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Rubber Flooring is Safe, Comfortable and Even Educational

May 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by nora systems, Inc., Salem, N.H. | Comments

When the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, made plans to renovate its Ekeley Sciences Building, concerns over safety and accessibility were front and center. But during discussions to discern the needs of occupants, additional considerations came into focus, particularly with regard to the floor covering. Simple to maintain and chemical-resistant, rubber flooring in laboratories ensures years of happy researchers and even better results.

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Google Earth for the Human Body

May 13, 2015 7:00 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor, Bioscience Technology | Comments

It has been hailed as the equivalent of Google Maps for the human body by The New York Times, and now the award-winning mobile-friendly platform BioDigital Human is looking to change the way healthcare information is shared, consumed and understood.  

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Up to Your Standards: The Importance of Accurate Calibration

May 13, 2015 7:00 am | by Larry Gallagher, Specialty and Medical Gas Products Manager, CONCOA, Virginia Beach, Virginia | Comments

The results of any analysis using modern instrumentation are determined by the accuracy of calibrating the readings against a known standard and proper zeroing of the instrument. Many factors need to be considered when establishing how and with what you perform these calibrations.

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Collaboration is Reshaping the Future of Care

May 11, 2015 7:00 am | by Faisal Mushtaq, SVP & General Manager Payer/Life Sciences Business, Allscripts | Comments

Value-based care, an umbrella term encompassing ideas including accountable care, population health and financial incentives for outcomes, will eventually be the norm for healthcare delivery and reimbursement. Health care improvements facilitated through partnerships between physicians, patients, pharmaceutical and life science companies are a win-win for everyone.

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Different Lab-based Approaches Drive HIV Research

May 5, 2015 3:00 pm | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Science Writer | Comments

HIV and AIDS affected approximately 35 million individuals throughout the world in 2013, and that number has continued to rise since the World Health Organization published these statistics. Researchers are employing a variety of R&D strategies in the fight to eradicate HIV/AIDS.

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Modularity in Microgravity: How the ISS is State-of-the-art 15 Years Later

May 4, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

The single requirement all new construction laboratories have in common is modularity. When spending millions of dollars on a single structure, it makes sense for developers to demand the most bang for their buck. The modular design of the International Space Station allows it to keep up with evolving technology.

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Engineering Defensibility in the Gas Industry

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Jeanne Mensingh, President and Founder of Labtopia Solutions, Houston | Comments

Laboratory data is critical to every part of the liquefied national gas (LNG) industry. From soil sample data for upstream exploration to purity data used downstream to ensure product quality, LNG professionals rely heavily on timely, accurate and well-organized sample data. An integrated LIMS solution helps ensure accurate, traceable data.

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Affordability, Practicality Define New Academic Research Labs

April 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Tim Studt, Editor-in-Chief, R&D | Comments

The design criteria and strategies for new academic research labs have changed in the past several years. Cost-effectiveness, sustainability and flexibility have become the new drivers for academic research labs.

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Helium Shortage Opens the Door to Alternatives

April 13, 2015 7:00 am | by Amit Pratap, Lead Analyst, Beroe Consulting | Comments

Helium is an excellent contender for carrier gas but increasing prices and supply shortage are raising concerns among scientists as well as sourcing communities. Many scientists have achieved successful results by using hydrogen or nitrogen as a carrier gas for chromatography processes. Though both hydrogen and nitrogen have trade-offs, the cost benefits and supply assurance speak volumes.

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Running Water Equals a Running Lab

April 11, 2015 10:50 am | by Jim Keary, Global Laboratory & Process Manager, ELGA LabWater, UK | Comments

Having fail-safes in place to ensure consistent high-quality water is crucial for productive laboratories. Conducting any research in the lab will invariably necessitate the use of water in a number of different formats, from the buffer on your bench to the sample in your chromatography column. Because of this diversity of uses, it’s important that your water is always fit for purpose and of the right quality.

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Making the World a Better Place Through Science

April 10, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

The goal of scientists is to partake in a breakthrough discovery leading to a solution that makes the world a better place. That’s why scientists go to school for so long, it’s why they spend years writing grants and gaining funding, it’s why they spend countless hours in a laboratory checking and rechecking results. The role of manufacturers in this scenario is to provide scientists with the advanced tools they need.

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Printing Better Drugs for Better Results

April 9, 2015 3:00 pm | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Writer | Comments

3-D printing is essentially layered manufacturing. What varies from project to project, of course, is exactly what is being layered and why. Of particular note, however, are the advancements professionals in the pharmaceutical and drug development industries continue to make using this technology that benefit researchers, consumers and patients.

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Scientist in the Spotlight: Jet Lag in a Living Brain

April 9, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Comments

Stories about a living brain in a jar are a mainstay of science fiction B movies. Todd Holmes’ research is moving the concept from movie to lab.

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Robots Teach Programming to Preschoolers

April 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor, Bioscience Technology | Comments

IT researchers have developed a new tool to introduce children as young as pre-school aged to programming concepts through the help of a social furry robot called “DragonBot.”  

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Hands-on Workshops Pique Interest in STEM

March 17, 2015 2:28 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Pittcon’s Science Week program held workshops and fulfilled equipment grants for students and teachers in the New Orleans area.

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