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U.S. Demonstrates Hypocrisy in Space

July 20, 2015 | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

NASA has overcome political tension with Russia to ensure continued operation of the International Space Station. However, there is still a law that prohibits NASA from working with China's space agency on the ISS. Isn't that a bit hypocritical of the U.S.?


Tesla’s New Car Can Protect You from Biological Warfare

October 2, 2015 2:51 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Elon Musk’s new Tesla Model X is the car that may turn me into a car person. Yes it’s pretty and futuristic and has doors that open DeLorean style—but that’s not it. The coolest feature of the new Model X is its “biodefense mode.”


Fresh Food is Not Just for Earth — There’s Now Space Lettuce

September 22, 2015 2:29 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

September’s cover story discussed the emerging technologies that will help feed a growing population of 9 billion people here on Earth. What it doesn’t address is how we will feed people not living on Earth.


In the Push for Marketable Skills, Are We Forgetting the Beauty and Poetry of STEM Disciplines?

September 15, 2015 4:25 pm | by Paul Myers, Chair of Computer Science at Trinity University | Comments

Thousands of students are preparing to begin their job searches with newly earned STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees in hand, eagerly waiting to use the logical, analytical and practical skills they’ve acquired. However, as qualified as they might be, they could be missing one critical component of the STEM field – art.


When it Comes to Academic Quality, Europeans Show the Way

September 15, 2015 4:20 pm | by David Dill, Professor of Public Policy | Comments

There is a growing concern about the cost, quality and value of higher education. Despite the increasing cost of an academic degree, recent studies show substantial percentages of students, even in the most selective US colleges and universities, have failed to demonstrate significant improvement in critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing skills over the four years of college.


Virtualizing Biotech: Efficiency, Adaptability and Platform

August 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Janaki Joshi, CEO & Founder Iris Interactive | Comments

Today, cutting edge biotechs are using the “Lean Start-up Model,” which started in the high-tech industry in the late ‘90s. My philosophy is all things are possible with a clear vision and effective communications.


A Good Month for Blood

August 17, 2015 11:21 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

July 2015 may prove to be the start of it all—at least in the laboratory diagnostics and blood testing industry. Multiple decisions made last month could disrupt the $50 billion blood testing industry as we know it—and put the power back in the hands of people.


The Google of Things: Why Multiple Suppliers is a Good Thing

July 10, 2015 7:00 am | by Jon Mosher, Founder/Owner, M2 Scientifics | Comments

As the Founder/CEO of a laboratory supplier, I’d love to tell my clients to buy everything from us. However, I find it is more valuable for them to explore multiple options. Because let’s face it—as much as I’d love for my company to be the end-all-be-all for them, it’s just not the reality. 


Self-made Billionaire’s Blood Testing Company Clears FDA, Receives Backlash

July 8, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos are having a great week. First, the FDA cleared the company’s finger stick technology. And just a few days later, the state of Arizona passed a law that will usher in a new generation of preventative health care, and open an even wider door for Theranos' blood tests. Of course, the success is not without its detractors. 


USA Today Says We Have a Lab Safety Problem, But What is it Exactly?

July 7, 2015 9:28 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

A new report from the USA Today calls into question the number and safety of high-containment research facilities in the United States. But is the number really the problem? Or is the lack of safety standards for today's laboratories?


Six Wild Ideas That May Be the Future of Aviation

July 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

NASA may have just discovered the future of air transportation in a Shark Tank-style pitch meeting with its current employees— or they may not have. It’s too soon to tell, but definitely not too soon to imagine BIG. 


A Perpetual Dilemma: Rent or Buy?

June 17, 2015 10:13 am | by Robert Preville, Founder & CEO, Kwipped | Comments

The debate over whether it’s smarter to rent or purchase laboratory equipment is one that will never come to a definitive conclusion because the best option differs depending on a number of variables. There is a wide range of factors that should be considered.


Google on the Rise of Robots: Get a Grip

June 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Finally, someone of high importance has said what I’ve been writing for a long time: artificial intelligence (AI) will not be the death of society. There will be no “rise of the robots.” They will not revolt and use their intelligence against us. Instead, they will use their learning skills to help solve challenges like food shortages, global warming, access to clean water and even stock market rises.


How to Get Girls into STEM? Stop Insulting Them, for Starters

June 12, 2015 7:00 am | by MaryBeth DiDonna, Editor, Controlled Environments | Comments

A Nobel scientist has resigned from his position at University College London, after suggesting that women should stay out of laboratories because they distract men. Why is there such a stigma against women in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields, and how does this attitude affect school-aged girls?


A Moratorium on Gene Editing

June 9, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

A big round of applause should be given to Jennifer Doudna, a molecular biologist from UC Berkeley. She recently invented a scientific technique that can literally change the world. But rather than pounce on the fame and fortune that comes with such brilliance, the molecular biologist chose instead to take measured public actions to ensure her technology is used safely.


Pentagon Accidentally Ships Live Anthrax Samples to 9 States

May 28, 2015 3:26 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that it accidently shipped live anthrax samples from one of its labs in Utah to commercial labs in nine U.S states, as well as a U.S. military base in South Korea. But don’t worry, the CDC is on the case. The same CDC that accidently exposed 75 lab workers to a dangerous anthrax bacteria last summer—less than one year ago.



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