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SigmaPlot 9.0: Exact Graphs for Exact Science

May 31, 2005 8:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Comments

SigmaPlot is graphics software that allows scientists and engineers to accurately present findings using publication-quality graphics. When used with its statistical counterpart, SigmaStat, a number of statistical tools are seamlessly integrated into the graphic functions so a complete report may be generated.

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Agilent's Direction in Software and Informatics

May 31, 2005 8:00 pm | Comments

Agilent's Direction in Software and

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O-Matrix 5.8: An Environment for Technical Computing

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Comments

Yes, another language and environment for technical programming. However, before the menu-driven, "I don't ever want to program" crowd tunes out, let's take a little closer look at the program's capabilities and learning curve. According to the developers, O-Matrix is "an easy-to-use matrix-based scripting language and an intuitive integrated computing environment."

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One Giant Leap

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Comments

Measuring the small with precision Bill Weaver, Ph.D. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , offered the truism "It's always best to start at the beginning." Consequently, on their journey to a four-year undergraduate degree, the first discussion I have with our new freshman students is the question of "How Many?"

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Secure it or Lose it

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Michael H. Elliott | Comments

A comprehensive security policy for your organization's laboratory data can reduce vulnerability to attacks Michael H. Elliott In February of this year, ChoicePoint, a service provider of information for identification and credential verification, revealed that in October 2004, up to 145,000 consumer profiles were obtained by thieves using phony identities

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Managing Spreadsheets in a Regulated Environment

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | Comments

Christoph Nickel, Senior Product Manager, Laboratory Informatics, Agilent Technologies, Inc. The implications and impact of government regulations are far reaching for public companies today.

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Securing Urban Water Supply and Treatment Facilities

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Devender Gandhi | Comments

A laboratory information management system can provide secure interoperability between laboratories and governing bodies Devender Gandhi In the United States, with 55,000 water systems in place, the possibility of a coordinated disturbance in water sources is remote. However, the vulnerability of local treatment and supply infrastructure remains high, especially those supplying water to large metropolitan areas

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Real-Time Trending Improves Process Control

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Claudia Lukac-Deliman | Comments

A new LIMS provides greater control over chemical plant processes and variations Claudia Lukac-Deliman Ethyl Corp. develops, manufactures, blends and delivers leading-edge additive technology for fuels and lubricants around the world. The company produces fuel additives engineered to improve the performance of gasoline, diesel and other fuels

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A Business Process Focus for Implementing the Paperless Laboratory

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by John Graham | Comments

Use cases provide essential business process focus and requirements foundation John Graham There are many great articles on how to design the laboratory processes for a paperless lab, and process design is a critical part of a paperless laboratory implementation[1]. However, going from the theoretical

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The Coming Evolution of Experiment Design Automation

March 31, 2005 7:00 pm | Comments

New a languages open door to a new breed of software Matthew Shanahan In order to discover and develop new products, life science laboratories have been forced to switch from pursing individual disease targets to selecting regulating factors in a network of molecular interactions. This increased complexity has translated to

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SigmaStat 3.1: Advisory Statistics for Scientists

March 31, 2005 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Comments

The general statistical software is superb for the novice statistician with modest needs and purse. SigmaStat is an old friend that I originally used over 10 years ago when I was first learning about statistical software. At that time, SigmaStat was making the transition from DOS to Windows-based

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Trends in Mathematical Software

March 31, 2005 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Comments

Developers share their insights about where the new releases are heading. I eagerly agreed to write this article on mathematical software trends, since it is one of the areas where readers should be as interested as I am and willing to comment. I have my own ideas

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Building a Future-Proof Wireless Measurement System

March 31, 2005 7:00 pm | Comments

Five guidelines to help ensure your system will stand the test of time. Kristi Hobbs I walked into my favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant a few weeks ago and, as I scanned through the entree selection, my eye caught a small insert in the corner. It said, "Free wireless Internet here."

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Advisory Statististics – Make No Mistake About It!

March 31, 2005 7:00 pm | Comments

Alex Mera Sr. Product Marketing Manager Systat Software, Inc. SigmaStat is an easy-to-use, wizard based, statistical software package designed to expertly guide users through the statistical analysis of their data.

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Using Shock Wave Simulation to Optimize Body Armor

March 31, 2005 7:00 pm | Comments

Advanced computational modeling helps improve protective gear designs Tomas Friend, Ph.D. American war fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan face a high risk of serious injury or death from mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Since the end of conventional warfare in Iraq, blasts have killed more than 1,000 Americans

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