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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,...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.  

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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.

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? 

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