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November 25, 2014 3:39 pm | Events

The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) is proud to present SLAS2015, convening at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, from February 7-11. SLAS2015 delivers a robust, peer-selected scientific program comprised of the following tracks: Assay Development and Screening, Automation and High Throughput Technologies, Drug Target Strategies, Micro/Nano Technologies, Bioanalytical Techniques, Informatics and Biomarker Discovery & Application.

Magnifying Results: Preclinical Tech Advances Disease Understanding

November 25, 2014 2:48 pm | by David Taylor, Founder and CEO, MR Solutions | Articles | Comments

Advances in MRI equipment are increasing the quality and range of preclinical research in laboratories.


Double Arm Transplant Patient Ready to Hug

November 25, 2014 2:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said today that the best thing about the operation is that he's able to hug his loved ones again.


Supreme Court Considers Mercury Limits

November 25, 2014 2:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.


SIDS Linked to Brain Abnormality

November 25, 2014 2:06 pm | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

More than 40 percent of infants in a group who died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) were found to have an abnormality in a key part of the brain, researchers report. The abnormality affects the hippocampus, a brain area that influences such functions as breathing, heart rate and body temperature, via its neurological connections to the brainstem.


How To Choose A GC Inlet Liner

November 25, 2014 2:04 pm | by Scott Adams, Restek Corp. | Articles | Comments

Many inlet liners are available for use in gas chromatography, and they differ in geometric configuration/design, volume, base material (borosilicate, quartz or metal), deactivation, and the presence or absence of some sort of packing. Fortunately for the user, determining how to choose a GC inlet liner can be greatly simplified by basing the decision on the type of injection that will be used.


Vultures have Extreme Gut for Gross Diet

November 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Copenhagen | News | Comments

How is it that vultures can live on a diet of carrion that would at least lead to severe food poisoning, and more likely, kill most other animals? Although their diet of meat that is both rotting and liberally contaminated with feces would likely kill most other animals, they are apparently immune to the cocktail of deadly microbes within their dinner.


Want a Nobel Prize? You Can Buy One

November 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 1962 Nobel Prize James Watson won for his role in the discovery of the structure of DNA is going on the auction block. The auctioneer says the gold medal could bring $2.5 to $3.5 million on Dec. 4.


Toxin Discovery Key to New Drugs

November 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Adelaide | News | Comments

Research that provides a new understanding of how bacterial toxins target human cells is set to have major implications for the development of novel drugs and treatment strategies.


Top 10 Gifts for the Science-minded

November 25, 2014 12:59 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

With the holiday’s right around the corner, the editors thought you may be in need of some great gift ideas for the special past, present or future geek in your life— or for yourself.


Long-delayed Calorie Labeling Rules Now in Effect

November 25, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

Consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. Today, the FDA is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus.


Scientists Model Dynamic Instability of Cell's Skeleton

November 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Rice Univ. | News | Comments

New computer models that show how microtubules age are the first to match experimental results and help explain the dynamic processes behind an essential component of every living cell. The results could help scientists fine-tune medications that manipulate microtubules to treat cancer and other diseases.


Theory Explains How Glass Transforms into Solid

November 25, 2014 7:00 am | by NYU | News | Comments

In their theoretical work, spurred by laboratory observations of colloidal glasses, researchers have proposed to use 19th century concepts developed by Maxwell, the founder of electromagnetism, to study the stability of mechanical structures, like colloidal glasses.


Researchers Create Pain in a Dish

November 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Harvard Stem Cell Institute | News | Comments

After more than six years of intensive effort, and repeated failures that made the quest at times seem futile, researchers have successfully converted mouse and human skin cells into pain-sensing neurons that respond to a number of stimuli that cause acute and inflammatory pain.


Image of the Week: Robot Sheds Light on Sea Ice

November 25, 2014 7:00 am | by British Antarctic Survey | News | Comments

The first detailed, high-resolution 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice have been developed using an underwater robot. Scientists from the UK, U.S. and Australia say the new technology provides accurate ice thickness measurements from areas that were previously too difficult to access.



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