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Explosive Eruptions Revealed

November 10, 2008 7:13 am | News | Comments

Using multibeam sonar mapping, an international team of oceanographers has uncovered evidence of exceptional dynamism in an underwater volcano, which will be vital in predicting and detecting future tsunami events


Sequencing the Mathematical Genome

November 10, 2008 7:07 am | News | Comments

New computer tools have the potential to revolutionize the practice of mathematics by providing far more-reliable proofs of mathematical results than have ever been possible before


One-click Beauty Algorithm Debuts

November 10, 2008 6:58 am | News | Comments

Our mothers told us that true beauty is more than skin deep, but computer scientists are now challenging mom


Practicing Extreme Chemistry in Interstellar Space

November 10, 2008 6:53 am | News | Comments

A new research center combining the tools of chemistry and astronomy will use the unique laboratory of interstellar space to free the study of basic chemistry from the restrictive bonds of Earth


Regulatory Update 2008: A look at recent changes in computerized system regulations and guidance for the pharmaceutical industry

November 3, 2008 12:00 pm | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

A look at recent changes in computerized system regulations and guidance for the pharmaceutical industry This special section summarizes what is happening in the regulated world for the pharmaceutical industry with regard to some of the regulations and associated guidance documents that have been issued in the last year.


FDA GMP Update: Out through the In Door and Back In Again

November 3, 2008 11:56 am | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

The FDA’s GMP regulations have been unchanged for three decades. Although there have been proposed amendments (the last in 1996), none have been formalized into law. However, in September, the final version with the GMP amendments was published, and the regulation changes are effective from December 8, 2008. The FDA used the comments submitted to the earlier direct final rule as the public consultation process.


Major Changes Proposed for European Union Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Annex 11

November 3, 2008 11:44 am | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Consequential Chapter 4 changes on documentation issued for public comment - In Europe, the European Medicine Evaluation Agency (EMEA) issued proposed changes to European Union (EU) GMP Annex 11 (Computerized Systems) and also to Chapter 4 (Documentation). Note that these are not simply updates, but are major changes.


The Two-sided Triangle: New National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis fosters interdisciplinary research

November 3, 2008 11:08 am | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

New National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis fosters interdisciplinary research The latest step in scientific matchmaking has been taken by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to bring biologists and mathematicians together


SYSTAT 12: Now More Stats and Graphs, Less Effort

November 3, 2008 10:10 am | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

There may be more than a grain of truth to the marketing blurb I borrowed in the headline. As with many other successful packages, this one has come a long way from its command-line origins. I had found the earlier versions of this software to be rather plain and stiff.


Will Microbots Colonize Mars?

November 3, 2008 8:23 am | News | Comments

Recent discoveries of water and Earth-like soil on Mars have set imaginations running wild that human beings may one day colonize the Red Planet


Predatory Bacterial Swarm Organizes to Reach Prey

November 3, 2008 8:13 am | News | Comments

Like something from a horror movie, the swarm of bacteria ripples purposefully toward its prey, devours it and moves on. Despite its deadly role in the bacterial world, Myxococcus xanthus might be used beneficially


Programmable Genetic Clock a Reliable Timepiece

November 3, 2008 8:08 am | News | Comments

Bioengineers have created the first stable, fast and programmable genetic clock that reliably keeps time by the blinking of fluorescent proteins inside E. coli cells


On the Hunt for Primordial Antimatter

November 3, 2008 7:57 am | News | Comments

Scientists are on the hunt for evidence of antimatter — matter's arch nemesis — leftover from the very early Universe. However, new results suggest the search may have just become more difficult


Surrounded: The Web is Inescapable

October 30, 2008 9:00 am | by Randy C. Hice | Articles | Comments

The draw toward pure Web-based applications is quite strong, but there is some confusion as to what is Web-based, versus Web-enabled, versus Web-available Randy C. Hice Web LIMS are the wave of the future for anything but the smallest of projects that can be handled via lone-wolf stand-alone systems. All major vendors have moved into/are moving towards these systems. In order to understand the different systems, let's go back


Quality by Design for Laboratory Automation

October 30, 2008 8:47 am | by Sandy Weinberg, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

A look at key variables and their relationships (part 1 of 2) Sandy Weinberg, Ph.D. When applied to the automated laboratory, QbD principles provide continuous monitoring of all key variables, allowing scientists and managers to focus attention on the areas of the laboratory operation with the highest level of risk. In fact, the QbD approach integrates three key emerging regulatory concepts



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