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Cover Story |  Volume 7 - Issue 11  |  December 2012

5 Keys to Effective Communication

How honest communication recduces workplace rumors and earns credibility


Editor's Buzz

What We’ve Got Here is Failure to Communicate

Talking to your staff, your customers, and to upper management is common sense, natural and instinctive, right? Think again.

Business Management

5 Keys to Effective Communication

5 Keys to Effective Communication

How honest communication reduces workplace rumors and earns credibility

Ten Tips for Negotiating Successfully

Ten Tips for Negotiating Successfully

The ability to negotiate successfully in today’s turbulent business climate can mean the difference between success and failure.

Holding the Line on Good Laboratory Practices

Holding the Line on Good Laboratory Practices

The mistakes we all made coming up in the industry—the “freshman effect”—were almost unavoidable. Checking and rechecking kept us in check, and this was our go-to strategy as we became experts.

Investing to Save

Investing to Save

A simple tool for calculating ROI can determine which investments are best for your lab

Accelerating the Patent Process

New U.S. patent offices create hubs of innovation and economic activity

Computing and Automation

Modeling and Simulating Science

Computation unravels old and new questions in biology and chemistry

Buying a LIMS

How a thorough and disciplined approach can help buyers avoid unforeseen costs and other surprises

Laboratory Technology

Optimizing Laboratory Operations

Asset Utilization Monitoring Captures the Data Necessary to Improve Instrument Uptime and Lab Productivity.

Technology News

The latest equipment, instruments and system introductions to the laboratory market.

Ask the Expert

Setting Up a Cell Culture Lab

Dr. Amanda Capes-Davis, an independent cell culture consultant and founding manager of CellBank Australia, talks to contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, PhD, about the imperative need to establish best practices in a cell culture laboratory.  

Lab Product

The Right Choice for UV-VIS Spectrophotometers

One of the oldest and most common forms of absorption-based analysis, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometry continues to evolve.

Product Focus

CO2 Incubators: Environmental Precision Gives Researchers More Control

CO2 Incubators: Environmental Precision Gives Researchers More Control

The evolution of incubators started with the control of heat. Then, scientists wanted humidity control. The desire to control an incubator’s pH spawned CO2 incubators.

Product Focus: Baths and Chillers

Product and Technology Roundup: Hold the Decibels

Product Focus: Non-Gassed Incubators

Product Focus: Non-Gassed Incubators

Advanced Controls Keep the Temperature Accurate Throughout the Box

Product Focus: Pipettes

New Designs Reduce Fatigue and Increase Throughput

Product Focus: GCxGC

Systems for Comprehensive 2D Chromatography


Are You in the Market for an Electrophoresis System?

Electrophoresis relies on a basic process — particles moving in an electric field.

Refrigerators/Freezers Survey 2012 Results

Freezers and refrigerators are an integral part of any laboratory that requires temperature controlled storage.

2012 TOC Analyzers Survey Results

2012 TOC Analyzers Survey Results

TOC (total organic carbon) analyzers are a mainstay of environmental and quality control chemistry.

2012 LIMS User Survey Results

A laboratory information management system (LIMS) consists of software that serves as the interface to a laboratory’s data, instruments, analyses and reports.

Ultra-Low Freezer Survey 2012 Results

Low-temperature (or ultra low) laboratory freezers will achieve temperatures of -40°C to -85°C — much lower than their kitchen-based counterparts.

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: An Academic Clinical Lab

Perspective On: An Academic Clinical Lab

Troubleshooting, scheduling, communicating, and consulting are just part of lab manager Lisa Wright's many responsibilities

Lab Health and Safety

Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle

A 3-Step Program for Working with Autoclaves

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Learning How to Be Safe is an Integral and Important Part of Your Work

For too many years at academic institutions and some companies, health, safety and the environment have been something extra. It’s time that it becomes part of the process.

How it Works

How a Bulk Solvent Delivery System Works

Problem: Solvents are used in virtually every laboratory to perform routine research procedures as well as product quality control and medical and diagnostic tests. Laboratory staff are responsible for the documentation, staging, storage and transport of solvents, which compromises valuable time spent on research.

How Temperature Control in Chillers & Baths Works

Temperature control is a critical aspect of many applications spanning numerous laboratories across the biotech, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors. Chillers and bath circulators are commonly employed to maintain the optimal temperature. The success of your hard work hinges on your temperature control solution.

White Papers and Application Notes

Just How Important is Balance Calibration?

The answer is simple: if you use your balance at all, regular calibration is critical. The question frequently comes up when a balance is initially purchased. A new balance operator’s manual almost always recommends calibration before use

Determining Antioxidant Potential : Using an Oxygen Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) Assay

The oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) assay is an analytical method to determine the antioxidant potential of nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and food ingredients.

Effective Cleaning of Pipettes

Chemical, water or other analysis requiring exact measurement and dispensing of liquid reagents relies on the use of pipettes. Some pipettes are disposable, however, reusable glass pipettes are preferred because they are typically of higher quality and are calibrated more exactly.

Products in Action

PLC 2020 Compact Liquid Chromatography System

Designed to meet the growing need for personalized solutions, Gilson’s PLC 2020 is one of the only benchtop purification systems on the market capable of performing high pressure reverse phase applications at pressures greater than 500 PSI.

i.C3 User Interface

The i.C3 user interface is icon driven, featuring a 7” full-color touchscreen that is door mounted at eye-level on all upright lab refrigerator models. 

LabWare ELN

Recognized worldwide as the leader in enterprise Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and instrument interfacing software, announces the release of LabWare ELN v2.0.