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June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by John Graham | Articles | Comments

The project manager holds the key John Graham In today’s business world, companies can outsource everything, from manufacturing to laboratory testing, to countries such as India and China for a fraction of the cost of doing business in North America, and people in those countries can work just as efficiently as anyone in the world. 1 Consequently, being efficient isn’t enough to win the globalization challenge. When your company decides to...

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Simulating HIV-1 Protease at its Most Vulnerable Instant

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Carlos Simmerling, Ph.D., and Roberto Gomperts, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Computational tools increase researchers' odds of finding the best targets Carlos Simmerling, Ph.D., and Roberto Gomperts, Ph.D. In the race to fight AIDS, researchers have long worked to view the moments at which critical components of the HIV virus are most vulnerable to new drugs. Due to its central role in processing viral polypeptide precursors, HIV-1 protease (HIV-PR), a molecule that slices the pre-HIV protein chain into pieces that...

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New SWIS Army

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Developing collective intelligence Bill Weaver, Ph.D. This past spring, my family and I spent the long Memorial Day weekend at a campground in rural Lancaster County, PA. As the unofficial start of summer, many families head “down the shore” for some sun, sand and beach fries, while we prefer the less hectic pace of horse-drawn buggies, swimming and Hershey’s s’mores. While my son and I were rigging our lines for fishing in a small pond, he...

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Mojito Madness

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

Informatics jobs in Puerto Rico are setting sail Randy C. Hice A soft Caribbean breeze wafts through my open window. Below, the murmur of poolside guests provides an abrasive edge to an otherwise serene night. The idyllic setting is slowly dissipating the day's tensions from the psyches of people clamoring around the odd-shaped pool. But I'm in a foul and dark mood. My angst level has escalated in discrete steps for hours now. Is it too much to ask...

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Admin’s Best Friend? The next-generation rescue program

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

The next-generation rescue program John R. Joyce, Ph.D. How long have you worked with computers in depth? Well, here’s a little quiz. Do you remember keeping a bootable floppy on hand for those times when SOMETHING would go wrong with the system? You might or might not know what the problem was but, whatever the problem, it was preventing your computer from starting. With your magical floppy, you could boot your computer and use the hand utilities on...

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Data Acquisition Readers' Choice &#151 Gold Award: LabVIEW

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

LabVIEW is a tool for designing test, measurement and control systems. The graphical development

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Imaging Readers' Choice &#151 Gold Award: Photoshop

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Adobe Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Photoshop digital imaging software offers tools that help to show detail more easily, articulate complex concepts visually, and save time by automating common tasks.

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Imaging Readers' Choice &#151 Silver Award: ImageJ

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | National Institutes Of Health | Product Releases | Comments

ImageJ is a software program that facilitates image processing and analysis in Java. Running on Linux, Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, Windows and the Sharp Zaurus PDA, the software and its Java source code are freely available and in the public domain, with no license required.

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Imaging Readers' Choice &#8211 Bronze Award: Paint Shop Pro X

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Corel | Product Releases | Comments

Paint Shop Pro X offers a combination of one-click fixes and precision controls for fine tuning. Tools are organized by task within the Learning Center palette, enabling users to grow into the program as their knowledge of digital image editing develops.

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Imaging Readers' Choice &#8211 Bronze Award: NI-IMAQ

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

Included with NI Vision boards, as well as with NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX), NI-IMAQ driver-level software provides a comprehensive software interface for image acquisition. The software allows users to acquire, save and display images without low-level programming.

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Instrument Interfacing Readers' Choice &#151 Gold Award: LabStation

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | LabWare, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

LabStation is a general-purpose instrument interfacing tool that can accept results from almost any type of instrument.

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Instrument Interfacing Readers' Choice &#8211 Bronze Award: LabVIEW

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | National Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

LabVIEW is an integrated design, control and test platform for desktop, industrial, embedded and handheld applications. Its integrated environment can be used to interface with real-world signals, to analyze data for meaningful information and to share results throughout an organization.

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Data Acquisition Readers' Choice &#151 Silver Award: TestPoint

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

TestPoint software is for data acquisition, instrument control, analysis and presentation. It uses object-oriented drag-and-drop technology to simplify data acquisition and test and measurement.

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Chemistry Readers' Choice &#151 Silver Award: KnowItAll

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Bio-Rad Laboratories | Product Releases | Comments

The Cheminformatics Edition of KnowItAll is a complete, unified system to draw, modify, store, search and retrieve chemical structures and other relevant information. This software is designed for management of chemical structures or for chemical inventory management.

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Chemistry Readers' Choice &#151 Gold Award: ChemDraw

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Cambridgesoft | Product Releases | Comments

The ChemDraw software package includes three tools. StructName contains comprehensive methods for converting chemical structures into chemical names and names to structures.

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