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Engineering Defensibility in the Gas Industry

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Jeanne Mensingh, President and Founder of Labtopia Solutions, Houston | Comments

Laboratory data is critical to every part of the liquefied national gas (LNG) industry. From soil sample data for upstream exploration to purity data used downstream to ensure product quality, LNG professionals rely heavily on timely, accurate and well-organized sample data. An integrated LIMS solution helps ensure accurate, traceable data.


Affordability, Practicality Define New Academic Research Labs

April 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Tim Studt, Editor-in-Chief, R&D | Comments

The design criteria and strategies for new academic research labs have changed in the past several years. Cost-effectiveness, sustainability and flexibility have become the new drivers for academic research labs.


Helium Shortage Opens the Door to Alternatives

April 13, 2015 7:00 am | by Amit Pratap, Lead Analyst, Beroe Consulting | Comments

Helium is an excellent contender for carrier gas but increasing prices and supply shortage are raising concerns among scientists as well as sourcing communities. Many scientists have achieved successful results by using hydrogen or nitrogen as a carrier gas for chromatography processes. Though both hydrogen and nitrogen have trade-offs, the cost benefits and supply assurance speak volumes.


Running Water Equals a Running Lab

April 11, 2015 10:50 am | by Jim Keary, Global Laboratory & Process Manager, ELGA LabWater, UK | Comments

Having fail-safes in place to ensure consistent high-quality water is crucial for productive laboratories. Conducting any research in the lab will invariably necessitate the use of water in a number of different formats, from the buffer on your bench to the sample in your chromatography column. Because of this diversity of uses, it’s important that your water is always fit for purpose and of the right quality.


Making the World a Better Place Through Science

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

The goal of scientists is to partake in a breakthrough discovery leading to a solution that makes the world a better place. That’s why scientists go to school for so long, it’s why they spend years writing grants and gaining funding, it’s why they spend countless hours in a laboratory checking and rechecking results. The role of manufacturers in this scenario is to provide scientists with the advanced tools they need.


Printing Better Drugs for Better Results

April 9, 2015 3:00 pm | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Writer | Comments

3-D printing is essentially layered manufacturing. What varies from project to project, of course, is exactly what is being layered and why. Of particular note, however, are the advancements professionals in the pharmaceutical and drug development industries continue to make using this technology that benefit researchers, consumers and patients.


Scientist in the Spotlight: Jet Lag in a Living Brain

April 9, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Comments

Stories about a living brain in a jar are a mainstay of science fiction B movies. Todd Holmes’ research is moving the concept from movie to lab.


Robots Teach Programming to Preschoolers

April 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor, Bioscience Technology | Comments

IT researchers have developed a new tool to introduce children as young as pre-school aged to programming concepts through the help of a social furry robot called “DragonBot.”  


Hands-on Workshops Pique Interest in STEM

March 17, 2015 2:28 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Pittcon’s Science Week program held workshops and fulfilled equipment grants for students and teachers in the New Orleans area.


Pittcon President Reflects on the 2015 Conference

March 16, 2015 11:04 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Editor-in-Chief Michelle Taylor sat down with Pittcon 2015 President Charlie Holifield to get his thoughts on the conference and the overall industry. Read what he had to say about the annual expo.


The Broad Use of Nanoparticles: Spectroscopy, Medicine and Whisky

March 12, 2015 2:59 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Naomi Halas honored the International Year of Light, shed light (pun intended) on plasmonic nanostructures and addressed what she called “unmet needs in energy and sustainability” in her Keynote speech at Pittcon 2015 in New Orleans.


Pittcon Award Honors Ion Chrom Pioneer

March 9, 2015 9:13 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Pittcon 2015 kicked off in a sunny New Orleans yesterday, Sunday, March 8, with opening comments and welcome from Charles Holifeld, the Pittcon 2015 President. The first act of the night was to award this year’s Pittcon Heritage Award. This year’s recipient was A. Blaine Bowman.


Safety First: Revised Code Ensures Good Hood Practices

March 9, 2015 8:00 am | by Firetrace International | Comments

Volatile chemicals and hazardous materials present substantial challenges in the modern laboratory workspace. The gases that emanate from these substances can be at best an irritation, at worst fatally dangerous when inhaled, and in more and more cases, highly flammable. A recent revision to the fire code regarding fume hoods helps better protect lab personnel.


New Technologies Empower Pure Water

March 6, 2015 10:37 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Water surrounds us; literally. Roughly 60 percent of the human body is made of water, and it covers about 71 percent of Earth. We drink it, we bathe in it, we swim in it. Likewise, water is used in the lab to drive most tests and processes, from buffer solutions and cell cultures to autoclave feeds and diagnostics.


Science is Not Just About Facts

March 6, 2015 10:21 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

A recent study from The Pew Research Centers suggests that bridging the gap between the public and scientists is not about scientific facts or knowledge, it’s about the public’s belief system.   



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