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Cover Story |  Volume 6 - Issue 3  |  April 2011

Scientists & The Social Media

Are Laboratory professionals ready to take...


Business Management

Scientists & the Social Media

Laboratories are at the forefront of research and analysis. But when it comes to communication, they are followers rather than leaders and can be very slow to adopt innovations.

Learning Management Systems

Managing a lab is a tough job for a number of reasons, especially for those lab managers who work in regulated industries. In those industries, keeping your team members up to date on the latest safety, environmental, or process information is critical to a company’s success.

Leadership and Staffing

Personal Accountability

You have a wonderful staff. You have given all the assignments and now it’s time to sit back and wait for the results to roll in. Sadly, not in my world. There is a lot more to getting things done than assigning tasks.

Leadership Is Communication

Leadership is communication, yet too many business leaders do not understand or appreciate this very basic truth. It may not be entirely their fault, though.

Laboratory Technology

Science Matters: Better Technology, Better Life?

Nanotechnology is still early in its commercial development, but many scientists agree it could become a part of everyone’s daily life in the not-too-distant future.

Optimizing Energy Efficiency

Most laboratory managers recognize that they can improve the energy efficiency of their labs by implementing commonsense tactics such as turning off equipment that’s not in use, installing lighting sensors that dim lights automatically, etc.

Lab Design and Furnishings

Greening Older Laboratories

How does a research facility or biotech company with older laboratories update existing facilities to current energy conservation standards?


2011 Centrifuge Product Survey Results

As one of the earliest scientific instruments, the centrifuge is one of the true workhorse pieces of equipment in today’s laboratories. We reveal the results of our centrifuge survey right here.

Are You in the Market for a Refractometer?

A refractometer is an optical instrument that is used to determine a concentration of a particular substance within a given solution. Continue on to get the results of our refractometers survey!

2011 Water Purification Survey Results

Water is the most commonly used laboratory reagent; however, the importance of water quality is often overlooked. Read on to find out the results of our water purifier system survey.

Product Focus

Product Focus: Analytical Balances

Laboratories have numerous weighing options, including sliding-scale mechanical balances, top loaders, and analytical balances.

Refractometers: Universal Concentration Meters

Refractometers are instruments that quantify and identify chemicals and materials based on their refractive index (RI).

Product Focus: Fume Hoods

Fume hoods are notorious for consuming expensive resources, particularly electricity and conditioned air that is vented to the environment along with volatile chemicals and other toxins.

Product Focus: Flow Cytometers

In response to reduced reliance on core lab services, manufacturers of flow cytometers have been busily upgrading instrument capabilities for expert and casual users.

Lab Product

Evolution of Laboratory Mills and Grinders

The process of grinding and milling is essential in many laboratory situations. Certain solvent-free reactions are conducted, for example, by the fine grinding of reagents together in a vessel to ensure close contact of individual particles.

MindMap: Reduce My Lab’s Environmental Impact

The annual energy usage in a typical U.S. life science laboratory has recently been estimated at 4.54 GJ/m2/year,1 almost three times the energy usage of a medium intensity commercial building (1.79 GJ/m2/year).

Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert: How to Choose the Right Water Purification System for Your Lab

Emily Anna Bridges, laboratory manager in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, shares her harrowing experiences when the aged water purification system supplying water to her research building stopped functioning entirely, after months of causing leaks and contamination problems.

Lab Health and Safety

Preserving, Anyone?

Preserving, Anyone?

Formaldehyde is one of the nastiest chemicals around

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Quality Control Lab

In order to ensure that products going into the market meet the highest standards, many manufacturing companies have a designated division that tests the quality of its material. Brian Newell heads one such division.


April 2011 Technology News

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

How it Works

How Self-Balancing Centrifuge Rotor Technology Works

With the invention of the centrifuge came the problem of rotor balance. Specimen containers must be properly sized and properly located on the rotor to provide rotor balance each and every cycle.

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How it Works: Maximizing ELISA Throughput and Efficiency

Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) are commonly used in diagnostic and quality-control laboratories. During an ELISA, an unknown amount of antigen is immobilized to the surface of a microplate well and an enzyme-linked antibody is subsequently bound.

Purchasing Guides

Lab Manager's Independent Guide to Purchasing a GC System

Gas chromatography (GC) is a common technique used in analytical chemistry for separating and analyzing compounds that can be vaporized without decomposition.