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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...

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...

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...

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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. 

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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.                                                        

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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.                                                                   

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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.                                    

Academic Sourceguide: November 2013

November 5, 2013 3:57 pm | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

The November 2013 issue of Academic Sourceguide features a cover story on building technologically advanced laboratories to support the technologically advanced research performed inside. Other article topics include: handling safety from academia to industry; HPC capabilities in academia; and industry-academia collaborations on wireless communications, battery development and RNA technologies.

High-Tech Buildings for High-Tech Research

November 5, 2013 2:59 pm | by Mark Whiteley, RIBA | Articles | Comments

As technology has grown, so too has the need for collaborative, flexible laboratories that integrate a full range of technological, business and cultural components.                                

Bridging the Gap from Knowledge to How-To

November 5, 2013 2:47 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Agilent Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The mission of one research and teaching laboratory is simple: build the next generation of engineers, while also building next-gen wireless communication solutions.                           

HPC Infrastructures Increase in Academia

November 5, 2013 2:43 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Teraflop supercomputers, terabyte storage systems and gibabit networks all support academic research.                                                                  

Handling the Post- Academia Safety Shift

November 5, 2013 2:32 pm | by Lori Seiler, Associate Director for Environmental Health and Safety for Dow Research and Development | Articles | Comments

Good leadership and safety programs can help post-academics adjust to the rigorous standards of an industrial lab.                                                         

Green Car Research Charges Forward

November 5, 2013 2:25 pm | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A new industry-academia collaborative, open innovation lab in the nation's automotive capital is hoping to give a boost to the green car industry.                                                  

The Collaborative RNA Dream

November 5, 2013 2:14 pm | by Christina Smith, News Editor | Articles | Comments

A formally small RNA facility in Albany has expanded into a collaborative laboratory with almost 400 researchers nationwide.                                                    

Academic Sourceguide: April 2013

April 5, 2013 4:42 pm | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

The April 2013 issue of Academic Sourceguide focuses on collaboration, be it between universities, non-profit, commercial, etc. Collaborations, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, seem to be defining future research.

‘Collaboratory’ Academic Labs

April 5, 2013 4:30 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

It’s not just about open labs anymore; new labs are creating spaces where scientists and engineers can openly communicate.

Chinese & Russian Approaches to Higher Education

April 5, 2013 3:55 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Russia plans to close some struggling institutions while China looks to continue expanding the excellence of their academic programs.

Global Alliance Accelerates Academic Research

April 5, 2013 3:47 pm | by Michelle Longo, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

A global alliance of the world’s top translational health centers have teamed up to improve the rate at which academic research translates into new medicines.

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