA has a great free educational app where you can track spacecraft and learn about projects.
For skywatching, I never look up without my iPad and GoSkyWatch, which is inexplicably free for the iPad only version (and a very underpriced $3.99 for iPhone/iPad compatible version). Seriously, it will change your life. Point it at something, it tells you what it is. It even draws constellations and has a red low-light mode.
Molecules lets you input any Protein Data Bank or PubChem molecule identifier and then renders a 3-D version that you can rotate, zoom and space-fill. Must-have for molecular noodling on the fly.
Biophiliamay cost $12.99, but it’s the best music+science combo project ever made, plus Björk! Total bio-porn.
Again, The Elementsis pretty pricey for an app at $13.99, but it’s bar none the best app for exploring the periodic table.
There’s actually useful apps to get stuff done in lab! Life Technologies has a useful app called DailyCalcs that will calculate solution concentrations, convert units, figure out dilutions and give you cell culture plating tips. Nothing you couldn’t look up or figure out on a paper towel, but nice to have it handy for free.
If you’re like me and you have to keep track of a lot of PDFs and research papers, I’m still torn on whether Mendeley or Papers is better. I use both, and I like both. One is free, of course.
I use the iPhone onboard timer a lot. Simple, but useful.
WolframAlpha: There’s Wolfram reference support built into Siri, but the full app is like a math search engine/calculator/reference guide all in one. Very cool.