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Scientists discover how insect-borne viruses ‘suppress’ the immune system to cause disease

Arboviruses – viruses transmitted by insects such as mosquitoes – pose a considerable threat to both human and animal health. Despite that, not enough is known about the complex interactions between the virus and the host, particularly in the early stages of infection. Now, research led by ... more

Quick test to detect inflammation in diabetic patients developed

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a new kit that will allow doctors to find out within minutes if diabetic patients are suffering from inflammation. Current procedures require patients to wait for several hours for the results obtaine ... more

New insights into latent HIV infections

In spite of ever more effective therapies, HIV keeps managing to survive in the body. A comprehensive project conducted by the Austrian Science Fund FWF has clarified the molecular processes which contribute to this effect. In the process, approaches were discovered for possible therapies t ... more

Controlling cell-fate decisions

Rafal Ciosk and his group at the FMI have identified an important link between the Notch signaling pathway and PRC2-mediated gene silencing. They showed that a fine balance between epigenetic silencing and signaling is crucial for cell-fate decisions. While this study has important implicat ... more

Fatal tombstones, goat men and "mirror scratching"

Ig Noble Prizes awarded

The laureates are once again awarded for their on the first, and often also on further, glance(s) nonsense studies in several areas of research. This is a short overview. Reproduction Prize (Egypt): The late Ahmed Shafik, for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trou ... more

When the brain is high and dry

Previously, the cause of the illness was often unknown. Neurosurgeons in Bern have now simultaneously found the cause of spontaneous intracranial hypotension and the solution. Fluid protects our brains and spinal cords. If it is lost and can no longer be reproduced, the brain is literally h ... more

The architecture of odor perception

Olfactory glomeruli have a unique structure

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, have now quantified and mapped the functional units of the olfactory center in the brains of vinegar flies responsible for the perception of odors. They found out that the so-called olfactory glomeruli in the ante ... more

Cellular Mechanism Provides Explanation Model for Declining Memory Performance in Alzheimer's Disease

Loss of neuronal contacts impairs nerve cells that control activity of the hippocampus

Alzheimer’s disease triggers memory and learning disorders. To date, the causes are poorly understood. Now, researchers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) are shedding light on a possible mechanism: As Martin Fuhrmann and co-workers describe in the journal “Neuron,” ... more

Single crystal measures radioactivity

Affordable detectors for gamma radiation

A research team at Empa and ETH Zurich has developed single crystals made of lead halide perovskites, which are able to gage radioactive radiation with high precision. Initial experiments have shown that these crystals, which can be manufactured from aqueous solutions or low-priced solvents ... more

Thermo Fisher Scientific completes acquisition of FEI Company

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of FEI Company, Inc. a manufacturer of high-performance electron microscopy, for $107.50 per share in cash, or a total purchase price of approximately $4.2 billion. The completion of the transaction follows the re ... more

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Single crystal measures radioactivity

Affordable detectors for gamma radiation

A research team at Empa and ETH Zurich has developed single crystals made of lead halide perovskites, which are able to gage radioactive radiation with high precision. Initial experiments have shown that these crystals, which can be manufactured from aqueous solutions or low-priced solvents ... more

Thermo Fisher Scientific completes acquisition of FEI Company

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of FEI Company, Inc. a manufacturer of high-performance electron microscopy, for $107.50 per share in cash, or a total purchase price of approximately $4.2 billion. The completion of the transaction follows the re ... more

Ulrich Krauss to succeed Analytik Jena founder Klaus Berka as CEO

A change at the top for Analytik Jena AG. The Board member responsible for Sales and Marketing, Ulrich Krauss, will become the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer as of October 1, 2016. Klaus Berka, who founded Analytik Jena with two partners in April 1990 and has led the Company ever sin ... more

Thermo Fisher Scientific Opens New Global Headquarters

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. officially opened its new global headquarters at 168 Third Avenue in Waltham, Mass. The company designed and constructed the new 286,000-square-foot facility in accordance with green building rating systems, making it eligible for LEED (Leadership in Energy & E ... more

TA Instruments broadens its TGA portfolio with the acquisition of Rubotherm

TA Instruments announced the acquisition of Rubotherm GmbH of Bochum, Germany. Rubotherm develops and manufactures analytical test instruments for thermogravimetric and sorption measurements that are used in both industrial and academic research laboratories in disciplines that include chem ... more

