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The merging of people and data

October 1, 2015 | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

We all hear about mergers. They happen every day in the business world. The main purpose of these mergers is to build a better product or business. The same is true in the lab design world, where combining two unlikely lab settings into one can help spur innovation and research.

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A good vent: A brief look at energy-efficient lab ventilation strategies

October 5, 2015 8:43 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

In today’s lab world, most people are aware of the amount of air they use in their labs. Along with this well-known fact, lab owners and users both know the use of air in a lab environment is the single biggest issue with energy consumption, and that labs are energy hogs. With these realizations, lab owners and users must find one or more strategies to fix this issue, and do so fast.


How to prevent BSC contamination and protect valuable cell cultures

October 2, 2015 11:36 am | by Marc Dunn, Global Technical Applications Specialist – Clean Air, Thermo Fisher Scientific | Articles | Comments

When working with valuable cell cultures, contaminating microorganisms, especially mycoplasma species, can be detrimental to the accuracy of resulting data, while introducing a potential hazard to lab personnel. Fortunately, the biological safety cabinet (BSC) provides a ventilated sterile work environment in which to safely handle biological samples, protecting both the cultures and users from hazardous particles.


Teaching lab to teaching suite: New paradigm for academic science labs

September 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by Arlen Li, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal/Director of Laboratory Planning, Payette | Articles | Comments

Science instruction for higher education has transformed in the last 10 to 15 years. This transformation is evident in the shifted focus from a single-source teaching modality (teacher to student) to a more open learning-centric environment, where students often work in small groups to research topics and independently find solutions to a scientific query.


The scientific workplace: Designing for people

September 14, 2015 12:57 pm | by William Holt, Director of Life Sciences, LEED AP, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates | Articles | Comments

What is going on in the scientific workplace today? Innovation is the buzzword in today’s workplace, and the consensus seems to be collaboration is key. So walls are coming down, private offices are disappearing and workplaces resemble cafes with white boards. This is possible because we are wireless and can work anywhere and anytime.


Successful planning strategies for adding cleanroom capabilities to a lab project

September 14, 2015 11:16 am | by Regal Leftwich, Lab Planner, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

From biomedical engineering to material sciences, nanoscale fabrication and metrology capabilities have become a requirement for institutions to participate in world-class research. Cleanrooms almost always have the largest impact on cost and schedule in terms of construction and operation for a lab project.


Leak Detection Systems

September 8, 2015 2:13 pm | by GF Piping Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Aimed to fulfill a wide range of customer requirements for leak detection in double containment piping systems, GF Piping Systems has announced a new product line featuring three leak detection systems. The new offering complements the company’s double containment piping systems, which includes Fuseal Squared, PP, Contain-It and Double-See.


Lab Vacuum Pumps Run By Compressed Air

September 8, 2015 12:24 pm | by Piab Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Piab Lab-Vac is a must-have device for the modern lab. Using compressed air provided by a standard compressed air system, vacuum can be provided to 11-mm Hg absolute, suiting for all common lab applications such as vacuum filtration, rotary evaporation, degassing and gel drying.


Pre-engineered Modular Enclosure

September 8, 2015 11:50 am | by HEMCO Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Where critical levels of temperature and humidity must be maintained, the pre-engineered modular enclosures offer a cost-effective alternative to conventional construction and provide the quality, durability and performance that Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) demand. CMM rooms are specifically designed to maintain a +/- one degree temperature consistently. The modular room provides the e...


3- and 6-L Electric Ice Bucket

September 8, 2015 11:27 am | by TECA Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Waterless baths from tecaLAB have a temperature controlled option. Available in 3- and 6-L sizes, the temperature controlled Electric Ice Buckets allow the end user to program set points in either heating or cooling mode. The temperature controller is a PWM (pulse width modulating) controller. Versatile features include a USB communication port, data logging software and four different PID setting for different temperature ranges.


1,600-W Portable LED Floodlight System

September 3, 2015 5:37 pm | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has introduced a 1,600-W portable LED flood light system that is designed for rugged, yet portable use, and is suitable for demanding industrial and outdoor conditions. The CM-4X400LTL-25 LED flood light system from Larson Electronics is a portable lighting system constructed with four 400-W LED light heads that produce 208,000 lumens of light combined.


Hybrid Cleanroom

September 3, 2015 1:49 pm | by Terra Universal Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Terra Universal’s free-standing modular Hybrid cleanroom offers the best of both hardwall and softwall room features. Like a hardwall, the room will maintain specified positive pressure and cleanliness levels (ISO 5 – 8), but like a softwall, it is economical and easily relocated.


Tips for a resilient lab

August 28, 2015 9:12 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret to the public that extreme weather and environmental issues are disrupting utility services and increasing flooding. The recent example being Hurricane Sandy, where power was lost for over a week in certain Tri-State areas and important buildings such as research labs and hospitals were flooding, and precious research was lost.


Architects’ Design and Health Research Consortium to expand

August 20, 2015 12:00 pm | by American Institute of Architects | News | Comments

The Architects Foundation, along with the AIA and the ACSA, announced a new member Request for Qualifications will be available September 1 as part of an expansion of the AIA’s ongoing Design & Health Research Consortium, which helps translate research into the influence design has on public health for the public, policymakers, design and public health professionals.


Strong conditions persist for ABI

August 20, 2015 10:05 am | by American Institute of Architects | News | Comments

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is reflecting healthy and sustained demand for design services in nearly all nonresidential project types. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to 12 month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.


PNNL to tackle future grid challenges through new facility, capabilities

August 20, 2015 8:41 am | by Dawn Zimmerman, PNNL | Videos | Comments

With the opening this week of the Systems Engineering Building at the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a new suite of capabilities becomes available to researchers and industry to tackle the nation's top challenges in grid modernization, buildings efficiency and renewable energy integration.



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