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The Birds and the Bees Reloaded

February 29, 2004 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Pattern seeking with neural networks and representative democracies Bill Weaver, Ph.D. The conversion of raw inputs into meaningful output is the primary objective of the data acquisition and analysis process.

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HP 49g+ Graphing Calculator: Yet more handheld power

February 29, 2004 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

For those wishing some quick graphics, or just quick and dirty calculations of anything from simple arithmetic to differential equations, this may be the way to go. As a long-time user of HP's venerable 48GX as well as TI's 83 plus (I'm a calculation junkie and love to compare products) it never ceases to amaze me as to the capabilities of each new generation of hand calculators.

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Scientific Data Management Market Evolves and Splits in Two

February 29, 2004 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

As more companies focus attention on protecting the "lifecycle" of data, customers for the first time will have choices   Scott Deutsch The market for scientific data management began to mature in 2003 in ways that will dramatically benefit the entire laboratory and research community.

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Low Carb Diet

February 29, 2004 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Spam is killing us all, and the true pessimists of the world are claiming that e-mail is doomed because of spam. I don't agree for a lot of reasons, but I sure as hell do agree that our friends comprising The 108th Congress of the United States of America had a serious lapse of logic when they passed the "CAN-SPAM Act" recently. 

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Ongoing Developments in International Scientific Data Standards

February 29, 2004 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Moving toward open multi-vendor data exchange and archiving standards Tony Davies, Maren Fiege and Mark Harnois In recent years, there has been an increasing amount of interest in data mining, data longevity, data exchange and data archiving.

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Moving to the Next Stage for Chromatography Data Systems

February 29, 2004 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

The CDS of the future will accommodate real-world business needs Soheil Saadat, Ph.D. Chromatography Data Systems (CDS) represent one of the earliest implementations of computing technology in the laboratory.

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Digital Image Recovery Utilities

February 29, 2004 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

A number of intelligent programs are available for different operating systems John R. Joyce, Ph.D. With the proliferation of digital cameras and flash memory drives, instances of data loss in these devices is becoming more frequent. This column recently took a look at disk undelete utilities.

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Compliance Readiness Assessments of CDS

February 29, 2004 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

There is much more to becoming compliant than simply upgrading your software Stuart M. Miller, Msc. The compliance readiness of the latest versions of commercially available chromatography data systems (CDS) has improved dramatically over the past few years.

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Study Planning Software: nQuery Advisor Release 5

January 31, 2004 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

nQuery Advisor is software specifically for power/sample size calculations. It assists the researcher in determining the data variation and a desired or specified effect size necessary to calculate these in a user-friendly format. This latest release contains all of the older features that made the package so useful, as well as many new analyses, tabular and formatting modes that greatly extend the capabilities.

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Program Management

January 31, 2004 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Randy C. Hice, President, Laboratory Expertise Center, Inc. Misfires in program management on large LIMS projects can cause similar catastrophes, although the physical stress is more of the 'VP-wants-to-know-why-the-project-is-late' variety.

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LabWare's Whole Product Approach With Goal Oriented LIMS Delivery (GOLD) Methodology Brings Consistent Success

January 31, 2004 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Vance V. Kershner, President, LabWare, Inc. One of the key reasons for LabWare's success is the company's understanding that the product is not represented by software alone.

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Kabamm

January 31, 2004 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Disaster planning a must Randy C. Hice Gore may have been a nickname for our former Vice President, but it is also the name of the no-man's-land where two lanes merge into one another. I was running a little late as I pointed my company car toward Atlanta's Hartsfield airport.

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Distributed Virtual High-Throughput Screening

January 31, 2004 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

A boon for drug discovery John H. Begemann, Ph.D. Pharmaceutical discovery companies encounter numerous roadblocks between concept and commercialization. Chemistry-based drug firms, in particular, process large numbers of compounds in their search for new drugs.

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Shake, Rattle and Roll

January 31, 2004 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Emerging terahertz imaging technologies Bill Weaver, Ph.D. Every now and then, a confluence of evolutionary technological developments leads to a surprising revolutionary advance.

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Undelete Utilities

January 31, 2004 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Considerations when selecting a recovery application John Joyce, Ph.D. Remember those simpler carefree days of DOS where, when you accidentally deleted a file, all you had to do was type 'undelete'? Long gone are such easygoing times, at least for Microsoft Windows users.

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