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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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StatXact: Statistical Software for Exact Nonparametric Inference

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

StatXact is software for conducting exact statistical tests, confidence intervals and power/sample size calculations. For the non-initiated, these are tests that calculate exact p-values from compilations of tables, giving more extreme values than a given cutoff table. These are to be contrasted with p-values based upon asymptotic theory that requires very large samples and a normal distribution.

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Data Rich but Information Poor

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Tom Ferraro | Articles | Comments

Adopting procedures for efficient data sharing is a low-cost way to shorten development cycles Tom Ferraro One of the greatest challenges industrial production faces is bringing together the three conflicting goals of shortened model cycles, minimized costs and increased product quality. Factors such as globalization and resource consolidation require companies to rethink everything from their locations to which technology infrastructure best...

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Simulating the World

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Mike Kemp | Articles | Comments

Once an area of a few researchers with large budgets, high performance computing has evolved Mike Kemp The use of computer-driven simulations has become a widespread research tool enabling massive advances across a multitude of industries. Simulation has become an accepted, cost-effective, low-risk way to investigate solutions without having to build the actual target functionality. Aircraft design, military applications and large systems such...

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A Port in the Storm

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Wayne McDilda | Articles | Comments

Today’s computer user groups can offer invaluable assistance in dealing with security threats Wayne McDilda “DANGEROUS NEW VIRUS!” scream the headlines of mass media. Gory details of the havoc that will be wrought from the latest computer security threat are available in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, Web sites and email lists. How do science professionals know who to trust, what to do, what not to do, what others have done, and what...

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Mortimer's Mathematics for Physical Chemistry

March 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

ccording to the cover blurb, Mathematics for Physical Chemistry is a text for chemistry undergraduates with emphasis on preparation for physical chemistry courses. As such, it contains the usual exposition, examples and problems, but also may be useful as a review to those in a variety of other fields.

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