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Last Word: Why You Should Get Rid of Your Water Aspirator

September 4, 2015 2:50 pm | by Roland Anderson, Laboratory Products Manager, KNF Neuberger, Inc. | Comments

If someone were to ask you, right now, “what change can you make today in your lab that would have an immediate positive impact on the environment?,” what would you say? Here’s a big, big hint: your water aspirators.

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Nature Provides Key to Defeating Superbugs

September 4, 2015 12:32 pm | by Skip Derra, Contributing Science Writer | Comments

In the war on disease, humans are at a loss. Armed with antibiotics, once thought to be miracle drugs, humans gained the upper hand and millions of lives were saved. But bacteria are smart and have been on Earth far longer than humans, so they began to develop resistance to antibiotics.

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Was Shakespeare High When He Penned His Revered Work?

September 3, 2015 2:40 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Forensic analysis reveals clues as to what new substances and drugs were introduced to England in the 16th and 17th century from the New World- and if Shakespeare and his contemporaries were taking part in these new activities. 

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The Lab of the Future: Crawl Before You Walk

August 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Gene Tetreault, Senior Director of Products, Dassault Systèmes BIOVIA | Comments

Despite widespread innovation in smart/connected/wearable/mobile technologies, organizations have been slow to incorporate their use in the lab. The lab of the future is closer than some think, but a solid foundation must first be laid before sci-fi becomes reality.

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STEM Facility Bridges Gap From Student to Scientist

August 12, 2015 11:43 am | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Science Writer | Comments

A new research facility on the campus of a New Jersey college seeks to encourage the intellectual mixing of students and enhance career preparation.

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Biology on a Chip: What is Interactive Biotechnology?

August 10, 2015 8:35 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

It’s interesting to look back on the founders of the sciences— those who paved the way. But it’s also interesting to look forward— to today’s scientists who may very well be tomorrow’s founders. If his research team has anything to say about it, Ingmar Riedel-Kruse may one day be known as the father of “interactive biotechnology.”

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Field Testing Requires Innovative Solutions

July 15, 2015 11:00 am | by Joe Yorke, Melissa Billman and Christine Paszko, Fairfax County Water, and Accelerated Technology Laboratories, Inc. | Comments

Mobile technologies help bridge the gap between data collected in the field and analysis in the laboratory. This case study covers the process of conducting a mobile technology needs assessment, gathering requirements, selecting the components, conducting field collector training, executing parallel testing and going live.

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Breathe Clean: Air Quality Monitoring in the U.S.

July 14, 2015 7:00 am | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Science Writer | Comments

An inside look at the Clean Air Act reveals the pollution restrictions and regulations that keep the air breathable. In every region of the United States, state and local agencies monitor the air we breathe in conjunction with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards approved by the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. These agencies operate about 4,500 monitors for criteria pollutants.

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Web Watch: Four Great Science Websites to Check Out

July 13, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

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

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How New Spec Technologies Cut Operating Costs

July 10, 2015 7:00 am | by Olaf Schulz, Product Manager ICP-OES, SPECTRO Analytical Instruments GmbH | Comments

Older and traditionally constructed spectrometers bear the burden of a number of inherent problems in their design. Fortunately, with the continuing introduction of innovative technologies improving ICP-OES performance, many headaches—and substantial operating costs —have been engineered out of the system.

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Cleaning Your Cleanroom: How to Choose the Right Chemicals

July 9, 2015 7:00 am | by MaryBeth DiDonna, Editor, Controlled Environments | Comments

With no standard in place, choosing cleaning chemicals can be tricky. Therefore, it’s important to consider the situation as a whole and the product as a part. 

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The Lowdown on Fracking

July 8, 2015 4:48 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

What’s the real story behind fracking? The question is a viable one when it comes to the process of hydraulic fracturing, or extracting oil and gas from shale rock deposits deep below the Earth’s surface. Fracking in the United States currently stands in the crosshairs of a scientific, environmental and political debate that has raised more questions than answers.

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People Age at Different Rates, from Inside to Outside

July 7, 2015 12:41 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A study of 1,000 people the same age in a town in New Zealand shows that people age differently, from their vital organs to their outward appearance

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Can Beautiful Flowers Change the Face of GMOs?

July 7, 2015 7:10 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor, Bioscience Technology | Comments

A start-up company has developed color-changing flowers to educate and excite the public on the possibilities of bioengineering. The company sees itself at the intersection of science and art, and wants to bring the potential beauty of bioengineering to the masses. 

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Better Clinical Devices are Dependent on Lab Research

July 6, 2015 7:00 am | by Jeffrey Duchemin, President & CEO, Harvard Bioscience, Inc. | Comments

Instruments for electrophysiology research are designed to measure the electrical properties of biological cells and tissues. Researchers use these instruments in many ways, for example, to understand the molecular events that control excitation in cardiac muscle. Ultimately, such research could provide a clearer understanding of the cellular basis of cardiac arrhythmias and their mechanisms.

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