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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.?


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.


Donate Your Body to Science, Without Dying First

May 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Typically, when someone chooses to donate their body to science, it’s as a cadaver. While cadavers are great learning tools, there’s something to be said for having access to living, breathing humans. Now, a group of scientists has discovered a way to circumvent the “you must be dead first” rule.


Too Busy to Learn a New Language? With Google, Think Again!

May 20, 2015 8:41 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

What do foreign languages and instant messages have to do with one another? A new application from MIT cleverly combines the two—seeking to teach you a new language in the standby time that is usually consumed staring at a screen with three dots or a chat box that reads “is typing.”


Does Political Media Coverage Affect the Vaccination Debate?

May 12, 2015 12:05 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

I read a study the other day that I find both hard to believe and disagreeable. The study centers on media coverage of public health measures, specifically vaccinations. It examines two politically charged health controversies. According to the study, media coverage of both events did not start by highlighting the political aspects of the controversies.


An Observation on... Observation

May 8, 2015 3:00 pm | by Neil Burton, Director, Q3 Analytical | Comments

Scientists and clinicians need to be observant. With modern technology, this can often be overlooked. Sometimes the most important technology is the one carrying out the experiment, who has evolved over millions of years to observe and, more importantly, infer things.



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