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The Revival of Environmental Instrumentation

July 7, 2014 | 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.                                                   


Benchtop Solutions Broaden NMR Use

June 10, 2014 4:06 pm | by Andrew Coy and Bertram Manz, Magritek, New Zealand | Comments

Smaller, more technologically advanced NMR systems have helped broaden the use of the measurement solution.                                                                     


Fume Hood vs. Evidence Drying Cabinet

June 10, 2014 4:00 pm | by Kelly Williams, Product Manager, Labconco, Kansas City, Mo. | Labconco Corporation | Comments

To ensure the safety and accuracy of work and personnel, it is always best to use an evidence drying cabinet, not fume hood, when drying evidence.                                                  


Many “Acid Bath” Stem Cell Investigators Are Investigated

May 8, 2014 7:00 am | by Cynthia Fox, Bioscience Technology | Comments

The STAP “acid bath” cell saga has been filled with twists and turns. Now, in the latest development, most members of the committee investigating the work are under investigation themselves, and the committee chairman, Shunsuke Ishii, has resigned.


Pleasant Containment

May 7, 2014 3:30 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Penn State’s advanced bio lab provides natural light to a normally windowless bunker-like biocontainment facility.                                     


DIY Lab Equipment for All

May 7, 2014 3:29 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Comments

Not every laboratory has the luxury of a brand-new centrifuge or thermal cycler, especially labs in poorer parts of the world. Lina Nilsson set out to do something about that by employing a do-it-yourself (DIY) technique. Nilsson is the founder of Tekla Labs, an innovative website that enables scientists to construct their own high-quality lab equipment using readily available, off-the-shelf items.


A Rejected Theory Turned Important Discovery

May 7, 2014 3:25 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Comments

We once thought the Earth was flat—and we were wrong. We once thought Earth was one giant supercontinent on only one occasion—and we were wrong then, too, as proven by Ohio Univ. professor R. Damian Nance and his colleague Prof. Thomas Worsley. When Nance and Worsley proposed their theory of a supercontinent cycle—a series of supercontinents forming, breaking up and reforming over time—in 1982 the scientific community scoffed at the idea.


Diversity, Collaboration Mark New Argonne Directorship

May 7, 2014 3:20 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Comments

On April 1, 2014, Peter Littlewood took the helm at Argonne National Laboratory, being selected to serve as the national lab’s 13th director. Littlewood, a Professor of Physics at the Univ. of Chicago and the previous Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering at Argonne, brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and a plethora of new ideas to the table.


A Green Hydrogen Economy

May 7, 2014 3:15 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Comments

Katherine Ayers, Director of Research for Proton OnSite, was just awarded an American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Women Chemists Committee 2014 Rising Star Award for her work in developing gas generation technology. For the last seven years, Ayers has worked to develop bigger and better Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) hydrogen gas generators. 


R&D Globalization Sees Power Shifts

May 7, 2014 3:13 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Asian R&D is ascendant at the expense of U.S. and European efforts.                                                            


Purchasing New Research Lab Systems

May 7, 2014 3:05 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

A slew of complex issues, procedures and equipment await the purchaser.                                                              


Operating Tomorrow’s Research Lab

May 7, 2014 2:50 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Workload and staffing are concerns, while outsourcing has taken a backseat.                                                          


Technological Trends in the Lab

May 7, 2014 2:39 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Slight enhancements will make analyses faster, easier and better.                                                                 


Translational Facilities Blend Research with Clinical Care

May 5, 2014 3:44 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Comments

Basic research labs are being closely integrated with medical-based clinical facilities to accelerate the overall bench-to-bedside process.                                              



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