Looking at recent laboratory accidents and tragedies, it seems that chemists are still learning lab safety the hard way. By analyzing these students’ mistakes, many chemists can avoid these types of occurrences in the future.
This issue of Laboratory Equipment celebrates the 50th anniversary of our publication. Over that half century, we're proud to say we haven't changed our basic overall mission of providing you with the latest information on new products, technologies and materials that allow you to do your job better. We continue to do our job better by providing you with faster information, more detail and in a broad range of formats.
As much as we'd like to say that we're working toward creating a greener environment, we apparently are a long way away from actually making much of an impact in 2013. We're learning more about the potential impact of what we're doing to the environment, but we need to be more aggressive in actually changing what we do.
Automation technology is revolutionizing the healthcare and food industries. From infusion pumps to 24/7 temperature control and real-time testing and analysis, the development of embedded smart technologies is leading to better care and safety, new growth and vastly improved research and analysis.
I am constantly amazed at the speed at which technology seems to be changing and how fast we're catching up with the future. Two recent publications bring this fact home: a Brookings Institution research article and the “The Future Issue” (January 14, 2013) of Fortune magazine.
Technologies continue to advance across a wide range of areas. Two that are particularly intriguing are space and computer technologies.
Collaboration is, unfortunately, not as common as hoped for in the scientific community. Some researchers are quick to point out the detrimental effects and the increase of scientific capability in non-traditional powerhouse countries, like China and Russia, raises additional concerns . But like most things, there is a time and place for collaboration—and that’s in genomics.
Almost 400 years after Galileo was jailed for his groundbreaking observations of a heliocentric universe, the Italian courts seem to be up to their old tricks again, now persecuting nationally recognized scientists for something completely out of their control.
A recent news report by the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the award of 14 new grants for the third year of its Dimensions of Biodiversity program. Partnering with the Sao Paulo State Research Foundation of Brazil, the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation and NASA (for remote sensing), this program is expected to transform our understanding of the scope and role of life on earth by 2020.
Every research manager knows that most research projects are fraught with risk. But, with today's high-performance computer modeling, simulation, analytical and technological proficiency capabilities, there are times when to fail in a research endeavor is now considered unacceptable.
Laboratory Equipment has a new website with much more than just a new look—it has dramatically improved and new functionalities, speed, and user-friendliness.
It is indeed a pity that the political election will affect a finalization of the government's R&D budget. The Budget Control Act of 2011 might have been the impetus needed to at least identify those agencies where R&D budgets will be trimmed or maintained. But, as it is, there is the continuing uncertainty for another full year.
Despite all manner of mostly political statements about how countries should reduce their CO2 emissions to lessen greenhouse gas emissions, these emissions continue to grow on a global basis with no study group denying that they will even level off anytime within the next century. Whether or not CO2 is responsible for global warming or if it’s solar activity-based or some other combined effect, we need to adjust for it.
Science and technology have become a large part of the Olympic Games to ensure the fairness of the winners, to optimize the competing athletes’ physical capabilities and to ensure a safe and enjoyable competition.
At its core, the pink slime issue is just like every other food-ingredient obsession that generates a lot of media attention. It’s not the products that are harmful, it is the system. Our food comes from a flawed system that no one is quite sure how to perfect.