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Cover Story |  Volume 5 - Issue 5  |  June 2010


Are negligent health and safety practices costing your lab money?


Lab Health and Safety

It Pays To Protect

Pay me now, or pay me later has never rung more true than when it comes to workplace health and safety. The chain reaction of costs (both direct and indirect) and consequences when an accident occurs proves all too well the value of diligent lab safe

Rash Decisions

Recognizing and preventing latex rubber glove allergies.

Leadership and Staffing

Retaining Knowledge

The soft knowledge of your most experienced staff members is a valuable asset that can be used for commercial advantage. Allowing these staff members to leave the laboratory without capturing this knowledge means an irrecoverable loss of valuable as

Science Matters: Survey Reveals Loyalty and Engagement Levels

As scientists focus on obtaining career success, managers can improve the morale in their organizations by providing effective training programs, positive feedback, and open and honest communication to their employees.

Laboratory Technology

Presumed Accurate

The notion that a temperature can be exactly X is erroneous, in the strictest sense of accuracy. In reality, all measurements are subject to uncertainty, and a measured value is only complete if it is accompanied by a statement of the associated uncertainty.

Securing Data

Whether youre looking at a LIMS, ELN or another system, ensuring data integrity is important in order to ensure that the data a researcher references is correct, satisfy outside stakeholders, and support other efforts, such as proving patents by providing the supporting data.

June 2010 Technology News

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

Thermo Jewett Laboratory Refrigerators and Freezers

Designed to store high value, critical samples, reagents, vaccines, blood and plasma.

Technology News - HPLC 2010

The latest equipment, instrument and system introductions to the laboratory market at HPLC 2010.

Lab Design and Furnishings

Best and Brightest

Of late, designers and operators of laboratory spaces are beginning to encourage clients to consider an unusual and often unconsidered aspect of research facilities: how laboratory design and amenities contribute to a research organizations ability to attract and retain top scientific talent.

Research-Specific Labs

expert working in a forensics lab

Perspective On: A Forensic Crime Lab

The National Academy of Sciences has unanimously recommended 13 measures to address problems plaguing crime-lab forensics, including a call for massive forensic-science research sponsored and funded by a science-based agency outside the Department of Justice.

Business Management

Partnering with Other Labs

An array of partnership business models has emerged from the slow dance and courtship between industry, academia and government.

Ready to Buy

When preparing to purchase a new laboratory instrument, keep bid specifications basic, let as many vendors as possible compete, look at more than basic spec requirements, check for unique features of each system, and encourage demos.

How it Works

How it Works: Engineering Labels for the Laboratory Environment

Engineered labels are the best choice for use on labware within the laboratory environment.

How it Works: Miniaturizing Automated Cell Counting

The latest innovation in cell counting combines the ease of automated instrumentation and the accuracy of Coulter technology in an affordable, hand-held format.

How it Works: Advanced Data Analysis Using Visualization

Even though the exploration and analysis of large data sets can be challenging, the active use of visualization techniques can provide a powerful way of identifying important structures and patterns very quickly.

Lab Product

Beaker containing a piece of paper with several dots of color

Evolution Of HPLC Systems

The origins of HPLC date back to the invention of chromatography in the early 20th century, through the introduction of partition and paper chromatography in the 1940s, to the introduction of liquid chromatography in the early 1960s.

Ask the Expert

Ask The Expert: How to Overcome Challenges with Chromatography

David Ji, laboratory director at Analytical Laboratories in Anaheim, Inc., talks about the different ways in which his service laboratory uses chromatography techniques to analyze complex sample mixtures for various clients.

Product Focus

Product Focus: HPLC Systems

HPLC has expanded its scope significantly into chemistry, pharmaceuticals, forensics, and organic chemical analysis.

Product Focus: GC Systems

Gas chromatography (GC) has long been the backbone of organic chemical analysis.

Chromatography Data Systems: The "Brains" of Analytical Instruments

The advent of inexpensive, powerful, personal computers has been a boon for chromatography data systems.

Purchasing Guides

Lab Manager Magazine's Independent Guide to Purchasing a Lab Mill or Grinder

The best method of obtaining a small representative sample of the nonuniform whole is to take a quantity of the material large enough to be compositionally representative and reduce it to a fine homogeneous powder.