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Laboratory Equipment: April 2015

April 21, 2015 10:37 am | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

The April issue of Laboratory Equipment features a cover story on the innovations behind Pittcon 2015 and how they combine to make the world a healthier place. Other article topics include 3-D printing drugs, helium shortage, data defensibility and more! Check out all the headlines below.

Engineering Defensibility in the Gas Industry

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Jeanne Mensingh, President and Founder of Labtopia Solutions, Houston | Articles | Comments

Laboratory data is critical to every part of the liquefied national gas (LNG) industry. From...

Time to Say Goodbye to an Old Flame

April 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Arnold Schwartz, President, Global Market Connections, Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

As heat sources go in the academic science laboratory, the alcohol lamp has remained the old...

Helium Shortage Opens the Door to Alternatives

April 13, 2015 7:00 am | by Amit Pratap, Lead Analyst, Beroe Consulting | Articles | Comments

Helium is an excellent contender for carrier gas but increasing prices and supply shortage are...

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Running Water Equals a Running Lab

April 11, 2015 10:50 am | by Jim Keary, Global Laboratory & Process Manager, ELGA LabWater, UK | Articles | Comments

Having fail-safes in place to ensure consistent high-quality water is crucial for productive laboratories. Conducting any research in the lab will invariably necessitate the use of water in a number of different formats, from the buffer on your bench to the sample in your chromatography column. Because of this diversity of uses, it’s important that your water is always fit for purpose and of the right quality.

Making the World a Better Place Through Science

April 10, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

The goal of scientists is to partake in a breakthrough discovery leading to a solution that makes the world a better place. That’s why scientists go to school for so long, it’s why they spend years writing grants and gaining funding, it’s why they spend countless hours in a laboratory checking and rechecking results. The role of manufacturers in this scenario is to provide scientists with the advanced tools they need.

Printing Better Drugs for Better Results

April 9, 2015 3:00 pm | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Writer | Articles | Comments

3-D printing is essentially layered manufacturing. What varies from project to project, of course, is exactly what is being layered and why. Of particular note, however, are the advancements professionals in the pharmaceutical and drug development industries continue to make using this technology that benefit researchers, consumers and patients.

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A Band-Aid for Science Funding

April 7, 2015 7:01 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

In the good ole days, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded about a third of the research proposals it received. In the past decade, the agency has only been able to fund one in six. Last year, NIH Director Francis Collins told USA Today that, because of inflation, the NIH budget has lost 25 percent of its purchasing power in the last 10 years.

Laboratory Equipment: March 2015

March 16, 2015 11:36 am | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

The March issue of Laboratory Equipment features a cover story on new research and technologies that are driving water purification in both the laboratory and society. It also features an exclusive interview with the new ACS president, Tom Connelly. Other feature articles cover response time guarantees, Wi-Fi in cold environments, DNA sequencing, the public's distrust of scientists and more.  

New Technologies Empower Pure Water

March 6, 2015 10:37 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Water surrounds us; literally. Roughly 60 percent of the human body is made of water, and it covers about 71 percent of Earth. We drink it, we bathe in it, we swim in it. Likewise, water is used in the lab to drive most tests and processes, from buffer solutions and cell cultures to autoclave feeds and diagnostics.

Science is Not Just About Facts

March 6, 2015 10:21 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

A recent study from The Pew Research Centers suggests that bridging the gap between the public and scientists is not about scientific facts or knowledge, it’s about the public’s belief system.   

Beware of Response Time Guarantees

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Jennifer Daugherty, Business Development Coordinator, Remi, Charlotte, N.C. | Articles | Comments

The truth behind guarantees in equipment service agreements can frighten some lab managers.

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Last Word: 2020 Vision: Green, Safe, Sustainable

March 6, 2015 10:06 am | by Barbara and Ed Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions | Articles | Comments

What will green, safe, and sustainable look like in 2020? How will regulatory efforts and corporate policies influence manufacturing, cleaning and contamination control?

When Freezing Wi-Fi is a Good Thing

March 6, 2015 9:59 am | by Jim Baker, Electrical Engineer, Ventev Wireless Infrastructure, Hunt Valley, Md. | Articles | Comments

Ensuring reliable Wi-Fi in harsh conditions, such as the freezing cold, can be complex, but researchers have found safe solutions to stay connected and monitor the working area.

Pick the Right Water: Your Sequence Depends on It

March 6, 2015 9:49 am | by Estelle Riché, Senior Scientist, Millipore SAS and Sean Kennedy, Co-Director, MetaGenoPolis NGS platform, MetaQuant | Articles | Comments

Although overlooked, water is an essential reagent to ensure high-quality next-generation sequencing.

