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Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

August 21, 2014 3:25 pm | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity. The World Health Organization officials said the combination strategy already is starting to be used in mass vaccination campaigns in some hard-hit areas.

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Life Preserver for Fiber Lasers

August 21, 2014 3:19 pm | Award Winners

Isolators are used to block back-reflected light in a fiber laser. Conventional free-space fiber pigtailed isolators can only handle less than 1 W of back-reflected light, which accounts for the main cause of failure for most fiber laser systems. Estimates are that more than 60,000 fiber lasers are at risk of this type of failure, costing operators $75 million a year. With its All-Fiber Isolator, AdValue Photonics Inc. can now provide fiber laser system operators with the ability to handle more than 200 W of back-reflected light.

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LEDs Challenge Xenon Lamps

August 21, 2014 3:04 pm | Award Winners

Physicians and scientists have two major options when it comes to solid-state lighting for applications in fiber optics: conventional lamps, using xenon gas, or LEDs. The lamps, which may be used for tasks ranging from endoscopy in medical settings or borescopy for jet engine inspection, must supply a high level of consistent, high-quality light. Until recently, LEDs couldn’t generate enough high-quality lumens to compete with xenon lamps. But OSRAM GmbH and Osram Sylvania have jointly developed a new white-light LED module based on laser technology.

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A Micro Step Forward

August 21, 2014 1:26 pm | Award Winners

Micro GC technology is a proven technology for gas analysis in laboratory, pilot plant and field applications. The principle benefit of Micro GC over a traditional benchtop gas chromatography (GC) is speed of analysis. INFICON’s temperature-programmable Micro GC Fusion has further improved the Micro GC speed advantage, cutting the average analysis time over an isothermal Micro GC in half.

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Synching Water Quality Results

August 21, 2014 1:08 pm | Award Winners

With the capacity to test over 30 of the most critical water-quality parameters across multiple industries through a four-step process, Industrial Test SystemseXact iDip is the first water testing photometer that provides seamless data transmission and live syncing of test results using Bluetooth at an affordable price.

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An Analytical Balancing Act

August 21, 2014 12:59 pm | Award Winners

Mettler Toledo’s XPE205 analytical balance provides unique performance in analytical weighing and support for the highest requirements for safety, efficiency and ease of compliance. These balances feature two quality management features, the StatusLight and StaticDetect, which take the worry out of weighing and provide users with a high level of trust in their results.

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microTLC Fills Gaps in Detection

August 21, 2014 11:57 am | Award Winners

Filling major gaps in field testing for explosives and narcotics, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s microTLC is a miniaturized, field-portable thin layer chromatography (TLC) kit used to detect and identify unknowns. Originally developed to identify military explosives, the device has been modified to also identify and determine the purity of illicit drugs, pesticides and other compounds.

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Getting to the Depth of Cell Culture

August 21, 2014 11:37 am | Award Winners

EMD Millipore’s Clarisolve depth filters are specifically tuned to the particle size distribution of various pretreatment methodologies enabling a fast and efficient way to clarify high-density streams and easily transfer processes from upstream to downstream without the use of centrifugation.

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A Solid Chromatography Column Solution

August 21, 2014 11:19 am | Award Winners

Waters Corp. has designed CORTECS 1.6 µm Columns to pair seamlessly with UPLC system technology to deliver the highest performance yet for reversed-phase and HILIC separations. CORTECS features a new, patent-pending charged surface modification that improves the peak shape and loading capacity of basic analytes when run in low-ionic strength acidic mobile phases, such as 0.1% formic acid.

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Faster Peptide Synthesis

August 21, 2014 11:07 am | CEM Corporation | Award Winners

Peptide and protein therapeutics are important drug candidates due to their ubiquitous nature as biological molecules, as well as their ability to control all aspects of cellular function along with many facets of intercellular communication. CEM Corp.’s Liberty Blue automated microwave peptide synthesizer will streamline the peptide synthesis process for pharmaceutical, biotech and academic researchers, enabling them to produce peptides for drug discovery and studies in the field of life sciences in a manner that is more efficient, cost effective, faster and better for the environment.

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Researchers use 3-D printers to create custom medical implants

August 21, 2014 10:18 am | by Dave Guerin, Louisiana Tech Univ. | News | Comments

A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech Univ. has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3-D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery.

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Yale’s cool molecules are a hot item

August 21, 2014 10:03 am | by Jim Shelton, Yale Univ. | News | Comments

It’s official. Yale Univ. physicists have chilled the world’s coolest molecules. The tiny titans in question are bits of strontium monofluoride, dropped to 2.5 thousandths of a degree above absolute zero through a laser cooling and isolating process called magneto-optical trapping. They are the coldest molecules ever achieved through direct cooling, and they represent a physics milestone.

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Exploring 3-D printing to make organs for transplants

August 21, 2014 9:46 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Printing whole new organs for transplants sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the real-life budding technology could one day make actual kidneys, livers, hearts and other organs for patients who desperately need them. In Langmuir, scientists are reporting new understanding about the dynamics of 3-D bioprinting that takes them a step closer to realizing their goal of making working tissues and organs on-demand.

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Hydrophobic Interaction Column

August 21, 2014 9:37 am | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Many laboratories analyzing monoclonal antibodies (mAb) regularly encounter situations where they need alternative hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) selectivity. Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed new column chemistry that separates many more of these challenging mAbs, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) and proteins.

Liquid Chromatography Systems

August 21, 2014 9:32 am | Shimadzu Scientific Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments has introduced two new integrated liquid chromatography systems, Prominence-i and Nexera-i. The i-Series systems are integrated with LabSolutions software. The data acquired by the Prominence-i and Nexera-i via interactive communication mode is sent to a laboratory’s data center by the LabSolutions network and managed uniformly by a server.

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