IT’S all about pipettes this week. Well, not all about them, but these workhorses of the laboratory have been figuring strongly in my consciousness.
One reason is that one of the early supporters of LabHomepage, Porvair Sciences, is making a generous offer to our readers – full details below.
The other reason is that I’m still chuckling over the embarrassment shown on the Integra stand at this week’s Scientific Laboratory Show in Nottingham, when we asked them why so many of the pipettes on display looked like the devices made by the company’s competitors.
The reason, of course, was that they were the devices made by their competitiors. It seems that, in a spirit of friendly rivalry, some shenanigans had taken place between the set-up of the exhibition hall on Tuesday and the opening of the show on Wednesday morning.
You can see the whole thing played out on our video report, embedded in the story at the top of this week’s top ten. It’s all good harmless fun and shows why many people, myself included, much prefer to attend these smaller exhibitions than the monster shows found in Germany and the USA. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t like to see a successful larger show here in the UK, but experience of recent attempts to create one must make this an unlikely development – at least while the general economy remains so troubled.
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THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
18 MAY 2012
1. Who needs the giant lab exhibitions? (video)
WE’RE just back from our visit to the Scientific Laboratory Show, and found that this smaller event on the laboratory exhibition circuit is every bit as appealing as the giant trade fairs found…
2. Lab robots automate plant science at Danforth labs
A PRODUCTIVITY increase of 100 times, or 10,000 percent, is enough to make any laboratory manager sit up and pay attention. This is exactly what is being claimed for…
3. Exploring particle physics through the medium of interpretive dance
THIS is one of those stories that makes you check the date on the press release, just in case it’s a spoof. As unlikely as it seems, though, this one is real: CERN…
4. Save on reagents with these low dead-volume reservoirs
A NEW 10ml disposable multichannel reagent reservoir from Integra has a dead volume of just 650ul, which the company says translates into a significant saving in reagent…
5. July 2012 workshop on portable molecular spectroscopy
ANALYTIK has announced a workshop at its new UK premises, in partnership with Agilent Technologies, on portable and handheld molecular spectroscopy. The free-to-attend,…
6. XY stage for inverted microscopes gives better long-exposure stability
THE USE of integrated miniaturised ceramic linear drives makes the M-687 stage more compact and stable than traditional computer controllable microscope stages, says PI. The self-locking piezo…
7. Keeping cool in crystallisation studies
CRYSTALLISATION studies and screening of polymorphs needs stable sub-ambient temperatures, traditionally provided by ice baths and jacketed reaction vessels. This approach can be…
8. Biobanking is now realistic even in smaller laboratories
AUTOMATED sample management has often been thought of as the preserve of the larger better-equipped laboratory, but TTP Labtech says this is no longer the case. Its new,…
9. Reagents promise more detection stability in LC/MS
THREE new liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) grade reagents from Thermo Fisher are said to exhibit the lowest ionic metal content, in order to minimise background…
10. Quantitative detection of carbonyl sulphide in the field
A NEW ultra-sensitive gas analyser which measures ambient air for carbonyl sulphide (OCS or COS), with simultaneous measurement of carbon monoxide (CO), carbon…