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F-A-Q's
  What is a fetal pig?
  What preservative is used?
  What does "single" or "double" or "triple" injected mean?
  What are the most popular specimens for dissection?
  How are the preserved specimens packaged?
  How should I store preserved specimens once they arrive?
  What is the difference between a Compound and Stereomicroscope?
  What do I need to know about ordering Live Specimens?
  How do I search your website for a particular item?
  What are the payment options for ordering?
  Is Nebraska Scientific really in Nebraska?
  When was Nebraska Scientific started?
  What is a fetal pig?
Fetal pigs are collected from the packing house as a by-product of the meat industry. These pigs are removed from the uterus of pregnant sows, taken to our facility where they are preserved. These pigs would otherwise be discarded. (More information is available - on your left, click "Forms to Download". We offer a brochure on fetal pigs for your use in that section).
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  What preservative is used?
Our standard preserved specimens are initially preserved in a formaldehyde preservative (about 3-5%). After preservation, our specimens are put in our Nebanol "No-Smell" solution. Nebanol keeps this preserved specimen moist and makes the specimen more pleasant to work with. An MSDS sheet is available (to your left) in our "Forms & Brochures".
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  What does "single" or "double" or "triple" injected mean?
Many preserved specimens that we offer are available with a latex injection. A "single" injected specimen would have a red latex injected into the arterial (arteries) system. A "double" injected specimen adds a blue latex into the venous (veins) system. Therefore, a double injected specimen would have arteries in red and veins in blue. A third or "triple" injection is available on some specimens where the hepatic portal system (liver) is also injected. The above "single", "double" and "triple" injection definitions apply to most specimens. However, sharks are an exception. Sharks have arteries in red (single), hepatic portal in yellow (double), and the veins in blue are considered the third or triple.
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  What are the most popular specimens for dissection?
Fetal pigs are one of our top sellers for dissection. Also very popular are frogs, earthworms, crayfish, clams, rats, and cats. Popular dissection organs would include the cow, pig & sheep eye, hearts, sheep brains and kidneys.
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  How are the preserved specimens packaged?
We are happy to package preserved specimens to your specifications. If you need certain packaging, please ask! Our standard method would be to put the specimen in a plastic bag, seal the bag, then ship in a box. Quantity per bag will vary depending upon specimen size. If you want a specific quantity within a box, just ask. Specimens are also available in pails - again, please ask!
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  How should I store preserved specimens once they arrive?
Most of our preserved specimens should be good for 6 months - 1 year. These specimens should be stored at room temperature, out of the heat and direct sunlight. It is OK to refrigerate the specimens but do not freeze them.
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  What is the difference between a Compound and Stereomicroscope?
Generally, a compound microscope is used to look at very small items on slides - like blood cells, plant cells, mitosis, meiosis. A compound microscope can be either monocular or binocular. A typical compound microscope would have magnification of 40x, 100x, & 400x, and sometimes 1000x (oil). A Stereomicroscope is generally used for looking at a larger item. Stereos work well for bugs, coins, rocks - objects that are more "3-D". A stereomicroscope is usually binocular, but does not have to be. A stereo scope will often have magnification of 10x and 30x, or 20x and 40x. More expensive stereomicroscope will "zoom" magnification between these ranges.
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  What do I need to know about ordering Live Specimens?
Probably the most important thing to remember about ordering any living specimen would be delivery dates. Since these items are generally shipped either UPS or priority mail - you need to allow 2-3 days for delivery. Overnight delivery is available at a much high cost. Avoid a Monday delivery - do you really want your live specimens sitting in a delivery truck all weekend?
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  How do I search your website for a particular item?
At the top of your screen is the "Search Site" icon. Click on this and search by product name, description, or product/catalog number. While not case sensitive, the search parameter is "space" sensitive. For example, some of our product numbers (ID) have a space between letters and numbers. Product number "L 1" is actually letter L, space bar, and number 1. Be aware the space might be necesary to look up items by product number.
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  What are the payment options for ordering?
We gladly accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. We also accept purchase orders from schools, school districts, colleges and universities.
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  Is Nebraska Scientific really in Nebraska?
Yes - Nebraska Scientific is in Omaha, Nebraska.
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  When was Nebraska Scientific started?
Nebraska Scientific (A Division of Cyrgus Company, Inc.) was started in the early 1960's. Our company is over 55 years old!
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