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ConfoCor 3

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Carl Zeiss Microimaging, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ConfoCor 3 detection module converts LSM 510 and LSM 510 META microscopes into fully integrated imaging and spectroscopy platforms. Combining high-resolution imaging and a range of high-sensitivity detection systems

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ImageXpress ULTRA

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ImageXpress ULTRA is a high-speed, point scanning, benchtop confocal system that uses up to four configurable solid-state lasers. The imager integrates into the existing MetaXpress acquisition software

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3Dmap

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The 3Dmap microfluidics analysis platform provides 3-D structural metrology for developers and manufacturers of microfluidic devices. The high-resolution measurements of size and shape provided the platform

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Variable Field Module

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Variable Field Module (VFM), for use with the MFP-3D AFM System, applies an in-plane magnetic field to a sample exceeding +2000 Oersted with less than 1 Oersted resolution. Applications are found in magnetic force microscopy

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Capture SE

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Capture Standard Edition (SE) is an image capture application for use with microscopes and PixeLINK digital cameras. Key features, especially relevant for brightfield microscopy in a clinical or research environment

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DIGITAL ECLIPSE C1si

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Nikon Instruments Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The DIGITAL ECLIPSE C1si confocal laser fluorescence microscope simultaneously acquires the fluorescence spectrum over a 320-nm range in wavelength at 10-nm spectral resolution, or over smaller ranges

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Acquiring Minds

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Distance learning and collaboration Bill Weaver, Ph.D. I reached a milestone at the conclusion of this semester. I have now spent more time as a teacher in education than as a researcher in industry. The event was commemorated with little more than a "hey, I’m getting old" — about as much significance as it deserves. Upon reflection, I realize I have changed my target audience. Whereas I used to be primarily concerned with communicating with...

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Pittcon 2006 Informatics Review

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

This year's show presented a vibrant and diverse cross-section of the industry John R. Joyce, Ph.D. Pittcon completed its current Orlando run with another successful show in the Orange County Convention Center. The venue moved back to the older section of the convention center, which many people seemed to prefer anyway. This was accompanied by a pleasant climate warm-up, both from last year's show and the frigid temperatures that much of the...

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Integrating the Drug Discovery Laboratory

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Michael H. Elliott | Articles | Comments

Application of a rational approach to workflow automation can increase time for science Michael H. Elliott One of the many challenges biopharmaceutical companies face is improving the throughput of drug discovery. Despite vast sums of investment, the U.S. FDA in 2005 approved a total of 20 new molecular entities (NME), 1 the same number as in 1974. 2 In 2004, R...

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Achieving True LIMS Multinationalization

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Ronald Kasner | Articles | Comments

A thin-client LIMS can provide the opportunity to attain the full scope of M18N functionality Ronald Kasner Whereas internationalization, or I18N, allows a company to only deploy systems that support international time and date conventions within a single locale that shares those conventions, multinationalization, or M18N, allows a company to handle international and local time zone and language requirements worldwide from a single server. M18N...

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Practical Planning for LIMS Upgrades

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Donna Lococo | Articles | Comments

A structured evaluation is best practice regardless of an organization’s size or industry focus Donna Lococo LIMS providers have a vested interest in keeping their clients on current or near-current versions of their software, since the support facilities that they maintain can be more focused, and the effort spent in maintaining released code is more efficient. Upgrades are also a way to handle support for new operating system or database...

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The Last Temptation of Randy

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Reflections on Pittcon 2006 Randy C. Hice Pittcon 2006 began for me in a cloud of noxious blue smoke. Arriving late into Orlando, I plucked my Cadillac from the rental car lot and screeched out of the airport, slaloming between gawking tourists and septuagenarians, who possess the frustrating speed fetish of an artic glacier. I knew that midnight was likely the terminus for the hotel bar, and I had a two-hour mountain-time-zone energy boost to quash...

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Remote File Access: Blanket application of rules is seldom best

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Today's problem, submitted for your consideration, is how to go about accessing files remotely from multiple PCs. While unstated, there is often the associated problem of searching multiple PCs for the files to first find out where they're located. As is frequently the case, both in the IT world and in general, there are multiple answers to these questions. You'll find there is one answer that seems to be getting most of the attention...

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New Software is Next Wave for Net Surfers

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | News | Comments

With an estimated 12 billion Web sites online, it's not always easy finding the exact site you want. However, University of Alberta computer scientists have developed software they believe will make surfing the Web faster and easier…

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Micro-pump a Cool Idea for Future Computer Chips

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Engineers at Purdue University have developed a tiny "micro-pump" cooling device small enough to fit on a computer chip that circulates coolant through channels etched into the chip…

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