Latest Laboratories Stories

2011-08-15 12:14:55

Findings will help lead to personalized therapies for common, complex illnesses characterized by abnormal immune responses Scientists at Mount Sinai Hospital, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Toronto, University Health Network and McGill University have obtained significant new insights into the causes of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune disorders including type 1 diabetes, lupus and Graves disease. The findings represent a key initial step in realizing the...

2011-08-04 08:46:46

With the aim of better protecting endangered species, game wardens are studying the behavior of surviving great apes in the wild. This is often painstaking work because it is difficult to distinguish between different individuals. A new software system will make things easier by analyzing the animals' faces for individual identification. The pictures from the video trap are highly encouraging. A strong young male gorilla appears several times "“ in a tree, moving through the forest, at...

2011-07-28 07:04:00

ARMONK, N.Y., July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the creation of the Services Innovation Lab (SIL), a new global lab that will initially comprise about 200 technology experts hand-picked from around the company. The lab will accelerate the expansion of real-time analytics and software automation in both IBM's technology services offerings and its global services delivery capabilities. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) The SIL...

2011-07-05 12:58:32

MIT researchers have developed a new algorithm that could prevent the midair collisions of up to 10 to 12 small aircraft every year. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandated that by 2020, all commercial aircraft must be equipped with a new tracking system that broadcasts GPS data, providing more accurate location information than ground-based radar. The FAA has asked MIT researchers to lead the investigation of the system's limits and capacities in anticipation of the deadline....

2011-06-09 10:00:00

NEW YORK, June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled its most comprehensive smarter buildings solution as it highlights three unique projects in New Orleans, New York and Minnesota that show the potential of applying advanced analytics and automation to buildings. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ibm-and-tulane-university-usher-in-a-new-era-for-smarter-buildings-in-new-orleans-123534164.html...

2011-06-09 09:17:30

The plane takes off from Munich in bright weather, temperature 10 degrees Celsius, and lands in Anchorage, Alaska, in driving snow, temperature minus 15. Parked on the airfield overnight, the aircraft takes off the next morning at a freezing minus 25 degrees, heading for Dubai, where the weather is a sunny 32 degrees. The temperature on the outside of the fuselage is over 80 degrees. The rapid changes in temperature pose a challenge for the technical systems and materials. How can it be...

2011-05-27 19:47:08

Nanotech is opening up new markets and offering novel solutions to numerous challenges in a very varied range of areas. This was the tenor of the 1st Swiss NanoConvention which took place on May 18 and 19 in Baden. The event was organized by Empa, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the ETH Zurich, and offered the 300 or so decision-makers who participated a practical platform on which to discuss and exchange ideas not just about developments in the nanosector which are beneficial to...

2011-05-18 00:01:29

Promium Element Datasystem® LIMS incorporates seamless upload to WaterTrax. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 17, 2011 Promium, L.L.C., announced today that the company has entered into a partnership with WaterTrax to ensure interoperability of their respective products. Promium provides laboratory information management systems (LIMS) to environmental laboratories. Element DataSystem® LIMS from Promium is used to manage samples through the laboratory from login to testing and ultimately to...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'