Electron beam microscope directly writes nanoscale features in liquid with metal ink

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are the first to harness a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) to directly write tiny patterns in metallic "ink," forming features in liquid that are finer than half the width of a human hair. The automated ... more

Researchers successfully test device that analyzes components within a vacuum

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have successfully tested a new device that will lead to a better understanding of the interactions between ultrahot plasma contained within fusion facilities and the materials inside those facilit ... more

A more accurate sensor for lead paint

A new molecular gel recipe developed at the University of Michigan is at the core of a prototype for a more accurate lead paint test. The test makes it easy to see whether a paint chip contains more than the regulated 5,000 parts per million of the poisonous metal that was banned from pigme ... more

Measuring forces in the DNA molecule

First direct measurements of base-pair bonding strength

DNA, our genetic material, normally has the structure of a twisted rope ladder. Experts call this structure a double helix. Among other things, it is stabilized by stacking forces between base pairs. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have succeeded at measuring these fo ... more

Seeing energized light-active molecules proves quick work for Argonne scientists

For people who enjoy amusement parks, one of the most thrilling sensations comes at the top of a roller coaster, in the split second between the end of the climb and the rush of the descent. Trying to take a picture at exactly the moment that the roller coaster reaches its zenith can be dif ... more

All news on analytics

Fatal tombstones, goat men and "mirror scratching"

Ig Noble Prizes awarded

The laureates are once again awarded for their on the first, and often also on further, glance(s) nonsense studies in several areas of research. This is a short overview. Reproduction Prize (Egypt): The late Ahmed Shafik, for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trou ... more

Single crystal measures radioactivity

Affordable detectors for gamma radiation

A research team at Empa and ETH Zurich has developed single crystals made of lead halide perovskites, which are able to gage radioactive radiation with high precision. Initial experiments have shown that these crystals, which can be manufactured from aqueous solutions or low-priced solvents ... more

Thermo Fisher Scientific completes acquisition of FEI Company

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of FEI Company, Inc. a manufacturer of high-performance electron microscopy, for $107.50 per share in cash, or a total purchase price of approximately $4.2 billion. The completion of the transaction follows the re ... more

With great power comes great laser science

Scientists found a way to compress ultrashort laser pulses, increasing its peak power to half a terawatt

It is a very unusual kind of laser: researchers at the photonics institute at TU Wien (Vienna) have built a device which emits ultrashort flashes of infrared light with extremely high energy. “It is very hard to combine these three properties – long infrared wavelength, short duration and h ... more

Thermo Fisher Scientific Opens New Global Headquarters

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. officially opened its new global headquarters at 168 Third Avenue in Waltham, Mass. The company designed and constructed the new 286,000-square-foot facility in accordance with green building rating systems, making it eligible for LEED (Leadership in Energy & E ... more

TA Instruments broadens its TGA portfolio with the acquisition of Rubotherm

TA Instruments announced the acquisition of Rubotherm GmbH of Bochum, Germany. Rubotherm develops and manufactures analytical test instruments for thermogravimetric and sorption measurements that are used in both industrial and academic research laboratories in disciplines that include chem ... more

Electron beam microscope directly writes nanoscale features in liquid with metal ink

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are the first to harness a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) to directly write tiny patterns in metallic "ink," forming features in liquid that are finer than half the width of a human hair. The automated ... more

Researchers successfully test device that analyzes components within a vacuum

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have successfully tested a new device that will lead to a better understanding of the interactions between ultrahot plasma contained within fusion facilities and the materials inside those facilit ... more

A more accurate sensor for lead paint

A new molecular gel recipe developed at the University of Michigan is at the core of a prototype for a more accurate lead paint test. The test makes it easy to see whether a paint chip contains more than the regulated 5,000 parts per million of the poisonous metal that was banned from pigme ... more

Seeing energized light-active molecules proves quick work for Argonne scientists

For people who enjoy amusement parks, one of the most thrilling sensations comes at the top of a roller coaster, in the split second between the end of the climb and the rush of the descent. Trying to take a picture at exactly the moment that the roller coaster reaches its zenith can be dif ... more

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Smaller is better for nanotube analysis

In a great example of "less is more," Rice University scientists have developed a powerful method to analyze carbon nanotubes in solution. The researchers' variance spectroscopy technique zooms in on small regions in dilute nanotube solutions to take quick spectral snapshots. By analyzing t ... more

