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Improved Detection with Digital Breast Tomosynthesis

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by J. Daniel Janzen | Articles | Comments

Harnessing graphics processing power yields major cancer screening advance, next-generation programming architecture J. Daniel Janzen A longtime leader in breast cancer detection and diagnosis, the Breast Imaging Division in the Department of Radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has been instrumental in helping bring new screening approaches to the field. MGH’s technological innovation and clinical research have enabled doctors...


The Victorian-era Child of the 21 st Century

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

As data management challenges continue to grow, organizations are working to develop new solutions Rob Farber Do you remember when a gigabyte disk drive was "a lot" of storage in that by-gone age of the 20 th century? Still in our first decade of the 21 st century, major supercomputer sites now speak of storage in terms of petabytes, 10 15 bytes, or six orders of magnitude increase in capacity over a gigabyte! Unlike our archaic "big" disk...


Technology Quagmire

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

LIMS Watch report cuts to the chase Randy C. Hice Technology not only outpaces our ability to understand it, but the diversity of technology creates new silos of ignorance that slant the learning curve ever upward. Since my bandwidth to study trade magazines on every facet of technology is limited, I am a voracious consumer of professional reviews, ratings, opinion polls and independent testing organization briefs. This approach was most useful as I...


Quick & Easy Integration with Mathematica Link for Excel

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Mathematica Link for Excel 3 is a much-needed link between the two programs that serves the user well in both directions of export. For those of us who use Microsoft Excel on a regular basis, we appreciate the data manipulative characteristics and ease-of-use features, but cringe at the thought of doing anything but routine statistical and mathematical analysis in that software.


Weka Machine Learning Workbench Review

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

I had originally intended this review to be subtitled "Data Mining on the Cheap" as this is freeware, but not wanting to bias attitudes against free software that is actually very powerful in its own right, and planning to do more freeware reviews, a more dignified title was mandated. In future, there will be a short column review on the WinBugs Bayesian analysis program and a longer review on the 'R' language.


Operation: Furious Speed Bump

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Systematic impediments to laboratory integration Bill Weaver, Ph.D. Twenty years ago this month, I was a junior undergrad taking a course in laboratory instrumentation. As I recall, our project involved the development of a visible absorption spectrometer using a 12-volt auto lamp, some theater gels and a photodiode. We hooked it up to an analog-to-digital converter circuit that was ported into a 1-MHz Commodore64 personal computer running its...


HPC Balance and Common Sense

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

Maintain ratios that work and improve on those that don’t Rob Farber With the advent of new processors and technologies, the current state of flux in the HPC community is a boon for scientists. Ever more capable supercomputers are being procured, and the performance increases promised by multi-core processors, increasing memory bandwidths, new communications fabrics and exotic computer architectures can significantly reduce the time-to-solution...


64-Bit Operating Systems Enter the Mainstream

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Mike Neal | Articles | Comments

A look at the impact of Microsoft Windows Vista x64 on engineering and scientific applications Mike Neal Scientists and engineers increasingly use commercial off-the-shelf PC technology in both research and industry to bring new products to market faster and at lower costs. As a result, the introduction of new PC technologies often has unforeseen and potentially disruptive consequences. No new technology promises to cause more change than the...


Securing the Future of e-Science

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by David Berg | Articles | Comments

Network access control holds the key David Berg The advent of Web 2.0 and the key principles characterizing Web 2.0 applications, such as the Web as a platform, data as the driving force, network effects created by an architecture of participation, and extensive use of folksonomies (in the form of tags, or annotations, as referred to within the scientific community), are driving the scientific community to embrace a scientific research...


LabWare LIMS

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | LabWare, Inc. | Articles | Comments

LabWare LIMS is a customer-configurable LIMS with a variety of optional modules that extend the application's functionality to address the needs of specific market segments


Understanding the Roles of ECM-SDMS and LIMS

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Robert Pavlis | Articles | Comments

Electronic integration can provide significant value Robert Pavlis This article will explore the roles that enterprise content management (ECM)/scientific data management systems (SDMS) and laboratory information management systems (LIMS) fulfill in the laboratory and how these systems can be leveraged so that they not only coexist, but also complement one another to provide maximum value to the laboratory


Instant Messaging for the Modern Road Warrior

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

The use of instant messaging is a phenomena that continues to grow. If you don’t believe me, just check with any high schooler! However, its popularity is not limited to just teens, many businesses are also adopting it, both for general internal business functions and customer service/technical support. The biggest drawback is the number of different messaging services and their general incompatibility.


Bulldozed: Using the right tools for the job

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Don’t take a knife to a gunfight Randy C. Hice Using the right tools for the job is something that few companies do correctly. What are tools in the informatics industry? Software, consultative help, esoteric hardware, instrumentation, and so on.



January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | Cerno Bioscience | Product Releases | Comments

MassWorks is a post-acquisition software package that utilizes MSIntegrity calibration technology to achieve higher mass accuracies of up to 5 ppm, even on conventional mass spectrometers of unit mass resolution.



January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | Bioinformatics Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

RAPTOR 4.0 for Linux, the latest edition of this protein threading software, is designed to predict protein structure from protein sequence. Integer programming algorithm enables the discovery of remote structural homology for hard sequences and high quality prediction.



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