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Better Clinical Devices are Dependent on Lab Research

July 6, 2015 7:00 am | by Jeffrey Duchemin, President & CEO, Harvard Bioscience, Inc. | Comments

Instruments for electrophysiology research are designed to measure the electrical properties of biological cells and tissues. Researchers use these instruments in many ways, for example, to understand the molecular events that control excitation in cardiac muscle. Ultimately, such research could provide a clearer understanding of the cellular basis of cardiac arrhythmias and their mechanisms.

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Escape Attempt: Vapor Uses Bottle to Get Away

July 2, 2015 12:49 pm | by Brian Alexander, Technical Process Director, Inorganic Ventures | Comments

Transpiration is an issue that has gone relatively unnoticed when in the market for reliable measurements. Transpiration is the passage of vapor from within a container to the outside. It is a systematic error that increases the concentration of a solution as time passes, compromising the use of the solution as a testing standard.  

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The Top 10 New Species of 2015

July 1, 2015 1:55 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has announced the Top 10 New Species as described in calendar year 2014. The annual list, established in 2008, calls attention to discoveries that are made even as species are going extinct faster than they are being identified. See all 10 here.

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Cannabis Testing Opens Up a Whole New Market

June 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Given recent law and attitude changes in the United States, the cannabis industry is on the rise— which means the cannabis testing industry is likewise growing. From analyzing potency and pesticides to testing for terpenes and residual solvents, chromatography is aptly suited to the analytical needs of the cannabis testing industry.

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Food Research at the Microscale

June 17, 2015 10:12 am | by Jeffrey McGinn, President and Director of Instrument Sales at McCrone Microscopes and Accessories, Westmont, Ill. | Comments

Recent advances in polarized thermal stage microscopy have served to enhance the research performed in laboratories within the food industry, and allow for the study of a wide range of substances. These features allow the food science microscopist to carry out their micro-experiments under a range of conditions, thereby replicating conditions that may exist in development, production and post-production.

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Can You Trust that Label?

June 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Science Writer | Comments

Scientific intervention is needed in the growing field of food authenticity to ensure consumers are purchasing exactly what they expect. Food authentication, especially for items such as honey and olive oil, is becoming more prevalent due to a rise in counterfeiting and mislabeling.

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First Rock from the Sun: MESSENGER's Incredible Findings

June 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Thanks to a slew of carefully designed scientific instruments on the MESSENGER spacecraft, we now know more than ever about the innermost planet of our solar system. 

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The Fall of a $220 Million Crime Lab

June 12, 2015 7:00 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor, Forensic Magazine | Comments

The D.C. Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL), with its shiny solar-shading panels and green roof, was a model of sustainability and efficiency when it opened with LEED Platinum certification in 2012. But only five months later, cracks in its green-glass façade had quickly appeared.

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How to Green Your Bench

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

Do you want to be part of a $98.5 billion industry in five years? If so, you should join the “green chemistry” revolution, according to a report from Pike Research. In this article, experts weigh in on reliable green alternatives that save both the environment and money.

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Abstract Vows: Scientist Proposes Marriage in Published Paper

June 4, 2015 1:11 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A scientist has proposed to his girlfriend near the end of his paper about the discovery of a new horned dinosaur.

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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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