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Device Allows Non-Invasive Tumor Test

October 6, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

A device will allow laboratory researchers to non-invasively test drugs for their ability to kill tumors by subjecting cancerous cells with different concentration gradients.

Fish Oil Linked to Colon Cancer

October 6, 2010 4:22 am | News | Comments

Fish oil —long encouraged by doctors as a supplement to support heart and joint health, among other benefits —induced severe colitis and colon cancer in mice.

Food Waste Hampers Energy Conservation

October 6, 2010 4:20 am | News | Comments

Analysis of wasted food and respective required energy says the U.S. wasted about 2030 trillion BTU of energy, in 2007, or the equivalent of about 350 million barrels of oil.

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Chemists Create New Crystal Class

October 6, 2010 4:18 am | News | Comments

Chemists have created a new class of liquid crystals with unique electrical properties that could improve the performance of digital displays.

Diamond-Studded Implant May Heal Paralyzed

October 6, 2010 4:16 am | News | Comments

Researchers are building implants made of diamond and flexible polymer that are designed to identify chemical and electrical changes in the brain.

Software Raises the Bars

October 5, 2010 7:43 am | by Stephen Wilent, Laboratory Solutions Consultant, Mettler-Toledo, Inc. | Articles | Comments

by Stephen Wilent, Laboratory Solutions Consultant, Mettler-Toledo, Inc. Software developed for laboratory balances, Mettler Toledo’s LabX Balance, can establish efficacy standards regarding regulatory requirements for crime labs.  

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High-Tech Water Systems for High-Tech Labs

October 5, 2010 7:26 am | by Wing-Yee Yeung | Articles | Comments

by Wing-Yee YeungTaking the pain out of supplying and maintaining laboratory pure water creates a more productive research environment. 

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Silent Spring South

October 5, 2010 7:22 am | Blogs | Comments

by Tim StudtForty-eight years ago, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, which was credited with helping launch the environmental movement that followed with a ban on DDT in 1972. DDT was found to cause thinner bird egg shells, resulting in reproductive problems and death.

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Chocolate’s Dark Side

October 5, 2010 7:11 am | by Hazel Dickson, Applications Chemist, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Cambridge, UK | Articles | Comments

by Hazel Dickson, Applications Chemist, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Cambridge, UK Studies show that excessive cadmium consumption can cause various health issues in humans, including nausea, gastrointestinal pain and softening of bones.

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Nanobiotech Drives Life Science Advances

October 5, 2010 6:53 am | by Tim Studt | Articles | Comments

by Tim Studt Nanotechnology is being integrated into a variety of research lab instrumentation.  

Meters and Monitors Control Lab Experiments

October 5, 2010 6:31 am | Articles | Comments

First and foremost, the basic meters and monitors used in labs by researchers are required to be accurate. Accuracy builds the reliability they need to have confidence in their experimental results.

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Nobel Awarded to Graphene Perfectionists

October 5, 2010 4:46 am | News | Comments

The 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov who have shown that carbon in such a flat form has exceptional properties that originate from the world of quantum physics.

Your Vital Signs, on Camera

October 5, 2010 4:36 am | News | Comments

A new program could measure health indicators just by putting a person in front of a low-cost camera such as a laptop’s built-in webcam.

Magnetic Field Interrupts Aurora

October 5, 2010 4:34 am | News | Comments

Calculations show chorus waves interact with electrons in the Earth's magnetic field, knocking them downwards creating pulsating aurora light shows.

Researchers Discover DNA Repair Mechanism

October 5, 2010 4:31 am | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a fundamentally new way that DNA-repair enzymes detect and fix damage to the chemical bases that form the letters in the genetic code.

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