Plastics analysis at analytica 2014: Optimum quality assurance thanks to the latest developments

Modern and functional materials play an increasingly important role in our everyday lives – from medical instruments and consumer goods to industrial high-tech products in the electronics and automotive industries. Complex materials testing and quality control call for increasingly sophisti ... more

analytica 2014 to focus on food and plastics analysis, genetic analysis and bioanalysis

A first-rate and exciting program of events awaits visitors at the 24th analytica in Munich. From April 1 – 4, the International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis and Biotechnology will once again be a center for key players in science and industry. More than 1,100 exhibitors w ... more

Anton Paar starts 2013 with 3 new subsidiaries

Anton Paar is proud to announce the opening of three new subsidiaries on January 1, 2013. New offices will begin work in Poland, South Africa and Brazil. Brazil: The headquarters ofAnton Paar Brasil Ltda. will be located in Sao Paulo. Sales and service will be coordinated here for all produ ... more

New Technology: Sewage Waste to Become Plastic

A pioneering innovation will enable turning municipal sewage sludge into raw materials

A pioneering, ground breaking innovation will enable turning municipal sewage sludge into raw materials, to be used by paper and plastic industries around the world.The technology developed by Applied Cleantech will enable turning the solids in municipal sewage systems into raw materials fo ... more

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Thermo Fisher Scientific completes acquisition of FEI Company

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of FEI Company, Inc. a manufacturer of high-performance electron microscopy, for $107.50 per share in cash, or a total purchase price of approximately $4.2 billion. The completion of the transaction follows the re ... more

Ulrich Krauss to succeed Analytik Jena founder Klaus Berka as CEO

A change at the top for Analytik Jena AG. The Board member responsible for Sales and Marketing, Ulrich Krauss, will become the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer as of October 1, 2016. Klaus Berka, who founded Analytik Jena with two partners in April 1990 and has led the Company ever sin ... more

A more accurate sensor for lead paint

A new molecular gel recipe developed at the University of Michigan is at the core of a prototype for a more accurate lead paint test. The test makes it easy to see whether a paint chip contains more than the regulated 5,000 parts per million of the poisonous metal that was banned from pigme ... more

Gardner Denver Medical acquires ILS and Zinsser Analytic

Gardner Denver's Medical Group, a manufacturer of flow control solutions primarily for medical and laboratory sectors, announced the acquisition of Innovative Labor Systeme GmbH and Zinsser Analytic GmbH. “The talented team, technologies and know-how of ILS and ZA are highly complementary t ... more

Altmann Analytik takes over chromatography supply of SMI Labhut

British family-run company ends operations on 31/08/2016

Altmann Analytik GmbH & Co. KG, an internationally active dealer of chromatography supply, has been appointed to take over the chromatography portfolio of SMI Labhut Ltd on 1st of September 2016. The management of the British dealer retires and therefore closes the family-run company after ... more

A new way to display the 3-D structure of molecules

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley have created a sort of nanoscale display case that enables new atomic-scale views of hard-to-study chemical and biological samples. Their work could help to reveal new structural d ... more

Beating the heat a challenge at the nanoscale

Rice University scientists who analyze the properties of materials as small as a single molecule have encountered a challenge that appears at very low temperatures. In trying to measure the plasmonic properties of gold nanowires, the Rice lab of condensed matter physicist Douglas Natelson d ... more

Company take-over of Slamed ING GmbH by Ratiolab GmbH

Company Ratiolab GmbH has taken over Slamed ING GmbH with effect on 05th July 2016. Ratiolab GmbH will continue the existing business activities without any change. In 1987 Slamed ING GmbH was founded in the city of Frankfurt, Germany by Mr. Eugen Gieldzik. After more than 30 years business ... more

Ultrathin, flat lens resolves chirality and color

Multifunctional lens could replace bulky, expensive machines

Many things in the natural world are geometrically chiral, meaning they cannot be superimposed onto their mirror image. Think hands -- right and left hands are mirror images but if you transplanted a right hand onto a left, you'd be in trouble. Certain molecules are chiral, including DNA an ... more

Laboratory breakthrough may lead to improved X-ray spectrometers

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute's Swiss Light Source in Villigen, Switzerland, have developed a new design for X-ray spectrometers that eschews a commonly utilized component to lowers overall production costs and increase the efficiency of x-ray flux, which may lead to faster acq ... more

