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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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Opening Awards and Remarks at Pittcon 2016

March 7, 2016 9:59 am | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | Comments

The 2016 Pittcon Conference and Expo kicked off Sunday in Atlanta with the awarding of the Pittcon Heritage Award and the Keynote speech. Kenji Kazato and Kazuo Ito used their expertise in science and technology to help rebuild Japan after World War II. Together, they developed the first magnetic field-type microscope in 1947, and two years later they founded Japan Electron Optics Laboratory Company, or JEOL.  

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What are the Great Expectations for Pittcon 2016?

March 2, 2016 9:27 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, Laboratory Equipment & Anna Spiewak, Editor, R&D | Comments

As the premier laboratory industry event, Pittcon never disappoints. Now just a few days away, read what experts in the field expect to see at the 66-year-old conference, including key trends for 2016 and beyond. 

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Chromatography Techniques: UHPLC Detects Chlorophenols in Drinking Water

February 22, 2016 3:54 pm | by Chi Man Ng and Wilhad M Reuter, PerkinElmer | Comments

Many chlorophenols released into the environment can seep into ground water supply, but ultra-high performance liquid chromatography can be relied on to ensure samples are safe and within EPA-regulated limits.

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Stable Microscopy Key to Nano Research

February 22, 2016 3:35 pm | by Patrick Roberts, Senior Writer, Zebra Communications | Comments

The Weiss Group from UCLA uses negative-stiffness vibration isolation to provide ultra-stability during the assessment of chemical and spectroscopic information of individual molecular structures.

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National Labs Join the Fight to Protect Our Data

February 22, 2016 3:17 pm | by Joe Dysart, Contributing Writer | Comments

​Cybersecurity has become such a pressing issue in the U.S. that even national labs have created technology for the commercial marketplace. Those vague promises that hackable passwords will one day be replaced with much more secure alternatives to protect our digital life are finally coming true.

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2016 Trend Alert: Cannabis Testing & Increased Purchasing Plans

February 22, 2016 2:08 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

There are currently two camps in the cannabis industry—sellers and dispensers that want to sell the highest-potency product they can and make the most amount of money, and those who are interested in cannabis for biomedical purposes. Regardless of motives, both camps need analytical testing to ensure the accuracy of a product and the safety of its consumers.

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