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LabOutlook: June 2015

July 2, 2015 12:17 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Digital Editions | Comments

Click the cover to read all the features in LabOutlook, a digital magazine dedicated to Building the Lab of the Future...Today.

Laboratory Equipment: June 2015

June 17, 2015 10:35 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Digital Editions | Comments

The June issue of Laboratory Equipment features a cover story on how to "green" your lab bench,...

A Perpetual Dilemma: Rent or Buy?

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

The debate over whether it’s smarter to rent or purchase laboratory equipment is one that will...

Food Research at the Microscale

June 17, 2015 10:12 am | by Jeffrey McGinn, President and Director of Instrument Sales at McCrone Microscopes and Accessories, Westmont, Ill. | Articles | Comments

Recent advances in polarized thermal stage microscopy have served to enhance the research...

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Can You Trust that Label?

June 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Scientific intervention is needed in the growing field of food authenticity to ensure consumers are purchasing exactly what they expect. Food authentication, especially for items such as honey and olive oil, is becoming more prevalent due to a rise in counterfeiting and mislabeling.

First Rock from the Sun: MESSENGER's Incredible Findings

June 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Thanks to a slew of carefully designed scientific instruments on the MESSENGER spacecraft, we now know more than ever about the innermost planet of our solar system. 

The Fall of a $220 Million Crime Lab

June 12, 2015 7:00 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor, Forensic Magazine | Articles | Comments

The D.C. Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL), with its shiny solar-shading panels and green roof, was a model of sustainability and efficiency when it opened with LEED Platinum certification in 2012. But only five months later, cracks in its green-glass façade had quickly appeared.

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How to Green Your Bench

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

Do you want to be part of a $98.5 billion industry in five years? If so, you should join the “green chemistry” revolution, according to a report from Pike Research. In this article, experts weigh in on reliable green alternatives that save both the environment and money.

A Moratorium on Gene Editing

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

Laboratory Equipment: May 2015

May 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

The May issue of Laboratory Equipment has a cover story on the International Space Station, and how it has been able to stay state-of-the-art 15 years into its mission. Other articles detail different research approaches to HIV, collaboration in health care, calibration standards and rubber flooring. Special sections include life science and biomedical and lab design and furnishings. 

Rubber Flooring is Safe, Comfortable and Even Educational

May 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by nora systems, Inc., Salem, N.H. | Articles | Comments

When the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, made plans to renovate its Ekeley Sciences Building, concerns over safety and accessibility were front and center. But during discussions to discern the needs of occupants, additional considerations came into focus, particularly with regard to the floor covering. Simple to maintain and chemical-resistant, rubber flooring in laboratories ensures years of happy researchers and even better results.

Up to Your Standards: The Importance of Accurate Calibration

May 13, 2015 7:00 am | by Larry Gallagher, Specialty and Medical Gas Products Manager, CONCOA, Virginia Beach, Virginia | Articles | Comments

The results of any analysis using modern instrumentation are determined by the accuracy of calibrating the readings against a known standard and proper zeroing of the instrument. Many factors need to be considered when establishing how and with what you perform these calibrations.

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Collaboration is Reshaping the Future of Care

May 11, 2015 7:00 am | by Faisal Mushtaq, SVP & General Manager Payer/Life Sciences Business, Allscripts | Articles | Comments

Value-based care, an umbrella term encompassing ideas including accountable care, population health and financial incentives for outcomes, will eventually be the norm for healthcare delivery and reimbursement. Health care improvements facilitated through partnerships between physicians, patients, pharmaceutical and life science companies are a win-win for everyone.

An Observation on... Observation

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

A Tale of Two Worlds

May 6, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The Internet is a wonderful thing. But, it can be a point of contention, with grandparents, parents and older siblings repeatedly muttering “get off your phone and live in the real world.” I may be guilty of saying this once or twice to my younger sister. What I’ve come to realize, though, is that while it may not be a tangible world, there is a “real world” inside the 0’s and 1’s of the Internet.

Different Lab-based Approaches Drive HIV Research

May 5, 2015 3:00 pm | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Science Writer | Articles | Comments

HIV and AIDS affected approximately 35 million individuals throughout the world in 2013, and that number has continued to rise since the World Health Organization published these statistics. Researchers are employing a variety of R&D strategies in the fight to eradicate HIV/AIDS.

Modularity in Microgravity: How the ISS is State-of-the-art 15 Years Later

May 4, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

The single requirement all new construction laboratories have in common is modularity. When spending millions of dollars on a single structure, it makes sense for developers to demand the most bang for their buck. The modular design of the International Space Station allows it to keep up with evolving technology.

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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 soil sample data for upstream exploration to purity data used downstream to ensure product quality, LNG professionals rely heavily on timely, accurate and well-organized sample data. An integrated LIMS solution helps ensure accurate, traceable data.

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 standby for many years. Unfortunately, this inexpensive heat source has been involved in a continuous series of laboratory accidents, many of which have been quite serious.

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 raising concerns among scientists as well as sourcing communities. Many scientists have achieved successful results by using hydrogen or nitrogen as a carrier gas for chromatography processes. Though both hydrogen and nitrogen have trade-offs, the cost benefits and supply assurance speak volumes.

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.

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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