All news on lab technology

A protein showcases modern measuring and control technology

A dual sensing protein establishes robust control of calcium household in bacteria

Modern heating systems use an indoor and an outdoor sensor in order to efficiently achieve homely temperatures. Now a team of scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) discovered exactly such a dual sensor strategy realized ... more

SensoTech establishes Chinese subsidiary in Shanghai

Strengthening the presence in China

Under the name SensoTech (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. the German industrial company SensoTech announces the opening of the Chinese subsidiary in Shanghai. SensoTech’s business focuses on the development, manufacturing and sales of analytical instrumentation technology for liquid concentration and d ... more

Process analysis in real time

With a real-time mass spectrometer developed by Fraunhofer researchers, it has become possible for the first time to analyze up to 30 components simultaneously from the gas phase and a liquid, including in-situ analysis. This sensitive measurement system is also suitable for the automated m ... more

Markus Juchheim is now the sole Managing Director at JULABO GmbH

The company founder and shareholder Gerhard Juchheim has handed over the complete executive leadership responsibilities of JULABO GmbH to his son Markus after almost 50 years as its Managing Director. This is not a new responsibility for Markus Juchheim, who has led the company along with h ... more

LAUDA founds subsidiary in Italy

The constant temperature equipment specialist LAUDA is expanding its international reach with the creation of LAUDA Italia. The purpose of the 100% subsidiary of LAUDA Beteiligungs-GmbH is to manage the increased expansion of business in the important European market. "In this company decis ... more

ZEISS Executive Board enlarged

The start of calendar year 2014 will see some changes to the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG headed by President and CEO Dr. Michael Kaschke. The enlargement of the Executive Board and the reallocation of responsibilities are aimed at driving forward the consistent positioning of ZEISS as ... more

Anton Paar GmbH acquires CSM Instruments

The measuring instrument manufacturer expands its portfolio

On November 15, 2013, the purchase contract between Anton Paar GmbH and CSM Instruments SA was signed. CSM Instruments SA will continue under the name "CSM Instruments SA | A company of Anton Paar" at the present location in Peseux (Switzerland). The purchase of CSM Instruments represents a ... more

BioTek Certified in Accordance with EN ISO 13485

BioTek Germany, European Coordination Center, was recently awarded certification in accordance with EN ISO 13485:2003. This certification confirms that administration, sales and distribution, warehouse management, service/repair, and installation at the subsidiary all fulfill the quality ma ... more

Carl Zeiss Opens New Assembly and Demo Center in India

New assembly and demo center for Industrial metrology opened

Carl Zeiss opened a new assembly and demo center for Industrial Metrology in Ban- galore, India. "The opening of this new center enables us to manufacturer our coordinate measuring machines (CMM) directly on site for a market with major potential. We can react more quickly to the needs of o ... more

Sartorius closes 2010 with strong gains in sales revenue and earnings

Considerable growth and further gains in earnings expected for 2011

Sartorius successfully closed the year 2010. Sales revenue and earnings substantially surpassed the year-earlier figures. Financial guidance for the Group, which was raised during the course of 2010, was met and even exceeded for some targets. For the current fiscal year as well, manage ... more

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Subatomic microscopy key to building new classes of materials

Researchers at Penn State and the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are pushing the limits of electron microscopy into the tens of picometer scale, a fraction of the size of a hydrogen atom. The ability to see at this subatomic level is crucial for designing new mat ... more

Ultrasensitive sensor using N-doped graphene

A highly sensitive chemical sensor based on Raman spectroscopy and using nitrogen-doped graphene as a substrate was developed by an international team of researchers working at Penn State. In this case, doping refers to introducing nitrogen atoms into the carbon structure of graphene. This ... more

Fast, accurate, non-contact, non-destructive

Process monitoring with laser speckle photometry

Since the 1960s speckle patterns are used for the evaluation of quality-relevant material parameters and defects. The laser speckle photometry works without reference beam unlike other speckle-based processes. This allows for a simple and robust construction, which can be easily integrated ... more

Chemists add color to chemical reactions

Chemists have come up with an innovative new way to visualize and monitor chemical reactions.

