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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.?


Nanotechnology Will Sustain Us in Space

November 20, 2015 11:08 am | by S. H. Jucha, Author, The Silver Ships | Comments

Expansion of the human race into space will require conquering new and unique problems. Obstacles that were overcome in early space exploration have already made invaluable contributions to today’s technologies and helped tackle problems we have faced planet-side.


Is Science Too Complicated for Women?

November 4, 2015 8:58 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

It upsets me when prominent men make disparaging comments about women in science. But what upsets me more is when women make disparaging comments about other women, whether in science or elsewhere. Recently, a woman named Averil Macdonald did just that, suggesting women in the U.K. don’t support fracking because they “don’t understand” the science behind the oil extraction process. 


The Scientific Race Gap

October 20, 2015 3:55 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

It’s no secret many “gaps” exist in science. We’ve talked about them before—there is a gap between overall women in the workforce and women in STEM, especially high-ranking positions. There is a gap between the general public and scientists in terms of how much trust the public has in scientists and regarding topic-specific areas, like GMOs and climate change.  


Last Word: Back to the Future

October 19, 2015 10:19 am | by Mark Paskanik, CRB | Comments

When designing laboratories today, we should draw upon the successes of the past. Edison is known for creating the first industrial research lab that applied the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork. So how is Edison’s lab similar to those we design today?


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.



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