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Pipetting in the “laboratory of tomorrow”

Liquid Handling – Interview

Pipetting in the “laboratory of tomorrow”

Will manual pipettes still be around in 50 years’ time? What challenges lie ahead? What opportunities? Two Eppendorf experts share their views with LP. The conversation was conducted by Dr. Ilka Ottleben. read...

How Lethal Bacteria Spread Resistance to Antibiotics

Spain: Bacteriology

How Lethal Bacteria Spread Resistance to Antibiotics

Scientists at IRB Barcelona have identified a key component of the machinery that allows Staphylococcus aureus to transfer genes that confer antibiotic resistance. Infection by antibiotic-resistant S. aureus is a serious threat in hospitals worldwide. read...

How Bacteria Maintain Their Shape

USA: Bacteriology

How Bacteria Maintain Their Shape

A team of researchers led by the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Seas) has found that Escherichia coli (E. coli) may use mechanical cues to keep their shape. “This research may reveal some basic principles of bacteria growth,” said Felix Wong, a graduate student at Seas and co-first author of the paper. read...

Graphene-Based Electronic Devices Enable Fast Operational Speeds

Finland: Metal Semiconductors

Graphene-Based Electronic Devices Enable Fast Operational Speeds

Scientist at the Aalto University and their colleagues at Utrecht University and TU Delft in the Netherlands discovered that essential electronic components, such as diodes and tunnel barriers, can be incorporated in single graphene wires (nanoribbons) with atomic precision. read...

The Long Way from Motorization to True Automation

Microscopy & Automation

The Long Way from Motorization to True Automation

Rapid developments at all levels of microscopy, such as contrast, illumination, resolution, signal detection and data processing have occurred over the last decades and there is reason to expect that these advances will continue. However, severe limitations in accuracy, reproducibility and throughput are caused by the involvement of humans in all steps of the imaging workflow. It also poses a significant burden and workload for the researcher. To improve this situation is the biggest challenge in automation. read...

Optical Gas Sensors Ensure Air Quality in Space Station

Norway: Air Quality Control

Optical Gas Sensors Ensure Air Quality in Space Station

A Norwegian-German collaboration has developed a new, rapid monitoring system for checking indoor air quality in the space station, 400 km above the Earth. read...

Enzymes Could Make Carbohydrate Synthesis More Cost-Effective

Spain: Organic Chemistry

Enzymes Could Make Carbohydrate Synthesis More Cost-Effective

A team of the Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry and the Institute of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry of the UB (IQTCUB), together with a research group of biological chemistry of the University of Oxford, have synthetized carbohydrates with enzymes. read...

Converting Waste into Fuel

Germany: Renewable Energy

Converting Waste into Fuel

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich have developed a method that could make the production of fuel from waste economically viable. read...

Adaptations for Flight May Have Driven Egg-Shape Variety

USA: Zoology

Adaptations for Flight May Have Driven Egg-Shape Variety

A team of scientists at the Harvard and Princeton Universities addressed the question of how the diversity in egg shapes evolved. read...