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.
Attractive rubber flooring helps reduce the back, leg and foot fatigue lab workers often experience after standing for long shifts.
A gravimetric approach to sample preparation increases accuracy and precision while reducing material use and costs.
A new microscopy technique takes cues from astronomy and ophthalmology to image samples deeper and sharper than before.
Technological advances in pharmaceutical development improve the speed, performance, cost and results of research efforts.
A 3-D-printed clip and glass bead have combined with a smartphone to produce an inexpensive microscope that can be used anytime, anywhere.
Lab water is a critical component of any laboratory, helping drive cutting-edge research while ensuring consistent, accurate results.
Faster, more accurate and more consistent instrumentation is key to capitalizing on and furthering the advancements of the nanotechnology industry.