Time to Get Creative
Judging by this month’s cover story as well as the results of our latest Laboratory Spending Trends survey, it’s safe to say that federal budget cuts have created serious challenges for the scientific research community.
The Third Annual Laboratory Spending Trends Report
Cautious optimism for an improved 2014 laboratory products market
2013 LIMS User Survey Results
A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) serves as the interface to a laboratory’s data, instruments, analyses and reports. For many analytical laboratories, a LIMS is an important investment that assists management in evaluating the efficiency of the laboratory’s operations and reducing costs.
2013 CO2 Incubator Survey Results
CO2 incubators are designed to copy a cell’s natural environment with a relative humidity of around 95 percent, a temperature of 37°C and a pH of 7.2 to 7.5. They are most common in biology labs performing tissue or cell culture and are used in any process where cells need to be cultured for a few hours or many weeks or where cells need to be expanded or maintained.
Leadership and Staffing
Take Charge of Your Unruly Inner Critic
Have you ever found yourself wrapped up in the fear of looking stupid in front of others?
Don't Underestimate the Power of Face Time
We’re just now starting to see the drawbacks of how technology is affecting our interactions in the real, physical world
In the Trenches
Management by walking around can reveal how your employees really feel
Ask the Expert
Transitioning From HPLC to UHPLC
Justin Ringling, senior scientist in Analytical R&D at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, talks to contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, PhD, about his work, which involves developing and validating analytical methods using HPLC, UHPLC, ICP, and MS.
Lab Health and Safety
Lab Health and Safety Tips
Don’t Allow Experiments to Run Unattended Unless They Are Failsafe
There are surely going to be times when experiments must continue running on their own while you do other things (go out to lunch or home to sleep). At these times, it’s important to consider all the things that could go wrong in your absence and to prepare for them.
Product Focus: GC Columns
As regulators have redefined environmental methods for low-abundance analytes, and demanded the analysis of more analytes, column manufacturers have done well to provide greater sensitivity and selectivity.
Product Focus: Lab Washers
A lab washer provides convenience, saves water and energy, and provides many more options for cleaning. In fact, the options just keep growing.
Product Focus: Mills and Grinders
Matching the machine to the task provides longer life and better results
Product Focus: Homogenizers
New applications are being developed for homogenizers and are important in mixing suspensions, lotions, pastes, and dry-grinding solid materials.
Time to Upgrade?
How it Works
How Automating Sample Management Works
Problem: Advancements in technology in the scientific arena have led to the requirement to store larger numbers of compounds including small molecules, potential drug candidates or biological samples.
How to Reduce Air Change Rates
Problem: With their critical needs for indoor air quality, power, temperature, humidity and other environmental conditions, labs traditionally have had a difficult time balancing the growing pressures for energy efficiency with the technical requirements of the required functionality within the facility.