Members of the Maye Research Group in the Department of Chemistry have designed a nanomaterial that changes color when it interacts with ions and other small molecules during a chemical reaction. Their discovery enables researchers to monitor reactions qualitatively with the naked eye and q ... more

High-energy X-rays give industry affordable way to optimize cast iron

Cast iron can be modified through the manufacturing process to optimize its mechanical and physical properties, such as strength and durability. But the manufacturing process is as much art as science, producing good results yet not capturing cast iron's full potential. Controversy still ex ... more

Laser process simulation available as app for first time

In laser material processing, the simulation of processes has made great strides over the past few years. Today, the software can predict relatively well what will happen on the workpiece. Unfortunately, it is also highly complex and requires a lot of computing time. Thanks to clever simpli ... more

Shallow fracking raises questions for water, new Stanford research shows

The United States now produces about as much crude oil as Saudi Arabia does, and enough natural gas to export in large quantities. That's thanks to hydraulic fracturing, a mining practice that involves a rock-cracking pressurized mix of water, sand and chemicals.Ongoing research by Stanford ... more

The knowledge network for laboratories and processes

www.q-more.com – the new dimension of knowledge

The new q&more "www.q-more.com" portal offers more than mere specialized information. Based on the international "q&more" scientific journal, the innovative platform provides knowledge in a lively and inspiring manner as well as creating fascinating communication experiences. Up-to-date kno ... more

Successful year for Sartorius

Consolidated sales revenue climbs 7.7% to 887.3 million euros

According to preliminary figures for 2013, the Sartorius Group grew dynamically again in 2013 and further increased its profitability. The company fully achieved its financial targets. For the current fiscal year, Sartorius expects positive business development as well. "Fiscal 2013 was a s ... more

Fighting cervical cancer

Eckert & Ziegler wins World Bank tender to provide equipment for cancer clinics in Bangladesh

Eckert & Ziegler Strahlen- und Medizintechnik has won a tender in Bangladesh through its subsidiary Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG to equip Bangladeshi cancer clinics with modern cancer irradiation equipment. The devices from the MultiSource® series worth €3.1 million will provide clinics with a fu ... more

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    Thermo Fisher Scientific completes acquisition of FEI Company

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of FEI Company, Inc. a manufacturer of high-performance electron microscopy, for $107.50 per share in cash, or a total purchase price of approximately $4.2 billion. The completion of the transaction follows the re ... more

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Opens New Global Headquarters

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. officially opened its new global headquarters at 168 Third Avenue in Waltham, Mass. The company designed and constructed the new 286,000-square-foot facility in accordance with green building rating systems, making it eligible for LEED (Leadership in Energy & E ... more

    REACH is the dominant driver for substitution - more action is needed

    The REACH Regulation and other EU policies coupled with market forces have created strong drivers to avoid the use of very hazardous substances in the EU. To accelerate identifying very hazardous substances and substituting them with safer alternatives, the report recommends improving the a ... more

  • Career

    Gender inequality in scientific professions

    Global survey results

    Recent global survey reveals that female scientists are more likely to be dissatisfied with salary/benefits, job availability, gender barriers, and how they feel valued as scientists than their male colleagues (within a 5% range). The Science Advisory Board’s “Global Science 2015” survey so ... more

    Merck Serono’s President has been appointed to Board of Directors of L’Oréal

    Merck Serono announced that Belén Garijo, President & Chief Executive Officer of Merck Serono, has been appointed asan independent Director of L’Oréal for a period of four years. The appointment of Belén Garijo as a new member of the Board of Directors ofL’Oréal was approved by shareholders ... more

    All the important trade fairs, congresses, seminars and webinars at a glance

    Now online: the most comprehensive calendar of events for the chemical, life science and analytics industries

    Trade fairs, congresses, conferences, seminars and webinars – companies and organisations in chemistry, life sciences and analytics host a wide spectrum of events. But where do you find training opportunities for your profession? Which conferences can keep you up-to-date with developments i ... more

  • Cooperation

    Merck and Biocartis to Collaborate

    Merck announced that it has signed a collaboration agreement with Biocartis for the development and commercialization of a new liquid biopsy RAS biomarker test for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). The test will be developed on Biocartis’ innovative, fully automated molecul ... more

