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New Technologies Drive Pace of Drug Development

October 7, 2014 | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Technological advances in pharmaceutical development improve the speed, performance, cost and results of research efforts.


Nobel Winner's Lab Combines Stars, Eyes with Microscopy

October 8, 2014 9:51 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

A new microscopy technique takes cues from astronomy and ophthalmology to image samples deeper and sharper than before.                               


High-powered Microscopy in the Palm of Your Hand

October 7, 2014 12:22 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

A 3-D-printed clip and glass bead have combined with a smartphone to produce an inexpensive microscope that can be used anytime, anywhere.                                   


The Surprising Facts Behind the Most Important Reagent

October 7, 2014 12:13 pm | by Jim Keary, Global Laboratory & Process Manager, ELGA LabWater | Comments

Lab water is a critical component of any laboratory, helping drive cutting-edge research while ensuring consistent, accurate results.                                        


High-tech Ball Mills Spur Nanotechnology Advances

October 7, 2014 11:29 am | by Verder Scientific, Haan, Germany | Comments

Faster, more accurate and more consistent instrumentation is key to capitalizing on and furthering the advancements of the nanotechnology industry.


Bringing the Power of Big Data to the Patient

October 7, 2014 11:19 am | by Sharon Benzeno, Senior Director, Business Development Bioinformatics, Elsevier | Comments

Effectively harnessing data can accelerate the development of drugs and therapeutics, thereby improving patient care and outcome.                                          


Smart Infrastructure is Key for QA/QC

October 7, 2014 11:08 am | by Trish Meek, Director of Product Strategy, Informatics, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. | Comments

Paperless, or more accurately integrated, labs enjoy streamlined operations with better data, while minimizing costs, validation and maintenance.                                


Bringing History into Three Dimensions

October 3, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Comments

The Turkana Basin, which stretches from northern Kenya to southern Ethiopia, is one of the most continuous fossil records of the Plio-Pleistocene, with some fossils as old as the Cretaceous period. This August and September, the treasure trove of prehistoric records was studied by paleontologist Louise Leakey, the granddaughter of the famous Louis and Mary Leakey.


Collaboration Key to Innovation in the Life Sciences

September 19, 2014 9:11 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Comments

Considered to be at the forefront of microscopy technology in agriculture, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri supports education, industry and innovation under one roof.


Adding Safety to Our Food

September 4, 2014 10:57 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Comments

Fast and accurate MS techniques are leading to a more informed, knowledgeable citizenry when it comes to what’s really in our food.                                             


To Be or Not to Be

September 4, 2014 10:44 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

A couple of years ago, futurist Ray Kurzweil said robots would become sentient by 2029. He originally made this prediction in his 1999 novel, “The Age of Spiritual Machines,” with the addenda that these claims would be largely accepted. In his overall timeline, Kurzweil states that by 2099, there will no longer be any clear distinction between humans and computers and that most conscious entities won’t have a permanent residence (bodies).


Microscopic Advancements Aid Food QC Labs

September 4, 2014 10:35 am | by Jeffery McGinn, McCrone Microscopes and Accessories | Comments

Scanning electron microscopy and thermal stage technology are leading the path to modern techniques for food quality control and safety.                                             


Scientist in the Spotlight: Resurrecting Extinct Predators

August 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Comments

Russell Garwood, a research fellow at the Univ. of Manchester, England, worked with Jason Dunlop, a curator at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, to create a video of the movements of an extinct arachnid. The arachnid was one of the first land predators and lived 410 million years ago. Garwood and Dunlop used exceptionally detailed fossils from the Natural History Museum in London to recreate its walking gait.


Printing a Better Community

August 26, 2014 9:37 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Comments

Open-source software and 3-D printing have redefined the approach to traditional laboratory equipment, as well as how we view global R&D.


The Next Next-gen Sequencing

August 26, 2014 9:27 am | by Darren Lee, Vice President of Business Development, Nabsys, Inc. | Comments

Advances in next-generation sequencing (NGS) have lowered the cost of sequencing, enabling a dramatic increase in the number of studies across the fields of basic research, applied research and molecular diagnostics.


Concentrate on Your Concentration Process

August 26, 2014 9:18 am | by Jenny Sprung, Labconco Corp. | Comments

Sample preparation in labs is an essential step. Since there are many choices for sample prep equipment, selecting and optimizing this equipment for your specific type of sample can be an overwhelming task. Given the myriad of sample prep equipment choices, it’s important to choose the right one for your sample to ensure accurate results.



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