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Atlas 8.2

January 27, 2009 6:08 am | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Atlas Chromatography Data System (CDS) 8.2 supports the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, providing LC and GC instrument control, digital data acquisition, chromatography data processing and reporting


Origin 8 SR4

January 27, 2009 5:46 am | Originlab Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Origin 8 service release 4 (SR4) features a new set of LabVIEW Sub-VI libraries to facilitate communication with Origin 8 from a native LabVIEW environment


Measurement Studio 8.6

January 27, 2009 5:30 am | National Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Studio 8.6 increases test and measurement functionality for the Visual Studio 2008 development environment. The application features a complete set of .NET and C++ class libraries, tools and data acquisition and instrument control driver support


QbD for Laboratory Automation

January 26, 2009 4:53 am | by Sandy Weinberg, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

A closer look at process understanding, process analytical technology and risk analysis implications for the modern lab (part 2 of 2) Sandy Weinberg, Ph.D. Whereas part 1 defines the key variables and their relationships, this installment further details the definitions and parameters of process understanding, process analytical technology (PAT) and risk analysis, and discusses the implications for modern laboratories


SigmaPlot 11: Now with Total SigmaStat Integration

January 23, 2009 11:43 am | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

The SYSTAT people who market this product have thrown me a curve. For years, I have bemoaned the fact that most of the upgrade and development efforts that went into the SigmaPlot/SigmaStat software seemed to be biased to the plot side. Imagine my joy as I discovered that SigmaStat is now fully included within SigmaPlot 11!


New Computational Techniques Speed Knowledge Discovery

January 23, 2009 11:15 am | by Steve Reinhardt | Articles | Comments

Despite the astonishingly powerful and inexpensive computation available to scientists, engineers and analysts these days, it’s all for naught if the researchers aren’t really sure what they’re looking to discover in the first place. Much of today’s most important research seeks the unknown results of sifting through huge proverbial haystacks of data


Speeding Up the Wheels of Change

January 23, 2009 10:55 am | by P. Laurent Bernardin | Articles | Comments

New symbolic-based modeling technologies can help companies stay in the race P. Laurent Bernardin It's just not enough anymore to build the fastest and most reliable car on the road; it also has to be the most fuel-efficient and cost-effective. Competition is fierce, and the buying public wants these new products now


Understanding Associations among Faces in Streaming Video

January 23, 2009 10:39 am | by Steve Reinhardt | News | Comments

PNNL researchers achieve greater algorithm and processor flexibility Steve Reinhardt Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are accomplishing high-throughput analysis of unstructured data with parallel KD algorithms using an approach that allows users to use familiar desktop tools to do their analyses and then to automatically parallelize the code to run on HPCs


Designing Wildlife Habitats for Wide-ranging Species

January 23, 2009 10:34 am | by Steve Reinhardt | Articles | Comments

New programming approach enables dramatic modeling improvements Steve Reinhardt Ecologists are modeling wildlife migration and gene flows across fragmented landscapes using electrical network theory


Collaborating to Consistently Document Quality Management Systems on a Global Basis

January 23, 2009 10:22 am | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

It may come as a surprise to many of you working outside the pharmaceutical industry that there is no formal quality system defined in the regulations. If you work in a laboratory accredited to ISO 17025 (for testing and calibration laboratories), or an organization that works to ISO 9000 or a variant thereof, you will know that the heart of the quality approach is a quality management system (QMS).


An Update of Good Laboratory Practice Guidelines for Computer Validation

January 23, 2009 10:15 am | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Otherwise known as the DIA’s Red Apple Document, one of the industry's oldest guidance publications is finally overhauled R. D. McDowall One of the oldest guidance documents for computerized system validation is entitled Computerized Systems Used in Non-Clinical Safety Assessment, otherwise known as the Red Apple Document. A new version was published in May 2008


United States Pharmacopeia 1058 Analytical Instrument Qualification Effective

January 23, 2009 8:44 am | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Pertinent to specific techniques, these requirements rely heavily on the manufacturer R. D. McDowall USP on AIQ is effective from August 2008. It was developed from an American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists meeting in 2003. Through a white paper published in 2004 and incorporation as a potential USP general chapter in 2005, cycles of comment and revision have followed to the final version that is now effective.


Swiss Working Group on Information Technology Publishes GLP Validation Guidance

January 23, 2009 8:21 am | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

A very practical and useful document with some interesting approaches R. D. McDowall The Working Group on Information Technology (AGIT in German) is a collaboration of Swiss inspectors and experts from the pharmaceutical industry working to Good Laboratory Practice. This group has published four very practical and useful guidance documents on IT


Probing OER's Huge Potential

January 23, 2009 8:14 am | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

The world needs good teachers — maybe you can help Rob Farber I would like to focus on how we educate and bring more excellent technical people into HPC. The people at Open Educational Resources (OER) are offering the HPC community the opportunity to educate the next-generation workforce with their Open Education Cup competition


On the Pulse

January 23, 2009 8:05 am | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Pen-based computing in the laboratory Bill Weaver, Ph.D This past summer of 2008, we searched for a PDA replacement for use by our new batch of sophomores. The university had no plans to distribute and support iPhones (much to the dismay of the students). However, after some sleuthing, we discovered the logical successor to the PDA — a digital “smartpen”



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