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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
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.
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
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: 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.