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Semi-retired industrial physicist with more than 40 years of experience in Thermal Infrared Temperature and other measurement technologies, measurement quality assurance, calibration & standards and has been a niche website developer and publisher since 1997.

Reggie Ashworth releases AppDelete 3.2 – Uninstall Anything

stacks_image_91_1Anaheim CA, USA – Independent software developer Reggie Ashworth today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of AppDelete 3.2, a major update to his very popular application deletion utility for Mac OS X.

With a simple Drag & Drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.

You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: Applications, Widgets, Preference Panes, Plugins, Screensavers, etc.

You can also activate AppDelete in many ways: dragging items onto main window, onto dock icon, selecting in menu, right-clicking using AppDelete workflow, dragging from Launchpad, and throwing items in the trash. When the preview screen appears you can uncheck any items you would like to exclude. Continue reading

Video Demonstrates How Easy DLS Has Become…

High Wycombe, UK — A new video from Avid Nano demonstrates how easy making precise DLS measurements has become using their W130i dynamic light scattering (DLS) system with patent pending 5 µl BladeCell™ disposable cuvettes.

The video demonstrates the simple 4 step protocol (Load…Measure…Recover…Dispose) that has made low volume batch DLS measurements faster, easier and more convenient than ever before.

Engineered to meet the demands of today’s research laboratories, the Avid Nano W130i dynamic light scattering system delivers outstanding performance from only 5µl of sample in seconds. The W130i combines ultimate measurement performance with an economical benchtop footprint, rugged durability and supreme user convenience. Continue reading

Fluidigm launch Customer Web Videos

biomark_videoVillebon sur Yvette, France & South San Francisco CA, USA — Fluidigm has added a new genre – customer web videos to the wide array of topical information (publications, application notes, posters, newsletters, press releases) available from its website.

Eve Marquis, Marketing Manager of Fluidigm Europe commented, “Online video creates a more personal interaction between Fluidigm and our target audience in Single Cell, Gene Expression, SNP Genotyping, Next Generation Sequencing and Copy Number Variation markets.

“The use of both visual effects and commentary from existing customers is a great way of effectively communicating the value of implementing Fluidigm technological solutions in your lab. In today’s fast paced world, it is much more efficient for someone to click on a video link than it is for them to read a page of text. People want fast and easy information, and web video allows them to have that.”

The first customer web video from Dr Paul Robson from the Genome Insitute of Singapore reports on how he and fellow scientists have generated significant single cell expression data crucial for a detailed molecular understanding of mammalian development from fertilization to embryo implantation, a process known as the preimplantation period.

The knowledge gained has a direct impact on clinical applications in the areas of regenerative medicine and assisted reproduction.

A further customer web video from Professor Mylene Yao of Stanford University reports upon her group’s pioneering work using Fluidigm IFC technology to undertake single embryo gene expression has allowed them to gain a better understanding of early embryo development.

Fluidigm (NASDAQ:FLDM) develops, manufactures and markets microfluidic systems for growth markets in the life science and agricultural biotechnology, or Ag-Bio, industries. Fluidigm’s proprietary microfluidic systems consist of instruments and consumables, including chips and reagents. These systems are designed to significantly simplify experimental workflow, increase throughput and reduce costs, while providing the excellent data quality demanded by customers. Fluidigm actively markets three microfluidic systems including eight different commercial chips to leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academic institutions and Ag-Bio companies.

For more information, please visit www.fluidigm.com and www.fluidigm.com/biomark-videos.html.

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Hannover Fair 2012 Thermography Conference – CFP

Abstracts Due by 1 November 2011

flirlogoCroissy-Beaubourg, FRANCE — The Infrared Training Centre (ITC) in conjunction with FLIR Systems has announced a unique possibility for thermographers from around the world to submit a contribution for their next InfraR&D conference.

After the great success of the InfraR&D thermography conference over the last few years, ITC / FLIR is pleased to announce the next edition of its popular international event for thermographers working in Research & Development, Industry and Automation will be on April 25th and 26th 2012 at the Hannover Fair.

InfraR&D is a true user conference built upon the commitment of the presenters and the interest of the delegates.

This is a unique possibility for participants to submit their own contribution to the conference which focuses upon thermal imaging physics and covers applications in a wide variety of fields from veterinary surveys, optical gas imaging to advanced NDT solutions and all areas in between.

