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.
We all rely on our mobile devices in one way or another...
Ongoing advancements in medicine have propelled...
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.
Rethinking laboratory exhaust and ventilation, sharing resources and fume hood sash competitions are all components of designing and operating a successful sustainable lab.
A new sustainable academic life sciences structure builds on already existing relationships to highlight collaboration among its 11 laboratories.
UVC LEDs are proving their worth in UV/Vis spectroscopy applications by offering better performance, faster data acquisition and longer lifetimes.
The December issue of Laboratory Equipment features a cover story on the predicting the lab of the future, with imaging, 3-D printing, automation and funding all playing a role. Other article topics include how to choose the correct lab equipment, and long-term considerations for picking a freezer. Showcased products include: vacuum equipment, centrifuges, temperature devices, proteomics, environmental and field testing and more.
Hypothesizing about the lab of the future in the next decade unveils specific technologies that will revolutionize the industry and propel science forward. In a recent Laboratory Equipment reader survey, 48 percent of respondents said instrumentation improvements will expand their research capabilities in the next 10 years.
The media is often accused of being perpetrators of bad news—that is, it takes every opportunity to report negative news. Take your local news channel, for example. I’d bet that on any given night, negative news reports outweigh positive reports by a ratio of 10:1. But, with the year coming to a close, I want to take time to highlight some of the positive strides society, specifically women in science, have made in 2014.
The challenge of purchasing equipment for a modern laboratory requires original, innovative thinking on several fronts. In today’s fast-changing work environment within the life sciences, it is crucial that the manager of a laboratory establish answers to several important questions, such as: What varieties of equipment are affordable? What specific equipment will be useful? And what should one specifically look for in an equipment seller?
One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, a truly energy-efficient ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezer will reach the market. Unfortunately for now, no technology exists that provides significant gains in efficiency, without compromising unit stability. Energy efficiency should always be considered in today’s green world, but don’t ignore other important long-term considerations.
The November issue of Laboratory Equipment features a cover story on the importance of stopping contamination both in labs and hospitals, and raises new concerns about checks and balances in high-risk environments. Other article topics include: flooring and ductless fume hoods in lab construction, and weighing techniques that help reduce sample prep.
Contamination incidents in the lab—and in hospitals—feed new concerns about checks and balances in high-risk environments.
The fear of needles is recognized in medical literature as needle phobia, or trypanophobia. It has also been recognized in the research community recently as an area that needs improvement, with several companies and universities undertaking studies that seemingly portray a "death to needles" attitude.
Ductless fume hoods, also known as carbon-filtered enclosures, are self-contained, filtered laboratory enclosures that remove hazardous fumes, vapors and particles from the laboratory. Unlike traditional fume hoods, installation costs are low and no ductwork is required. Therefore, many people think it is a slam dunk when they first learn of them. Not so fast.
First impressions are always important in a new or renovated building, encouraging architects and interior designers to choose finish materials that support an eye-pleasing aesthetic. However, just as important are the performance features of these materials, particularly in buildings that encompass multiple functions under one roof.
A gravimetric approach to sample preparation increases accuracy and precision while reducing material use and costs.
The October issue of Laboratory Equipment features a cover story on new pharmaceutical advancements, and the enabling technologies that bolster the drug development industry. Other article topics include: big data in pharma, surprising facts about water, streamlining paperless labs, ball mills in nanotechnology and personalized microscopy. Products covered include reagents and solvents, workstations, LIMS, infrared, food and beverage, imaging, forensics and more.
Technological advances in pharmaceutical development improve the speed, performance, cost and results of research efforts.
We’re now at the point where we understand the value of diversity and the potential knowledge we can gain for ourselves by examining the capabilities of those animals who have similar capabilities to us. How can we not work to that end?
A 3-D-printed clip and glass bead have combined with a smartphone to produce an inexpensive microscope that can be used anytime, anywhere.
Lab water is a critical component of any laboratory, helping drive cutting-edge research while ensuring consistent, accurate results.
Faster, more accurate and more consistent instrumentation is key to capitalizing on and furthering the advancements of the nanotechnology industry.
Effectively harnessing data can accelerate the development of drugs and therapeutics, thereby improving patient care and outcome.
Paperless, or more accurately integrated, labs enjoy streamlined operations with better data, while minimizing costs, validation and maintenance.
The September issue of Laboratory Equipment features a cover story on the dangers and non-dangers of food additives in our food supply, in addition to the high-tech mass spectrometry techniques used to detect and identify the adulterants. Other articles tackle microscopes for food QC and a future inhabited by robots. Products include: ovens and furnaces, Raman, data loggers and recorders, lab safety and gas supplies.
The August issue of Laboratory Equipment features a cover story about next-gen biotech driving the development of equipment, devices, systems and additional applications. One article details the importance of water purification systems in attaining accurate results, while the other the role specialty labs play in scientific and economic growth. Special product sections/applications include: baths, microscopes, IC, chemicals and standards, pipettes, lab automation, lab design and liquid handling.
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