    Cooperation between BlueSens and EXPUTEC

    BlueSens gas sensor GmbH and EXPUTEC GmbH cooperate in the future in the field of bioprocess analytics. From the beginning of 2016, the combined CO2/O2 gas analyzer BlueInOne by BlueSens is equipped with the EXPUTEC´s soft sensor for biomass. "As a result of this cooperation BlueSens´ BlueV ... more

    Merck and Pfizer Collaborate with Dako

    Development of Companion Diagnostic for Investigational anti-PD-L1 Antibody, Avelumab

    As part of the global strategic alliance between Merck and Pfizer to jointly develop and commercialize avelumab, an investigational immune checkpoint inhibitor, the companies have announced that they have a collaboration agreement in place with Dako, an Agilent Technologies company, for the ... more

  • Finances

    Thermo Fisher Scientific completes acquisition of FEI Company

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of FEI Company, Inc. a manufacturer of high-performance electron microscopy, for $107.50 per share in cash, or a total purchase price of approximately $4.2 billion. The completion of the transaction follows the re ... more

    Brainshake closes €3.5M to advance regulatory approval of blood analysis service

    Finnish Brainshake has raised 3.5 million euros in Series A funding. The investment will be used to advance regulatory approval and internationalization of its blood analysis service. Brainshake’s blood analysis service provides more than 220 biomarkers from a single blood sample – 50 times ... more

    TA Instruments broadens its TGA portfolio with the acquisition of Rubotherm

    TA Instruments announced the acquisition of Rubotherm GmbH of Bochum, Germany. Rubotherm develops and manufactures analytical test instruments for thermogravimetric and sorption measurements that are used in both industrial and academic research laboratories in disciplines that include chem ... more

  • Laws

    REACH is the dominant driver for substitution - more action is needed

    The REACH Regulation and other EU policies coupled with market forces have created strong drivers to avoid the use of very hazardous substances in the EU. To accelerate identifying very hazardous substances and substituting them with safer alternatives, the report recommends improving the a ... more

    Measurement of the dynamic mechanical properties of viscous materials

    DIN standard for the determination of the tip radius and the probing force of stylus instruments developed

    In microsystems metallic components are increasingly being replaced by those from low-cost polymers. For the thickness measurement of polymers, there is now the DIN standard 32567 available, which describes both, optical and tactile surface measuring methods for the precise measurement of t ... more

    Scienion US Inc. receives ISO 13485 certification

    Scienion US, Inc. announced that its entire portfolio of microarray services is now manufactured under ISO 13485 certification, an internationally recognized standard for quality management systems (QMS). The certification is accredited by TÜV SÜD America Inc. ISO 13485:2003 specifies requi ... more

  • Manufacturing

    Cleanroom on demand

    “Clean Multipurpose Cover” is the world’s first flexible cleanroom system The smallest degree of contamination can lead to major quality issues across many industries. Should, for example, any impurities occur on microchips, space probes and lenses, this can lead to defects or faulty end d ... more

    Process analysis in real time

    With a real-time mass spectrometer developed by Fraunhofer researchers, it has become possible for the first time to analyze up to 30 components simultaneously from the gas phase and a liquid, including in-situ analysis. This sensitive measurement system is also suitable for the automated m ... more

    Quick clean-up: New process turns decades into hours for mining-water purification

    Cleaning up the water left over from mining operations can literally take generations - 25 to 50 years on average - leaving billions of gallons of the precious resource locked up and useless. Now, a University of Florida researcher has figured out how to trim that time dramatically - to jus ... more

  • Market

    Grifols opens diagnostic training center in Dubai

    Grifols celebrated the opening of its new training center in Dubai. Created to support the company's growing Diagnostic business, the center will offer single and multi-day training courses for laboratory technicians, engineers, and specialists working with the company's broad portfolio of ... more

    Eurofins acquisition of Agro-Analyses

    Reinforcement of food testing in France

    Eurofins Scientific announces the acquisition of Agro-Analyses SAS ("Agro-Analyses"), an analytical service provider supporting the food retail and catering sectors in France. Founded nearly 30 years ago, Agro-Analyses employs 157 staff at its site in Metz, in the northeast of France. The c ... more

    Waters Opens Subsidiaries in Malaysia

    Waters Corporation announced the opening of a new office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to more effectively supply all Waters products and services to customers directly. “Due to the dynamic development of the analytical instrument business in Malaysia, Waters is delighted to extend our support ... more

