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How Much Sugar is in Your Favorite Alcoholic Beverage?

May 10, 2016 3:34 pm | by Terri Christison, David Moore, Linda Lopez and Jeff Rohrer, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. | Comments

There is nothing better than sitting down on a Friday night with friends, sipping some coconut-flavored rum. As chemists, we don’t just savor those drinks, we want to know why it tastes so good.

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Wide-range Conductivity Meters Save Time, Money

May 10, 2016 2:48 pm | by Craig Herb, Director of Research, and Richard Melanson, Director of Business Development, ILIUM Technology, Inc., Medford, Mass. | Comments

Enhanced technology now allows one conductivity meter to replace as many as three conventional units, saving money and increasing productivity.  

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Designing Analytical Labs for the Present and Future

May 9, 2016 5:09 pm | by Brian Peasley, Professional Engineer, CRB USA, Kansas City | Comments

The past few years have yielded some interesting trends in the design and operation of analytical laboratories in the corporate biopharmaceutical marketplace.

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More Accurate Testing Method for Marijuana Edibles

May 9, 2016 5:03 pm | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Science Writer | Comments

Scientists have developed a new technique that can more precisely measure cannabis compounds in gummy bears, chocolates and other edibles without destroying traditional lab equipment.

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Which Standard is Standard in the Forensic Lab?

May 9, 2016 4:57 pm | by Pat Bencivenga, Accreditation Manager for Inspection and Forensic Science, ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board | Comments

With the forensic community under attack, agencies are encouraged to pursue the benefits of accreditation based on the specific types of testing and inspections they perform.

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The Business of Sustainability

May 9, 2016 4:43 pm | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | Comments

The CREATE-X program, developed at Georgia Institute of Technology, provides the resources needed for young entrepreneurs to build innovative startups that help tackle the world's most pressing environmental issues.

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Changes are Coming: What You Need to Know About Laboratory Developed Tests

April 13, 2016 8:00 am | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Science Writer | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is about to make a change when it comes to how Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) are regulated, and its proposed overhaul of the current system is making waves within the scientific community.

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The Science and Politics of Fracking in 2016 and Beyond

April 12, 2016 8:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Scientists have issued a new document with concerns and recommendations regarding the EPA’s initial Congress-commissioned report on the link between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water, which states the agency did not find any "widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States."

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Analyzing the Environment Like Never Before

April 11, 2016 8:00 am | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | Comments

Humans rely on the environment for nearly every aspect of our lives, from fueling the cars we drive and producing the food we consume, to the most basic necessity of the air we breathe. But the planet and its inhabitants are constantly evolving, making it even more imperative that the scientists studying the environment are equipped with the latest technologies to ensure the most accurate data analysis.

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The Challenge of Focusing on Safety and Sustainability

April 8, 2016 12:00 pm | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Science Writer | Comments

In the quest for both sustainability and safety in the academic lab, sometimes it’s just about finding the right technology at the right time.

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New Labs Seek to Put Science on Display

April 8, 2016 8:49 am | by Stephen Blair, Executive Director, Science & Technology, CannonDesign, Buffalo, N.Y. | Comments

As the workforce generation changes, so too must teaching methods and learning spaces in order to better recruit and retain STEM students.

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World Web Watch: Four Great Science Websites to Check Out

March 30, 2016 4:51 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

The editors of Laboratory Equipment scoured the Internet to find exciting, informative and visually stimulating websites for our readers. The links here will bring you to websites we deemed “Web Watch Worthy.” We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

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Ranking STEM Hubs Across the Country: What's the Best, Worst?

March 30, 2016 10:01 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related jobs are in demand in the changing Information Age economy. The normal hubs are still thriving. But other areas across the nation are up-and-coming—while the traditional Northeast enclaves seem to be losing some of their competitive advantage.

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Magic Microbes: The Navy's Next Defense?

March 29, 2016 9:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

The Navy is looking at synthetic biology as the next scientific frontier that can conquer a variety of issues faced by today’s warfighters. Synthetic biology involves creating or re-engineering microbes or other organisms to perform specific tasks, like fighting obesity, monitoring chemical threats or creating biofuels.

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The Top Three Instrument Trends at Pittcon 2016

March 8, 2016 9:57 am | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | Comments

The reoccurring instrument features seen throughout press conferences and demos at Pittcon are fairly straight-forward – the easier, faster and more accurate, the better. Similar to mass consumers of everyday products, Pittcon exhibitors are striving to offer products that incorporate the latest and most advanced technologies to ensure ease of use, and faster results, as well as portability.

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