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Adding Safety to Our Food

September 4, 2014 | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Comments

Fast and accurate MS techniques are leading to a more informed, knowledgeable citizenry when it comes to what’s really in our food. 


To Be or Not to Be

September 4, 2014 10:44 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

A couple of years ago, futurist Ray Kurzweil said robots would become sentient by 2029. He originally made this prediction in his 1999 novel, “The Age of Spiritual Machines,” with the addenda that these claims would be largely accepted. In his overall timeline, Kurzweil states that by 2099, there will no longer be any clear distinction between humans and computers and that most conscious entities won’t have a permanent residence (bodies).


Microscopic Advancements Aid Food QC Labs

September 4, 2014 10:35 am | by Jeffery McGinn, McCrone Microscopes and Accessories | The McCrone Group | Comments

Scanning electron microscopy and thermal stage technology are leading the path to modern techniques for food quality control and safety.                                             


Scientist in the Spotlight: Resurrecting Extinct Predators

August 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Comments

Russell Garwood, a research fellow at the Univ. of Manchester, England, worked with Jason Dunlop, a curator at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, to create a video of the movements of an extinct arachnid. The arachnid was one of the first land predators and lived 410 million years ago. Garwood and Dunlop used exceptionally detailed fossils from the Natural History Museum in London to recreate its walking gait.


Printing a Better Community

August 26, 2014 9:37 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Comments

Open-source software and 3-D printing have redefined the approach to traditional laboratory equipment, as well as how we view global R&D.

The Next Next-gen Sequencing

August 26, 2014 9:27 am | by Darren Lee, Vice President of Business Development, Nabsys, Inc. | Comments

Advances in next-generation sequencing (NGS) have lowered the cost of sequencing, enabling a dramatic increase in the number of studies across the fields of basic research, applied research and molecular diagnostics.

Concentrate on Your Concentration Process

August 26, 2014 9:18 am | by Jenny Sprung, Labconco Corp. | Comments

Sample preparation in labs is an essential step. Since there are many choices for sample prep equipment, selecting and optimizing this equipment for your specific type of sample can be an overwhelming task. Given the myriad of sample prep equipment choices, it’s important to choose the right one for your sample to ensure accurate results.

From Chemistry to Clinical

August 26, 2014 8:39 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Comments

One wouldn’t think twice about spotting a mass spectrometer in a research laboratory, but seeing one in the operating room may make you do a double take. It’s that reaction that a team from Purdue Univ. and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) are hoping to change—they want a mass spectrometer to be just as common in the OR as it is in the lab.

Are You Going to Get Cancer?

August 26, 2014 8:14 am | by Christina Jakubowski, News Editor, | Comments

A researcher is working toward a future where one DNA-powered microchip can tell you all you need to know about your genetics.


The Factory of the Future Will Be Shaped by the Internet of Things

August 20, 2014 1:33 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

The Factories of the Future multi-annual roadmap for the years 2014-2020 under Horizon 2020, the European Union (EU) Framework Program for Research and Innovation, sets a vision that echoes similar projects worldwide.


Next-gen Biotech Drives Equipment Advances

August 7, 2014 10:59 am | Comments

The future holds enormous opportunities for the development of new biotech-based devices, equipment, systems and applications.                                                      

Good Water, Good Results

August 7, 2014 10:25 am | by Jim Keary, Global Laboratory & Process Manager, ELGA LabWater | ELGA LabWater, LLC | Comments

Lab water purification systems play a crucial role in everyday work. Here are some pointers for selecting the perfect purification system for your lab.                                               


Specialty Labs Fuel Scientific, Economic Growth

August 7, 2014 10:19 am | by Shepherd Engineering Services, London, UK | Comments

Labs designed for specific purposes help facilitate ground-breaking research in the fast-paced science industry.                                      


The Revival of Environmental Instrumentation

July 7, 2014 11:24 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | AB SCIEX, Ocean Optics, PerkinElmer, Thermo Fisher Scientific | Comments

Advances in the design of ICP-MS, triple quad LCMS and handheld instruments give researchers the ability to detect trace-level contaminants unmeasurable in the past.                              

Prevention Instead of Decontamination

July 7, 2014 11:11 am | by Jasmin Grigat, Product Manager, Microbiology, Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH, Germany | Comments

Single-use systems help reduce and even eliminate contamination from filtration to incubation in microbiological quality control.                            

Innovative, Automated and Simpler Sample Prep

June 10, 2014 4:29 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Hamilton Company, Eppendorf , Thermo Fisher Scientific, Agilent Technologies, Inc. | Comments

Researchers want more of everything in the multitude of lab systems they employ for sample prep—throughput, ease-of-use, accuracy and speed are just a few.                                                   


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