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Hubble Weighs in on the Heaviest Stars in the Galaxy

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Unlike humans, stars are born with all the weight they will ever have. A human's birth weight varies by just a few pounds, but a star's weight ranges from less than a tenth to more than 100 times the mass of our Sun…

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New Machines Could Turn Homes into Small Factories

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | News | Comments

A revolutionary machine, which can quickly and cheaply make everything from a cup to a clarinet, could be in all our homes in the next few years. Research by engineers at the University of Bath could transform the manufacture of almost all everyday household objects by allowing people to produce them in their own homes…

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Taking the Terror Out of Terror

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Anticipating attacks from terrorists, and hardening potential targets against them, is a wearying and expensive business that could be made simpler through a broader view of the opponents' origins, fears, and ultimate objectives…

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Solar Tadpoles Wave at Astrophysicists

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Warwick's Department of Physics have gained insight into the mysterious giant dark "tadpoles" that appear to swim towards the surface of the Sun …

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Widget Watch: Get Out of Bed with Clocky

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | News | Comments

When the alarm clock goes off and the snooze button is pressed, Clocky will roll off the bedside table and wheel away, bumping mindlessly into objects on the floor until it eventually finds a spot to rest. Minutes later, when the alarm sounds again, the sleeper must get up out of bed and search for Clocky…

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Phone ET…or Send Him an Email

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | News | Comments

The world's first "Intergalactic Communication System," www.TalkToAliens.com, has announced that its new "E-Mail to Aliens" service is now available for the public worldwide. A user simply visits the website and selects the "E-Mail to Space" option…

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TKSolver 5.0: Rules-Based Mathematical Solutions

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

An equation solver with programming capabilities that is not only an engineering tool, but an informational management tool as well. Although this software is in its fifth version, I approach it as a novice as it is my first experience with the program. According to the company, it has been on the market since 1983, about the same time as VisiCalc, one of the first spreadsheets to be widely circulated.

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Mathematica Navigator: Mathematics, Statistics, and Graphics

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

The Navigator is one of the more recent additions to the line of books that, by explanation and example, facilitate the use of one of the most popular symbolic/numeric mathematical programs. Mathematica has been reviewed many times in this and other publications and is frequently used software for advanced mathematics

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Creeping Crawlers

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Autonomous adaptive data mining agents Bill Weaver, Ph.D. Measurement scientists deal constantly with the problem of too much data. Faced with a large pile of ore, it is legitimate to ask how much of the desired material it contains. A reasoned sampling strategy coupled with the appropriate statistics can yield an average value that describes the entire collection

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Agilent gains exclusive access to intellectual property for ChIP-on-chip, plans collaborative research center in Cambridge, Mass.

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

PALO ALTO , Calif. , Jan. 5, 2005 Agilent Technologies Inc. has acquired announced its acquisition of Computational Biology Corp., a biotech pioneer in ChIP-on-chip, a microarray -based technique for understanding gene regulation in disease.

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Underlying Pharmaceutical Industry Trends Likely to Shape Future LIMS Usage

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

A look at what we might expect to see in 2005 and beyond Jo Webber, Ph.D. The use, implementation and deployment of laboratory information management systems (LIMS) in the pharmaceutical industry is shaped by underlying trends. For example, pharmacovigilance, which the World Health Organization defines as “the science and activities relating to the detection

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Enterprise Content Management – The Answer To The Data Explosion?

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Jim Miller, Director of Software and Informatics, Agilent Technologies, Inc. It goes without saying that the amount of data we are confronted with in our everyday lives has increased drastically since the advent of the Internet and appears to be rising exponentially.

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Franz Klammer Had it Right: There's no substitute for skill

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Can the penetration of a company into the informatics sector lead big firms to the Promised Land? Randy C. Hice The pedigree of the firm has less to do with your chances of success than the skill set of that person who shoulders the burden of defining, designing and containing your informatics initiative. 

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Improved Decision-Making in a Heterogeneous Data Environment

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Chromatographic techniques account for a substantial portion of the collected analytical data in analytical laboratories today. Although liquid chromatography (LC) predominates, gas chromatography (GC) and super-critical fluid chromatography (SFC) are important too

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A New Age Dawns for Laboratory CDS Computing

February 28, 2005 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

In a previous article that appeared in the March 2004 issue of SC&I, I discussed likely trends in the development of the chromatography data system (CDS) to deal with mounting pressures on every laboratory. I felt that software developers would need to prepare for these trends

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