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The Real Science Behind Concussions

January 19, 2016 8:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

On Christmas Day, Sony Pictures released "Concussion," a biographical sports medical drama film based on research by Dr. Bennet Omalu identifying chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in retired NFL players. While the movie may be classified as entertainment, the story is real, and the scientific research behind it is very real.

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Top 10 Ethical Dilemmas in Science for 2016

January 13, 2016 8:22 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, and University of Notre Dame | Comments

For the fourth consecutive year, the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2016. This year's includes some surprising issues—like a Barbie—as well as some not-so-surprising technologies, like CRISPR.

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Methylmercury: A Dangerous Environmental Toxin

December 18, 2015 8:48 am | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Science Writer | Comments

New research suggests thawing permafrost and contaminated sediment pose the greatest risks for the production of highly toxic methylmercury. A 2+-year-long study aimed to discover how and where methylmercury forms naturally.

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The Fits and Starts of Biofuel

December 17, 2015 10:22 am | by Skip Derra, Contributing Science Writer | Comments

Biofuels fortunes have been tied to the roller coaster pricing of oil. When the price of oil is high, there’s plenty of money for biofuel research and development. When it’s low, those resources evaporate. It happened in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, and it is happening today.

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R&D Challenges and Opportunities in 2016

December 15, 2015 3:58 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Once the clock strikes 12:00 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2016, labs around the world will remain mostly unchanged. Spectrometers and chromatographs will still take up bench space, freezers and refrigerators will still be noisy and the lighting will still not be quite right. But that’s not to say the lab of 2016 is without its opportunities—and challenges.

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Top 10 Gifts for Science Lovers

December 15, 2015 10:21 am | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | Comments

With the holiday’s right around the corner, the editors of Laboratory Equipment thought you may be in need of some great gift ideas for that special geek in your life — or for yourself. Check out these cool science and technology-themed gifts.

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Energy: How to Solve the Greatest Challenge of Our Time

December 1, 2015 9:11 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Multi-institutional partnerships that accelerate the pathway to innovation are key to solving the world’s energy crisis—a crisis Thomas Mason, Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, calls the "biggest challenge of our time."

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Collaboration Speeds the Pace of Cancer Research

November 20, 2015 11:01 am | by Dava Stewart, Contributing Science Writer | Comments

Often, there is a gulf between scientific research and clinical care. The researchers who study the causes and possible cures for diseases such as cancer are a step removed from the clinicians who provide care and from the patients who suffer the conditions, even though both types of professionals have the same ultimate goal.

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Space: The Next Frontier for Life Science Research

November 19, 2015 2:12 pm | by Michael Roberts, Senior Research Scientist, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space | Comments

Since mankind’s first voyage into space, research and discovery have continued to unlock the mysteries and potential of this vast frontier beyond Earth’s borders. Today, scientific exploration continues to evolve, unveiling new opportunities to enhance and expand the scope of life science through microgravity studies.

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How Young Innovators are Changing the World

November 18, 2015 4:47 pm | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | Comments

Since 1999, MIT has been honoring select scientists, researchers and inventors who change the landscape of their chosen field. This year’s list of “35 Innovators Under 35” showcases the most important emerging technologies of the moment, from reusable rockets to potentially life-saving treatments.

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An In Depth Look at the Technology Behind the Chemistry Nobel Prize

November 18, 2015 9:09 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Three researchers who recently the Nobel Prize in Chemistry described the previously indescribable, altering the future of chemistry and science. They provided knowledge about the molecular causes of several diseases, and about mechanisms behind cancer development. Their research also may make you think twice next time you take a deep breath.

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Can You Hear Me Now? Protecting Against Noise Pollution in Labs

November 17, 2015 12:32 pm | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Science Writer | Comments

Odds are if you’re in a laboratory space, you’re taking precautions against at least one threat category. What about the physical hazards? Are you protected against noise pollution? How big of a problem is it really, and how can lab design and equipment choices affect risk mitigation?

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Imaging Techniques Combine to Expore Complex Biological Samples

October 22, 2015 10:43 am | by Thomas Wohlfarth, Director of Structural Biology, FEI Co. | Comments

Biologists are adopting a powerful new approach to structural analysis that uses sophisticated computational tools to integrate molecular-scale information from electron microscopy (EM) with atomic-scale results from X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).

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Using DNA to Reconstruct a Face

October 22, 2015 8:56 am | by Jim Dawson, Science Writer | Comments

Within every person, somewhere among the approximately 3 billion DNA base pairs, hidden in the alleles and single nucleotide polymorphisms, is the information that defines much of an individual’s physical appearance. This DNA-determined appearance, or phenotype, is what creates family resemblance.

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2015's Top 5 Enterprise Labeling Trends

October 20, 2015 4:08 pm | by Josh Roffman, VP Product Management, Loftware | Comments

Today, there are a variety of factors impacting supply chain strategy and ultimately labeling processes. Therefore, it’s important to take a close look at what changes are driving today’s trends in labeling, which has become a mission-critical component in the supply chain as businesses continue to expand globally.

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