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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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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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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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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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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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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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Measurements May Help Show if Constants are Changing

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

Physicists at JILA have performed the first-ever precision measurements using ultra-cold molecules, in work that may help solve a long-standing scientific mystery — whether so-called constants of nature have changed since the dawn of the universe…

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Small Yet Significant: First-ever Simulation of Entire Life Form

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

When Boeing and Airbus developed their latest aircraft, the companies’ engineers designed and tested them on a computer long before the planes were built. Biologists are catching on. They’ve just completed the first computer simulation of an entire life form…

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Clean Energy Technologies through 3-D Imaging

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Ohio State University researchers have invented a technique to record three-dimensional scans of the gases and solids that mix inside boilers and other industrial processing reactors. Scientists can use the patented technique, called electrical capacitance volume tomography (ECVT)…

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How to Control the Earth and Other Arcana: A look at popular geopositioning tools

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Past columns have examined online map resources. These have ranged from topographic map sources to travel information sites such as MapBlaster and MapQuest. In most cases, these applications were designed for manual data input over the Web. Some of the more recent additions to this class, such as TerraServer, Yahoo! Maps and Google Maps, provide an application program interface (API) in addition to the manual interface.

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Down the Chute: When vendor selections tank

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

The sane always prevail Randy C. Hice I recently read online an opinion by a LIMS salesperson who lamented that some consultants "…only recommend(s) (vendor A or vendor B) because those are the systems they know and can support." That's a drive-by kneecapping of legitimate consultants in general, and reflects a specific ignorance for the consulting business.

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Getting Serious about Control

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Robert Pavlis | Articles | Comments

True control is only gained when islands of information are integrated into one system Robert Pavlis As regulatory bodies like the U.S. Food...

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Shepherding the FLOC

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Local clustering of wireless sensor networks Bill Weaver, Ph.D. Butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda and salt may at first glance appear to be standard items on a typical shopping list. Include the final item of semi-sweet chocolate morsels and you may recognize this collection as the constituents required to make chocolate chip cookies. But having the correct ingredients is not enough to obtain the final product — we also need the...

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