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Affordability, Practicality Define New Academic Research Labs

April 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Tim Studt, Editor-in-Chief, R&D | Articles | Comments

The design criteria and strategies for new academic research labs have changed in the past several years. Cost-effectiveness, sustainability and flexibility have become the new drivers for academic research labs.

Scientist in the Spotlight: Jet Lag in a Living Brain

April 9, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Stories about a living brain in a jar are a mainstay of science fiction B movies. Todd Holmes’...

Robots Teach Programming to Preschoolers

April 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor, Bioscience Technology | Articles | Comments

IT researchers have developed a new tool to introduce children as young as pre-school aged to...

‘Lightning Bolts’ in Brain Show Learning in Action

March 30, 2015 3:00 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers have captured images of the underlying biological activity within brain cells and...

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Academic Sourceguide: November 2014

November 14, 2014 2:11 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

The Academic Sourceguide supplement is chock-full of exclusive articles about the state of science in colleges and universities. Check out the cover story on a Passive House-certified lab, a feature on safety, conversations with National Medal of Science winners and more. 

Changing the Culture to One of Safety

November 12, 2014 4:49 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

The frequency of both serious and fatal lab accidents in academic chemistry labs in the past few years has become increasingly alarming. Two new sets of guidelines are taking lab safety to an elevated level, seeking to change an organization’s culture rather than rule set.

Conversations with National Medal of Science Winners

November 12, 2014 4:40 pm | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The National Medal of Science, created by Congress in 1959, is the country’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. A 12-member presidential committee, presented by the National Science Foundation, selects the award recipients. Recently announced by President Obama, the editors catch up with 2014 National Medal of Science winners to get their thoughts on the award.


Designing Academic Structures for the Long Haul

November 12, 2014 4:22 pm | by Tim Studt, Editor-in-Chief of R&D | Articles | Comments

The Univ. of Chicago recently opened the first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America. The 2,800-sq-ft Warren Woods Ecological Field Station is only the fifth Passive House-certified laboratory in the world and the first outside of Germany.

Solving Tomorrow’s Problems with Today’s Teachers

November 12, 2014 4:07 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

The American Association of Chemistry Teachers is the first organization of its kind in the U.S. dedicated to improving chemistry education and providing specialized resources to more than one million K-12 chemistry and physical science teachers nationwide.

The Time Tobacco Actually Saved Lives

November 12, 2014 3:56 pm | by Skip Derra | Articles | Comments

The success of an experimental tobacco-based pharmaceutical in saving the lives of two people with Ebola may finally force big pharma to take plant-based drugs seriously.

Scientist in the Spotlight: Visiting the Red Planet— in Hawaii

November 12, 2014 3:41 pm | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Jocelyn Dunn, an industrial engineering doctoral student at Purdue Univ., is a part of a project to live on a landscape mimicking Mars for eight months. Along with five other researchers, she will be living in a domed habitat emulating what settlers might have on Mars. While exploring the environment, they will wear spacesuits and their communications will be delayed by 20 minutes to emulate the drag they would experience on the Red Planet.

Lab Trends & Profiles: May 2014

May 7, 2014 3:47 pm | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

This annual May supplement from the editors of Laboratory Equipment magazine goes beyond new products and technologies to bring readers even more important information on the state of laboratories in the United States, and beyond.


Academic Sourceguide: April 2014

May 7, 2014 3:45 pm | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

The cover story of the April Academic Sourceguide details Penn State's new Pell Lab, and the extremes taken to turn a BSL lab into a pleasant place to work. Other articles include: federal funding for universities, academic rankings, the top biotech leaders, sustainable lab programs and more. New products specifically designed for academic labs can also be found inside. 

Pleasant Containment

May 7, 2014 3:30 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Penn State’s advanced bio lab provides natural light to a normally windowless bunker-like biocontainment facility.                                     

DIY Lab Equipment for All

May 7, 2014 3:29 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Articles | Comments

Not every laboratory has the luxury of a brand-new centrifuge or thermal cycler, especially labs in poorer parts of the world. Lina Nilsson set out to do something about that by employing a do-it-yourself (DIY) technique. Nilsson is the founder of Tekla Labs, an innovative website that enables scientists to construct their own high-quality lab equipment using readily available, off-the-shelf items.

A Rejected Theory Turned Important Discovery

May 7, 2014 3:25 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Articles | Comments

We once thought the Earth was flat—and we were wrong. We once thought Earth was one giant supercontinent on only one occasion—and we were wrong then, too, as proven by Ohio Univ. professor R. Damian Nance and his colleague Prof. Thomas Worsley. When Nance and Worsley proposed their theory of a supercontinent cycle—a series of supercontinents forming, breaking up and reforming over time—in 1982 the scientific community scoffed at the idea.

Diversity, Collaboration Mark New Argonne Directorship

May 7, 2014 3:20 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Articles | Comments

On April 1, 2014, Peter Littlewood took the helm at Argonne National Laboratory, being selected to serve as the national lab’s 13th director. Littlewood, a Professor of Physics at the Univ. of Chicago and the previous Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering at Argonne, brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and a plethora of new ideas to the table.


A Green Hydrogen Economy

May 7, 2014 3:15 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Articles | Comments

Katherine Ayers, Director of Research for Proton OnSite, was just awarded an American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Women Chemists Committee 2014 Rising Star Award for her work in developing gas generation technology. For the last seven years, Ayers has worked to develop bigger and better Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) hydrogen gas generators. 

R&D Globalization Sees Power Shifts

May 7, 2014 3:13 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Asian R&D is ascendant at the expense of U.S. and European efforts.                                                            

Purchasing New Research Lab Systems

May 7, 2014 3:05 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

A slew of complex issues, procedures and equipment await the purchaser.                                                              

Operating Tomorrow’s Research Lab

May 7, 2014 2:50 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Workload and staffing are concerns, while outsourcing has taken a backseat.                                                          

Technological Trends in the Lab

May 7, 2014 2:39 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Slight enhancements will make analyses faster, easier and better.                                                                 

Hands-on Program Helps Students, Algae Grow

April 8, 2014 12:22 pm | by Victoria Kurtz, Sales Manager/Algae Technology & Invasive Species, Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Extensive lab facilities and a real-world learning approach at a Texas community college has put students and their algae research on a path to success.                                                        

Collaborative Sustainability

April 8, 2014 12:14 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Articles | Comments

Universities are teaming with various departments, industry and non-profits in the fight against energy-hogging campus laboratories.                                                                 

The Proving Ground

April 8, 2014 11:49 am | by Rob Fee, Editor-in-Chief, Bioscience Technology | Articles | Comments

What are the qualities that go into a top life science research university?                                                                      

The Good & Not-So-Good of Academic Rankings

April 8, 2014 11:44 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

A plethora of academic ranking systems reveal “old school” traditions and new school limitations.                                                                                           

Federal Cuts Slow, But Don't Stop Growth

April 8, 2014 11:37 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Slowing federal investments in academia first surfaced in 2012, and likely will remain as federal spending cuts continue.                                     

Visualization Technology Brings a New Dimension

April 8, 2014 11:26 am | by Larry Paul, Senior Director of Technology and Visualization Solutions Management, Christie | Articles | Comments

State-of-the-art visualization systems are opening up a whole new world—and dimension—to researchers everywhere.                                                                   

Laboratory Equipment: 2014 Pittcon Digest

February 14, 2014 12:06 pm | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

Laboratory Equipment's Pittcon Digest issue features the annual Purchasing Intent Study, a look into the minds of users and manufacturers as portrayed through reader surveys from January 2013 to January 2014.                                    

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