  • People

    Fatal tombstones, goat men and "mirror scratching"

    Ig Noble Prizes awarded

    The laureates are once again awarded for their on the first, and often also on further, glance(s) nonsense studies in several areas of research. This is a short overview. Reproduction Prize (Egypt): The late Ahmed Shafik, for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trou ... more

    Ulrich Krauss to succeed Analytik Jena founder Klaus Berka as CEO

    A change at the top for Analytik Jena AG. The Board member responsible for Sales and Marketing, Ulrich Krauss, will become the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer as of October 1, 2016. Klaus Berka, who founded Analytik Jena with two partners in April 1990 and has led the Company ever sin ... more

    Merck announces 2016 recipients of € 1 Million grant for Multiple Sclerosis Innovation

    Four research grants awarded out of 260 proposals from 45 countries

    Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced recipients of the fourth annual Grant for Multiple Sclerosis Innovation (GMSI) during a symposium at the 32nd Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) in London. This year, ... more

  • Politics

    REACH is the dominant driver for substitution - more action is needed

    The REACH Regulation and other EU policies coupled with market forces have created strong drivers to avoid the use of very hazardous substances in the EU. To accelerate identifying very hazardous substances and substituting them with safer alternatives, the report recommends improving the a ... more

    The REACH regulation as an effective way of regulating nanomaterials

    A new concept is to ensure safety in the supply chain and life cycle of nanomaterials

    There is currently a need for better  identification and assessment of potential hazards arising from nanomaterials for humans and their environment in the future. With this aim, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) ... more

    Photonics industry commits to more than 5 billion Euros investment in Europe

    Photonics21 has announced its commitment to a proposed Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the European Commission in research and innovation in photonics. The proposal represents a total investment of 7 Billion Euros of which 5.6 Billion will be provided by the private sector and 1.4 Bil ... more

  • Products

    Zika virus test receives FDA emergency use authorization

    Test provides same day results and the option to test urine alongside blood

    Viracor-IBT Laboratories Inc. (Viracor-IBT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA), announced that it received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Zika Virus Real-time RT-PCR assay. Viracor-IBT will perform this ass ... more

    Agilent Technologies launches new platform for analyzing cell-free DNA

    Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced OneSight, a new software platform designed to help researchers visualize and analyze chromosomal aneuploidies in cell-free DNA sequencing data. Agilent unveiled its new bioinformatics product at the annual meeting of the American College of Medical Genet ... more

    Natural air standards support accurate greenhouse gas measurements

    When it comes to tallying emissions of greenhouse gases, there is no better substitute than directly measuring the atmosphere. But this important accounting can be obscured, and even confused, if measurements of the air-borne heat-trapping chemicals are inaccurate or can't be compared from ... more

  • Research

    Scientists discover how insect-borne viruses ‘suppress’ the immune system to cause disease

    Arboviruses – viruses transmitted by insects such as mosquitoes – pose a considerable threat to both human and animal health. Despite that, not enough is known about the complex interactions between the virus and the host, particularly in the early stages of infection. Now, research led by ... more

    Quick test to detect inflammation in diabetic patients developed

    Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a new kit that will allow doctors to find out within minutes if diabetic patients are suffering from inflammation. Current procedures require patients to wait for several hours for the results obtaine ... more

    New insights into latent HIV infections

    In spite of ever more effective therapies, HIV keeps managing to survive in the body. A comprehensive project conducted by the Austrian Science Fund FWF has clarified the molecular processes which contribute to this effect. In the process, approaches were discovered for possible therapies t ... more

  • Technology

    Quick test to detect inflammation in diabetic patients developed

    Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a new kit that will allow doctors to find out within minutes if diabetic patients are suffering from inflammation. Current procedures require patients to wait for several hours for the results obtaine ... more

    Controlling cell-fate decisions

    Rafal Ciosk and his group at the FMI have identified an important link between the Notch signaling pathway and PRC2-mediated gene silencing. They showed that a fine balance between epigenetic silencing and signaling is crucial for cell-fate decisions. While this study has important implicat ... more

    Single crystal measures radioactivity

    Affordable detectors for gamma radiation

    A research team at Empa and ETH Zurich has developed single crystals made of lead halide perovskites, which are able to gage radioactive radiation with high precision. Initial experiments have shown that these crystals, which can be manufactured from aqueous solutions or low-priced solvents ... more

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