Hypothesizing about the lab of the future in the next decade unveils specific technologies that will revolutionize the industry and propel science forward. In a recent Laboratory Equipment reader survey, 48 percent of respondents said instrumentation improvements will expand their research capabilities in the next 10 years.
The challenge of purchasing equipment for a modern laboratory requires original, innovative thinking on several fronts. In today’s fast-changing work environment within the life sciences, it is crucial that the manager of a laboratory establish answers to several important questions, such as: What varieties of equipment are affordable? What specific equipment will be useful? And what should one specifically look for in an equipment seller?
One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, a truly energy-efficient ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezer will reach the market. Unfortunately for now, no technology exists that provides significant gains in efficiency, without compromising unit stability. Energy efficiency should always be considered in today’s green world, but don’t ignore other important long-term considerations.
Researchers at Purdue Univ. have pioneered a separation technique that can be used in everything from homeland security and law enforcement to drug discovery and biomedical applications. The technique, called slug flow microextraction, makes it possible to quickly detect the presence of drugs or monitor certain medical conditions using only a single drop of blood or urine.
Preclinical scanning has changed radically in the last few years, thanks to new capabilities, advanced technology and steps toward the development of standards that will allow the use of imaging data in regulatory submissions. Three recent developments really drive that point home—high-powered MRI scanners (3 and 7 T) that no longer require cryogen cooling jackets, multi-modality screening and hyperpolarization.
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.
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.
The frequency of both serious and fatal lab accidents in academic chemistry labs in the past few years has become increasingly alarming. Two new sets of guidelines are taking lab safety to an elevated level, seeking to change an organization’s culture rather than rule set.
The National Medal of Science, created by Congress in 1959, is the country’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. A 12-member presidential committee, presented by the National Science Foundation, selects the award recipients. Recently announced by President Obama, the editors catch up with 2014 National Medal of Science winners to get their thoughts on the award.
The Univ. of Chicago recently opened the first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America. The 2,800-sq-ft Warren Woods Ecological Field Station is only the fifth Passive House-certified laboratory in the world and the first outside of Germany.
The American Association of Chemistry Teachers is the first organization of its kind in the U.S. dedicated to improving chemistry education and providing specialized resources to more than one million K-12 chemistry and physical science teachers nationwide.
The success of an experimental tobacco-based pharmaceutical in saving the lives of two people with Ebola may finally force big pharma to take plant-based drugs seriously.
Jocelyn Dunn, an industrial engineering doctoral student at Purdue Univ., is a part of a project to live on a landscape mimicking Mars for eight months. Along with five other researchers, she will be living in a domed habitat emulating what settlers might have on Mars. While exploring the environment, they will wear spacesuits and their communications will be delayed by 20 minutes to emulate the drag they would experience on the Red Planet.
Contamination incidents in the lab—and in hospitals—feed new concerns about checks and balances in high-risk environments.
Ductless fume hoods, also known as carbon-filtered enclosures, are self-contained, filtered laboratory enclosures that remove hazardous fumes, vapors and particles from the laboratory. Unlike traditional fume hoods, installation costs are low and no ductwork is required. Therefore, many people think it is a slam dunk when they first learn of them. Not so fast.