The world of oil is a complex one, a double-edged sword. While continuing to support OPEC nations by purchasing their oil may appear to maintain a sense of political stability, it also acts to fund directly or indirectly much of the terrorist activities that led initially to the 9/11 attacks on our country and many related events since then.
Animal testing—just those two words are likely to stir the pot for vocal activists who are against all types of testing on animals for any reason; and those less vocal supporters of animal testing who cite the advances in human suffering and longevity animal testing has brought in the past century. All in all, the continued use of animals in life science research is likely to continue for some time.
Whatever the reasons, this winter’s pattern has resulted in two months (as this is written) of cold weather 20 to 40 degrees below the normal averages in the entire region from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean, affecting nearly 200 million Americans. And the rains seen in the UK surpassed anything seen in that area since they started keeping records several hundred years ago.
“It’s what’s on the inside that counts”—how many times have you heard your mother say that? I’ve heard it so many times that I couldn’t forget it even if I tried. Scientific publishing, however, seems to have a problem with this particular life lesson.
Even with technology-based ROI’s, siting productivity studies, regional tax incentives and third-party recommendations, there are a lot of gray areas for deciding on what or where a new or renovated lab will be built, not the least of which is the economic environment for the company and the country.
With the increasing sensor systems combined with a broad ranging and increasingly faster Internet network, is it really that far-fetched to not believe that a large computer system could become sentient? But if this extrapolation is still mostly an unrealistic example of my paranoia, the facts remain that computer systems are being filled with increasingly large amounts of personal data and activities.
When the full effects of global warming start to take effect, which might include a reduction in the Earth’s magnetic field, it will likely be too late even for the most aggressive geoengineering approaches.
Fiction becoming reality has been touted about science fiction stories for a long time. Some have proved they are easily attainable with current and future technology, while the more extreme science fiction concepts like faster-than-light transport, time-travel, self-aware computers and teleportation systems deal with basic physics principles that may never be shown to be possible, or at least not within our lifetimes.
On the first Monday in November, judges will select the winners of the 2013 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. Now in its 10th year, iGEM is a worldwide synthetic biology competition aimed at undergraduate university students, entrepreneurs and even high school students. The 2013 competition has 223 registrants, including 78 teams from Asia, 61 from Europe, 15 from Latin America and 69 from North America.
Centenarians are the new 65. Children being born now could live to be 150 or even forever. Prolonging life must go hand-in-hand with ensuring quality of life and contribution to society to guarantee that we don’t become a society relegated to the young being burdened with taking care of the old and infirm citizenry.
Researchers from China are accused of divulging nonpublic results from an NIH-funded grant to a Chinese medical imaging company. However, one (in this case three) bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch.
Looking at recent laboratory accidents and tragedies, it seems that chemists are still learning lab safety the hard way. By analyzing these students’ mistakes, many chemists can avoid these types of occurrences in the future.
This issue of Laboratory Equipment celebrates the 50th anniversary of our publication. Over that half century, we're proud to say we haven't changed our basic overall mission of providing you with the latest information on new products, technologies and materials that allow you to do your job better. We continue to do our job better by providing you with faster information, more detail and in a broad range of formats.
As much as we'd like to say that we're working toward creating a greener environment, we apparently are a long way away from actually making much of an impact in 2013. We're learning more about the potential impact of what we're doing to the environment, but we need to be more aggressive in actually changing what we do.
Automation technology is revolutionizing the healthcare and food industries. From infusion pumps to 24/7 temperature control and real-time testing and analysis, the development of embedded smart technologies is leading to better care and safety, new growth and vastly improved research and analysis.