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Next-generation Architectures Offer Significant Improvements

July 28, 2009 10:27 am | by Steven M. Neri | Articles | Comments

web exclusive Steven M. Neri Modern Web advances enable achievement of LIMS full value proposition Although use of the Web in commercial laboratory information management systems (LIMS) has been a reality for many years, only the most recent Web technology is delivering the true benefits possible with browser-based deployments.

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How Can a LIMS Needs Assessment Save the Laboratory Money?

July 28, 2009 10:19 am | by Christine Paszko, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

web exclusive Christine Paszko, Ph.D. Laboratories must have a clear plan when automating Starting any automation project without an assessment plan or a list of specifications is analogous to going on a road trip without a map or destination; you may have a great time and spend money, but you will never know where you are going or when you have arrived.

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Quality Thinking

July 28, 2009 10:05 am | by Siri H. Segalstad | Articles | Comments

web exclusive Siri H. Segalstad Understanding quality assurance and quality control What we do see today in our society is that, although real quality assurance is not performed more often than it was before, the quality control is a bit more visible.

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Checkmate on Drug Interaction Checkers

July 28, 2009 9:43 am | by Sandy Weinberg, Ph.D. and Ronald Fuqua, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

web exclusive Sandy Weinberg, Ph.D. and Ronald Fuqua, Ph.D. A molecular model-based system may be a more accurate solution Drug Interaction Checker software is now readily available to physicians, pharmacists and the general public. A few clicks online will tell you whether your blood pressure medication will interfere with your anti-obesity drug – or will it? The data is easily accessed, but how accurate is the information?

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What Will They Think of Next?! HP emulation software provides an exact replica of the actual calculator

July 28, 2009 9:18 am | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

I must confess that the announcement of software to let engineers (or anyone else) put a calculator emulator on their computer left me somewhat baffled. It seems to me that the whole purpose of the hand calculator is to have a convenient, portable unit to take into the field or in those everyday situations where a computer is unnecessary. 

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Watson LIMS 7.4(2)

July 28, 2009 6:37 am | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

The Watson laboratory information management system (LIMS) is designed to simplify daily workflow for bioanalytical laboratories by delivering functionality for incurred sample reanalysis

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Nanotubes Weigh the Atom(2)

July 27, 2009 9:50 am | News | Comments

How can you weigh a single atom? European researchers have built a new device that can do just that. It may ultimately allow scientists to study the progress of chemical reactions, molecule by molecule.

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U.S. Energy Use Drops in 2008

July 27, 2009 8:26 am | News | Comments

Americans used more solar, nuclear, biomass and wind energy in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The nation used less coal and petroleum during the same time frame and only slightly increased its natural gas consumption.

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Soccer Under Glass: Competition Kicks it Microscope-style

July 27, 2009 7:48 am | News | Comments

Nano-robots aim for the goal on the world’s smallest ‘soccer’ pitch   While the US Men’s Soccer team was preparing for a Confederations Cup finals match against heavily favored Brazil, a few teams with “athletes” the size of dust mites prepared to battle it out on a soccer “field” no bigger than a grain of rice.

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Human-like Vision Lets Robots Navigate Naturally(2)

July 27, 2009 7:47 am | News | Comments

A robotic vision system that mimics key visual functions of the human brain promises to let robots maneuver quickly and safely through cluttered environments, and to help guide the visually impaired.

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Beyond Flash: The Next Portable Memory

July 27, 2009 7:28 am | News | Comments

The race is on for a successor to the popular ‘flash’ memory used in portable devices. European researchers think they have found a candidate in novel materials combined with a simple, easily fabricated ‘crossbar’ architecture.

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Super Tiny Technology Could Power Superfast Airplanes

July 27, 2009 6:22 am | News | Comments

Supersonic aircraft may get a boost in speed from the tiniest of manmade particles. An interdisciplinary team of scientists led by Princeton engineers has been awarded a $3 million grant to study how fuel additives made of tiny particles known as nanocatalysts can help supersonic jets fly faster and make diesel engines cleaner and more efficient.

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Economic Espionage in Theft of Space Shuttle Secrets

July 24, 2009 12:12 pm | News | Comments

A former Rockwell and Boeing engineer from Orange County, CA, was remanded into custody on July 16 after a federal judge convicted him of charges of economic espionage and acting as an agent of the People’s Republic of China

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Auto-destruct Tool Wipes Online Personal Data

July 23, 2009 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The University of Washington has developed a way to make personal information expire. After a set time period, electronic communications such as e-mail, Facebook posts and chat messages would automatically self-destruct, becoming irretrievable from all Web sites, inboxes, outboxes, backup sites and home computers

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DIY Production in “Second Life” Factory

July 23, 2009 10:00 am | News | Comments

Anyone who wants to can now produce their own vehicle in a factory on the “Second Life” Internet platform. They can program the industrial robots, and transport and assemble the individual parts themselves. Learning platforms provide relevant background information

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