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Digest This: Spiky Pill Delivers Drugs

November 13, 2014 | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

A swallowable capsule coated with tiny needles delivers drugs directly into the lining of the digestive tract as a replacement for injections.


Changing the Culture to One of Safety

November 12, 2014 4:49 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

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.


Conversations with National Medal of Science Winners

November 12, 2014 4:40 pm | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Comments

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.


Designing Academic Structures for the Long Haul

November 12, 2014 4:22 pm | by Tim Studt, Editor-in-Chief of R&D | Comments

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.


Solving Tomorrow’s Problems with Today’s Teachers

November 12, 2014 4:07 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

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 Time Tobacco Actually Saved Lives

November 12, 2014 3:56 pm | by Skip Derra | Comments

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.


Scientist in the Spotlight: Visiting the Red Planet— in Hawaii

November 12, 2014 3:41 pm | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Comments

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.


Ebola Watch: The Importance of Stopping Contamination

November 6, 2014 3:16 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Contamination incidents in the lab—and in hospitals—feed new concerns about checks and balances in high-risk environments.


Elements to Consider before Choosing a Ductless Fume Hood

November 6, 2014 2:50 pm | by Diane Williamson, Senior Technical Specialist, Labconco Corp. | Comments

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.


Ensuring Comfort, Functionality from the Ground Up

November 6, 2014 2:32 pm | by nora systems, Inc. | Comments

Attractive rubber flooring helps reduce the back, leg and foot fatigue lab workers often experience after standing for long shifts.


Weighing the Advantages of Gravimetric Analysis

November 6, 2014 1:55 pm | by Joanne Ratcliff, Communications Project Manager, Laboratory Weighing, METTLER TOLEDO | Comments

A gravimetric approach to sample preparation increases accuracy and precision while reducing material use and costs.                                                


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.                               


New Technologies Drive Pace of Drug Development

October 7, 2014 12:34 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

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


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.



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