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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.                                              

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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.

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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.

Elements to Consider before Choosing a Ductless Fume Hood

November 6, 2014 2:50 pm | by Diane Williamson, Senior Technical Specialist, Labconco Corp. | Articles | Comments

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.

Ensuring Comfort, Functionality from the Ground Up

November 6, 2014 2:32 pm | by nora systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

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.

Weighing the Advantages of Gravimetric Analysis

November 6, 2014 1:55 pm | by Joanne Ratcliff, Communications Project Manager, Laboratory Weighing, METTLER TOLEDO | Articles | Comments

A gravimetric approach to sample preparation increases accuracy and precision while reducing material use and costs.                                                

Laboratory Equipment: October 2014

October 13, 2014 10:08 am | Digital Editions | Comments

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.

New Technologies Drive Pace of Drug Development

October 7, 2014 12:34 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Technological advances in pharmaceutical development improve the speed, performance, cost and results of research efforts.

Elephants, Whales and Dolphins, Oh My!

October 7, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

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? 

High-powered Microscopy in the Palm of Your Hand

October 7, 2014 12:22 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

A 3-D-printed clip and glass bead have combined with a smartphone to produce an inexpensive microscope that can be used anytime, anywhere.                                   

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