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Tech Overview - Molecular Spectroscopy
December 12, 2018 -- This post kicks off our next technology series. Our focus will cover molecular spectroscopy. If your research uses molecular spec devices, or you are interested in learning more, be sure to follow along with this series as we uncover different technologies. Read More
Food Testing Compliance – Small Labs Battle With Changing Times
December 7, 2018 -- In our previous article, we reviewed some of the most prominent trends in the food applications industry. In this article, we delve into the technological drivers in the industry as well as end-user perspectives of 135 scientists around the world that currently use analytical tools in food safety testing, composition analysis, and other related applications. Read More
Modest Growth for Lab Automation
December 4, 2018 -- Lab automation refers to a collection of technologies that are involved in making faster and more efficient repetitive laboratory tasks. Lab automation generally consists of six categories: liquid handling; microplate readers; LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System), ELN/LES (Electronic Laboratory Notebook/Laboratory Execution System) and SDMS (Scientific Data Management System); multiplex and high-throughput ELISA systems; informatics; and robotics. Each of these techniques aims to increase the speed, efficiency, and accuracy of lab work, and enhance overall productivity. Read More
Tech Overview - X-ray Diffraction
November 30, 2018 -- X-ray Diffraction (XRD) is a non-destructive technique that probes properties of crystals, metallic solids and powders made of small-scale crystals. In XRD, a beam of x-rays is directed at the sample. Read More
Precious Metal Analysis with Atomic Spectroscopy- A Touchstone for Today!
November 28, 2018 -- Human culture has valued gold since prehistoric times. Gold was used in trade, and the first gold coins arose in the 6th century BCE. Doubtless, counterfeiting and adulteration arose almost immediately thereafter. Consequently, technology arose to evaluate gold for authenticity and purity. The importance and ubiquity of these methods have led to them entering the language as metaphors – we may speak of an ‘acid test’ or ‘touchstone’ for evaluating or exemplifying something’s worth. Although few of us still use gold in a day-to-day fashion for commerce, the need to assess purity remains, and analytical laboratory tools can be brought to bear on the question. Read More
Is Your Food Fit to Feast?
November 27, 2018 -- Almost everything you eat or drink exists within the confines of modern-day food safety guidelines, standards, and laws. Before it enters the grocery store or restaurant kitchen (and later, your stomach), the raw materials and final product have most likely been tested, processed, manufactured, monitored, validated, quality-checked, characterized, and certified – all before being shipped to its final destination for consumer purchase. Read More
Tech Overview - Total Organic Carbon
November 16, 2018 -- Carbon is found in both organic and inorganic forms. Organic carbon typically comes from naturally occurring urea, amines, and humid acid or from synthetic sources such as pesticides, fertilizers, and detergents. It also occurs as a result of the metabolic processes of bacteria and microorganisms. Inorganic carbon can come from a wide variety of sources, such as carbonate, bicarbonate, and carbon dioxide. Measurements of organic carbon are important for assessing water quality for a variety of purposes, however total organic carbon (TOC) analyzers generally determine the total carbon content of a sample and then separately account for the organic and inorganic content of the sample. Since the inorganic and organic content must sum to the total content, any two measurements determine the third. For this reason, the instruments classified in this post are referred to generally as sum parameter instruments. Read More
Who is top-of-mind in Plasticware?
November 14, 2018 -- We at The Science Advisory recognize the importance brands hold to our scientists. There are a variety of ways we can measure the value of a brand name. We have found that our members are loyal to brands that they have successes with and perceive as high quality. Furthermore, how recognizable the brand name is, and the special attributes the branded product contains are of great importance as well. We wanted to delve deep into the plasticware space and find out what brands came to mind when asked about lab plasticware for cell culture and liquid handling and storage. Read More
Younger Scientists Using Social Media
November 12, 2018 -- Early in their careers, younger scientists are highly motivated to learn as much as possible about “everything” – including products and services related to their research. Familiarity with social media for personal use helps them to make the transition to use social media for their professional development. Read More
Role of Chromatography in Cannabis Testing
October 29, 2018 -- In our Global Assessment series, we’ve already covered many exciting technologies and topics, such as portable spectroscopy machines, NGS, Triple quadrupole ICP-MS, atomic spectroscopy, and their respective roles in the industry. Today our analyst, Ivan, will give us some insight into the role of chromatography in cannabis testing. Read More
Tech Overview - Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
October 26, 2018 -- Today we’ll be uncovering inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy. Inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy (ICP) uses optical emission spectroscopy to determine the atomic composition of samples. However, the plasma torch can also be used in connection with a mass spectrometer to make the identifications in an entirely different way. Read More
Data Dashboards and the Changing Landscape of Data Visualization
October 24, 2018 -- Every day, mankind creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. The rate of our data production is so great that 90% of the world’s data today was created in the last two years alone. This information flows from many sources; climate sensors, investing algorithms, music videos and social media posts all contribute to the formation of a worldwide data repository of immense volume. Read More
CRISPR-Cas9's Impact on Current Tools and Techniques
October 23, 2018 -- Diving into the second part of the CRISPR workflow series, we are exploring how our panel believes that current tools, techniques and methods will be impacted due to the increased abundance of CRISPR technology in their labs. We know that life science suppliers are seeking preeminence in newly formed product lines for CRISPR/Cas9 kits and consumables, yet the ripple-effect of CRISPR’s rise may be felt in more mature applications that are used for validation in the CRISPR/Cas9 workflow. Read More
Tech Overview - Arc/spark Optical Emission Spectrometry
October 19, 2018 -- Today we’re uncovering Optical emission spectroscopy (OES). OES is a general term for analytical methods that involve exciting a sample with energy so that the component atoms give off light radiation of particular frequencies that can be used to identify the composition of the sample. Read More
The Role of Microscopy in Surface Science
October 17, 2018 -- Surface science technologies include instruments involved in analyzing and observing the chemical and physical surface properties of a material, especially through the use of various microscopy techniques. At The Science Advisory Board, we examined industry growth for optical, electron, scanning probe, confocal & advanced microscopes, as well as surface analyzers. Advanced techniques such as super-resolution microscopy and digital microscopes are shaping this field, which we project to grow by 5.6% annually through 2020. Read More