Laboratory Equipment: February 2015

February 27, 2015 5:05 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Laboratory Equipment’s February issue gets you ready for Pittcon, which is just two weeks away in New Orleans. Inside, find a cover story examining the research discoveries that push science forward year after year, and expect to make a showing at this year’s Pittcon. Life science articles discuss personalized medicine and its effect on cancer, as well as system integration as the key to efficiency. Other articles include how to choose the right plastic tubing, and how to choose the right rotary evaporation pump. Don’t forget to check out the supplements, Chromatography Techniques and the Pittcon Digest 2015. 

Innovations Pave the Way for Scientific Discoveries

February 6, 2015 4:21 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Pittcon 2015 unveils new discoveries in equipment and lab solutions that accelerate scientific research.                                                         

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The Lab and the Literature: Driving Personalized Medicine

February 6, 2015 4:08 pm | by Jaqui Hodgkinson, VP Product Development, Elsevier | Articles | Comments

Both the amount and quality of generated data are challenges personalized medicine must conquer to become the norm in practiced medicine.                                                   

Total System Integration Key to Business Efficiency

February 6, 2015 4:02 pm | by Nick Recht, Enterprise Product Manager, TEKLYNX Americas, Whitefish Bay, Wis. | Articles | Comments

An integrated barcode labeling solution that can pull data from an entire company database can help increase productivity, efficiency and revenue.                                                        

Avoid Misconceptions: Choose the Right Couplings for Your Plastic Tubing

February 6, 2015 3:53 pm | by Tearssa Ramirez, Marketing Coordinator, LinkTech Couplings, Ventura, Calif. | Articles | Comments

Every application is different, from flow characteristics to chemical compatibility, so it’s important to choose the right coupling to ensure leak-free, accurate performance.                                               

How to Select a Pump for Rotary Evaporation

February 6, 2015 3:42 pm | by Roland Anderson, Laboratory Products Manager, KNF Neuberger, Inc., Trenton, N.J. | Articles | Comments

Evaporation is one of the most common tasks performed in a chemistry laboratory. But, how do you go about selecting the correct vacuum pump for your rotary evaporator? Or, if you already have a vacuum pump, how do you know whether it is well-suited for this application? 

Laboratory Equipment: January 2015

January 16, 2015 9:44 am | Digital Editions | Comments

The January issue of Laboratory Equipment features a cover story on the advancement of robotics in the lab, in society and in the world. This issue also features a list of good mobile apps for lab professionals. Other articles cover confocal microscopy, the future of UV/Vis, strategies for sustainable lab design and designing a lab around collaborative science.

Lab App Wrap

January 5, 2015 3:23 pm | by Bea Riemschneider, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

We all rely on our mobile devices in one way or another, so why not for work, too? Here are some lab-based apps to help you navigate your busy day.                                              

Extending the Boundaries of Confocal Microscopy

January 5, 2015 3:16 pm | by William Fox, Vice President, Technology Operations and Chief Technology Officer, Caliber Imaging & Diagnostics, Rochester, N.Y. | Articles | Comments

Ongoing advancements in medicine have propelled confocal microscopy into exciting new research areas.                                                      

Defining New Roles for Robots

January 5, 2015 2:42 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

As technology advances and robots become smarter, the science industry is experimenting with ways to integrate these autonomous systems.                                                   

Friendly Robots, Friendly Future

January 5, 2015 1:16 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

This is real life—it’s not a science fiction movie. We’re not living in the highly evolved world of Dr. Dave Bowman and his murderous computer HAL 9000, nor are we living in James Cameron’s version of 2029 with muscular cyborgs and time travel capabilities. We live in the year 2015, where basic to advanced AI has thus far influenced a variety of fields—for the better. 

Ten Strategies for Sustainable Lab Design

January 5, 2015 1:09 pm | by Blake Jackson, Sustainability Practice Leader and Stephen Palumbo, Project Manager, Tsoi/Kobus and Associates, and Jacob Knowles, Director of Sustainable Design, BR+A Consulting Engineers | Articles | Comments

Rethinking laboratory exhaust and ventilation, sharing resources and fume hood sash competitions are all components of designing and operating a successful sustainable lab.                                              

Building’s Design Reflects Campus, Science Collaborations

January 5, 2015 1:02 pm | by Joseph Rettig, Director of Architecture, BBS Architects, Patchogue, N.Y. | Articles | Comments

A new sustainable academic life sciences structure builds on already existing relationships to highlight collaboration among its 11 laboratories.                                                     

LEDs Light Up the Future of UV/Vis

January 5, 2015 12:47 pm | by Hari Venugopalan, Director of Global Product Management, Crystal IS, Green Island, N.Y. | Articles | Comments

UVC LEDs are proving their worth in UV/Vis spectroscopy applications by offering better performance, faster data acquisition and longer lifetimes.                                                           

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