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Fact or Fiction?

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Vetting text with natural language processing algorithms Bill Weaver, Ph.D. While teaching my instrumentation and measurement courses, I am often met with surprise at the statement, “Scientists are the members of our civilization charged with discovering, documenting and disseminating truth.” I then spend more than a few minutes justifying this assertion. To support this statement, think about the consequences facing other professions that don’t...

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Demonstrating System Life Cycle Regulatory Compliance: Inception through Construction

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Donna Lococo | Articles | Comments

A step-by-step guide to achieving an early-stage focus Donna Lococo The regulatory landscape for laboratories and the information systems that support them is a complicated topic that often does not get adequate attention in the earliest stages of system life cycle. Common practice may be to approach regulatory “compliance” as a bullet item on a feature list, both in terms of an organization’s requirements document and the vendor’s proposal....

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Designing the Interface between LIMS and CDS

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by R.D. McDowall, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

 Laboratories in regulated industries must work electronically if they are to survive. The rationale is that regulatory agencies are going electronic, with serious event safety reports being transmitted electronically in Europe to the agencies since 2004, and with the announcement by the FDA that all new drug applications must be electronic. The message is clear — move to an electronic environment.

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From Cow Paths to Superhighways

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Stuart M. Miller and John M. Petrakis | Articles | Comments

Sophisticated process analysis techniques can bring dramatic change to informatics implementations Stuart M. Miller and John M. Petrakis Even before it was called “lab informatics,” the concept of process improvement as a predecessor to informatics system implementations was recognized and accepted as a necessary part of most major lab informatics projects. Yet, today, increasing pressure to get informatics projects done faster and cheaper,...

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Effectively Defining LIMS System Requirements: How to launch a successful laboratory automation project

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Christine Paszko, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

The first step of any successful laboratory automation project begins with clearly and succinctly defining the technical requirements of the data management system along with the laboratory manager, end-user, information technology (IT) personnel and all other stakeholder needs requirements. For many projects, this involves the creation of a team that will work to create flow diagrams that capture the business processes and rules

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Holiday Diversions: A gift guide for your favorite scientist

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

November and the holiday season are upon us again. While it seems like only a few months since I finished last year’s guide, I have managed to locate a new crop of gift suggestions, containing both the unique and the unusual. First, let me suggest a little holiday music. Before you start thinking elevator music, this is not a CD containing the typical list of recycled carols.

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California Dreaming: The Golden State steadies itself for LabAutomation

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

With the climatic and geographical changes from north to south, the latitude for finding something to like is wider with California than any other state. From the titanic redwoods to the north, to the idle rich playing golf at Pebble Beach, to skiing at Tahoe, to the isothermal climate of San Diego, California is packed to the gills with people for a reason.

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Protect Lives and Defeat the Bullet

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Body armor with greater ballistics resistance is the aim of the research being carried out by Youqi Wang, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Kansas State University, with support from two U.S. Department of Defense agencies…

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Twin Star Explosions Fascinate Astronomers

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Scientists using NASA's Swift satellite stumbled upon a rare sight: two supernovas side by side in one galaxy. Large galaxies typically play host to three supernovas per century. Galaxy NGC 1316 has had two supernovas in less than five months…

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Silent Knight

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

MIT and Cambridge University researchers will unveil the conceptual design for a silent, environmentally friendly passenger plane at a press conference Monday, November 6, at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London…

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Is the Moon Still Alive?

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Conventional wisdom says the Moon is dead. Conventional wisdom may be wrong. A team of scientists led by Prof. Peter Schultz of Brown University has announced evidence for fresh geologic activity on the Moon. Although lunar volcanism…

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A Leading-edge Camera for Molecules

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg have visualized vibration and rotation in the nuclei of a hydrogen molecule as a quantum mechanical wave packet. What is more, this has been achieved on an extremely short…

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Walk This Way

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Nothing can possibly go wrong go wrong go wrong . The truth behind the old joke is that most robots are programmed with a fairly rigid "model" of what they and the world around them are like. If a robot is damaged or its environment changes unexpectedly…

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Scientists "See" New Ocean Floor Just Before and After it is Created

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

A multidisciplinary research team from six institutions has for the first time successfully anticipated and chronicled a seafloor eruption along the global mid-ocean ridge, the most active volcanic system on Earth. The event along the East Pacific Rise…

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A Quantum (Computer) Step

October 31, 2006 7:00 pm | News | Comments

A University of Utah physicist took a step toward developing a superfast computer based on the weird reality of quantum physics by showing it is feasible to read data stored in the form of the magnetic "spins" of phosphorus atoms…

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