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North Pole’s Ancient Past Holds Lessons for Future Global Warming

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Detailed information on greenhouse gasses and a subtropical heat wave at the North Pole 55 million years ago is providing information about the Earth's past as well as a portent for its future…

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Nature’s Way

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Translucent menace vs. the overlords Randy C. Hice I knew it was going to end badly — very badly. I've been in a number of dust-ups in my life; I've had guns pointed at me, a few have been fired; I have been at the center of attention of an edgy mob of 100 that was looking for some satisfaction. The list goes on. You often don't know what is going to happen, so you hope for the best and plan for the worst. Never sit with your back to the door (see story of Wild Bill Hickok), never call someone out who has a great deal less to lose than yourself

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What Is That Process? Identifying what is actually running on your system

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Given the current paranoia regarding all of the viruses, worms and general spyware going around. It is quite reasonable to wonder what programs are actually running on your computer. For Windows users, a good way to get a handle on this is to launch the Windows Task Manager — just remember that it is possible to configure applications so that the Task Manager can't see them!

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Electromagnetic Simulation Helps to Optimize Optical Microscope Resolution

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Erik J. Sanchez, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

A new tip design delivers enhanced sub-20 nanometer performance Erik J. Sanchez, Ph.D. Near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) has extended optical measurements past the diffraction limit, making it possible for the first time to view objects and features in the 50 to 100 nanometer (nm) range. Recent research has demonstrated that the use of apertureless probes can further improve spatial resolution to below 25 nm. 1-3 The next challenge is optimizing the tip design in order to strongly illuminate the sample at distances

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Drug Safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Statistical Data Mining

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Michael O’Connell, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Enabling data mining, statistical analysis and graphical reporting to run smoothly Michael O’Connell, Ph.D. Drug safety is an urgent public issue. Popular brand-name drugs, like Vioxx, have been withdrawn from the market; and multi-million-dollar legal actions are in the courts. Meanwhile, big pharmaceutical companies faced with huge potential payouts have suffered shocks to profitability and dramatic share price erosion. In this volatile climate, an ounce of prevention, in the form of early detection of adverse event (AE) signals and accurate drug risk assessment in pre- and post-marketing data

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Applied Biosystems and SQL Star LIMS™ v5 Software: Powerful Technology, Proven Solutions, and a Focus on Customer Success

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Applied Biosystems and SQL*LIMS™ v5 Software: Powerful Technology, Proven Solutions, and a

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Inductive Interrogation

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Magnetic field response measurement sensors Bill Weaver, Ph.D. One of the many great things about working behind the fence at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the diversity of truly amazing technology under development. Shuttling among the Air Force Research Laboratory facilities as an on-site research contractor is an experience that will not soon wear off. A palpable gee-whiz ether permeates the storied collection of hangers and test cells that house some of the most sophisticated state-of-the-art instrumentation in existence

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Global Optimization with Maple: An add-on toolkit for the experienced scientist

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

"Optimization is the science of finding solutions that satisfy given constraints and objectives…. The goal of global optimization is to find the absolutely best answer for models that have a number of possible solutions." So says the blurb at the Maplesoft Web site for this product, and seems a useful introduction to a very useful add-on tool.

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LabWare: Marketplace Momentum is Proof That Results Count

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

LabWare: Marketplace Momentum is Proof That Results

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A Demanding User is a Semantic User

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Achieving high-level on-demand computing Art Sedighi Grid computing enables uniform and single-view access to a set of resources managed centrally by a system administrator — either a human being or a software piece. The most challenging part of building a grid environment is the scheduling of tasks across available nodes efficiently. The administrator of a grid environment is thus responsible for meeting supply and demands of its users, or for managing of resources. Many of the grid infrastructure software solutions available today

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Building Global Data Sharing and Collaboration Networks

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Michael Joyce | Articles | Comments

High-performance networking for the ATLAS experiment Michael Joyce How do you build a network to support nearly 2,000 physicists from sites all over the globe? That was the question Shawn McKee, Ph.D. faced. As lead on the University of Michigan's computing infrastructure efforts for the ATLAS experiment from CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), he and his colleagues are coming together to answer questions such as, "Why do particles have mass?" and "Do super-symmetrical particles exist?"

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Integrating Simple Instruments with Laboratory Systems

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Robert Pavlis | Articles | Comments

More than just a serial port connection Robert Pavlis Today's more progressive laboratories have already integrated their laboratory information management systems (LIMS) with their chromatography data systems (CDS) and other complex instrument data systems, and are now looking to integrate simple instruments like balances and pH meters to achieve further gains in productivity and quality control. Unfortunately, integrating simple instruments is not as easy as plugging them into a computer's serial port. While such a simple solution

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'Living Fossil' Captured on Video

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The first images of a live specimen of a small, furry animal once believed to have gone extinct more than 11 million years ago have been captured during a Southeast Asian expedition led by a retired Florida State University researcher…

‘Prettier World’ of Computer Modeling Provides Key Details

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Taking issue with the perception that computer models lack realism, a Sandia National Laboratories researcher told his audience that simulations of the nanoscale provide researchers more detailed results…

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