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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...

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...

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.                                                         

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.                                                           

Laboratory Equipment: December 2014

December 17, 2014 10:20 am | Digital Editions | Comments

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. 

Predicting the Lab of the Future

December 17, 2014 10:17 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

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.

2014: Celebrating the Year of Women in Science

December 17, 2014 10:15 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

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.

Choosing Wisely: What Equipment Should You Buy and Why?

December 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Jeffrey Duchemin, CEO, Harvard Bioscience, Inc., Holliston, Mass. | Articles | Comments

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?

Stability vs. Efficiency in Ultra-low Freezer Design

December 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Joe LaPorte, Director of Product Management, Panasonic Healthcare North America, Wood Dale, Ill. | Articles | Comments

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.

Laboratory Equipment: November 2014

November 14, 2014 1:56 pm | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

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.

Ebola Watch: The Importance of Stopping Contamination

November 6, 2014 3:16 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Contamination incidents in the lab—and in hospitals—feed new concerns about checks and balances in high-risk environments.

The Fall of the Needle Empire

November 6, 2014 3:01 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

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.

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