Participants to this English language conference are invited to submit a contribution of a long paper (duration c. 40 minutes), short paper (duration c. 20 minutes), poster, demonstration or a background paper which highlights trends and technologies with future importance for the field of thermography and IR measurements. Continue reading

APP NOTE: Automated Production of High Quality Blood Agar

mediajetZizers, Switzerland & Hudson NH, USA —  INTEGRA has released a new application note that demonstrates how combining its MEDIAJET Petri dish filler with the DOSE IT peristaltic pump provides an optimised automated solution for the production of high quality blood agar.

The quality of blood agar plates is of prime importance for the reliable determination of haemolysis type – a common technique in medical diagnostics to classify Gram positive cocci. High quality agar plates have a typical light red colour – a characteristic feature of intact erythrocytes.

Agar plates with lysed red blood cells appear brown coloured, a feature that complicates the reading of haemolysis pattern. To avoid spontaneous lysis of erythrocytes, it is important to keep the temperature of the agar as low as possible.

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Microplate Sealing Reference Guide

PlateLoc Thermal Microplate SealerLitlington, UK & Santa Clara CA, USA — Available from Agilent Automation Solutions – the ‘Reference guide to optimal microplate sealing’ was written for laboratories looking to optimise microplate sealing processes to safeguard the integrity of their samples.

Achieving an optimal microplate seal depends on many factors including microplate design, construction material, batch-to-batch plate production consistency, microplate features, sealing parameters and the type of seal used.

The informative 16-page guide includes a microplate sealing tips section, information on how to optimise sealing parameters when thermal sealing, a comprehensive FAQ section and an electronic PDF form designed to facilitate the capture of key information helpful when requesting technical/applications support. Continue reading

BladeCell Disposable Cuvette Improves DLS Productivity…

BladeCell Disposable CuvetteHigh Wycombe, UK — Avid Nano have written a new report that demonstrates how their unique BladeCell™ disposable cuvette improves Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) sample preparation time by a factor of 8 compared to using traditional quartz cuvettes.

The patent-pending 5 µl BladeCell™ cuvette combines the ultimate convenience of a disposable sample holder with the measurement quality of a quartz cuvette. Precision moulded in black polycarbonate the BladeCell requires no sample preparation beyond centrifuging to reduce the possibility of dust contamination that can affect DLS measurements.

To fill: 5 µl of sample is simply pipetted against the walls of the BladeCell™ liquid trap where it is retained by surface tension. The prepared cuvette is placed into the temperature controlled sample holder of the Avid Nano W130i, where it can be analysed by DLS in seconds.

After analysis the sample is recovered by simply dipping a pipette tip into the liquid trap and removing the contents. As a low cost cuvette the BladeCell™may now be disposed of eliminating the cleaning steps required when using more costly quartz cuvettes. Continue reading

CFP: Nano Meets Spectroscopy (NMS 2011)

15 & 16 September 2011 | NPL | Teddington, UK

Abstract deadline: 30 June 2011
npl-bannerTeddington, UK — Nano Meets Spectroscopy (NMS) is a multidisciplinary event centred on the biosciences that will bring together leading experts and topics in fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy with common aims in the science and technology of molecular measurements.

The meeting includes invited and contributed talks, posters and an instrument exhibition.

Topics include:

  • Surface plasmons
  • Single molecules
  • Nanoparticles
  • Imaging
  • Biomolecules
  • Nanomedicine

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ISA Collaboration with LA's Harbor College Brings Tech Training to Students

ISALogoHeaderResearch Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA  – The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced  that it signed an agreement to partner with Los Angeles Harbor College, located in Wilmington, California, USA. The agreement provides ISA the opportunity to offer technical training to students at Los Angeles Harbor College starting later this year through 30 June 2014.

The agreement will enable ISA to bring quality course content and instruction to Los Angeles Harbor College. The college will provide students with flexible course offerings and hands-on learning opportunities that will prepare them for careers in automation and control.

Local automation professionals looking to enhance and grow their existing knowledge will also benefit from being able to enroll in these ISA course offerings at the college.

The following ISA technical training courses will be offered at Los Angeles Harbor College: Continue reading

Productive Handheld Liquid Handling Tools at ELA

30 June – 1 July 2011, Hamburg, Germany

elalogoZizers, Switzerland —  INTEGRA has announced that it will display its range of productive, handheld liquid handling tools at the inaugural European Lab Automation congress to be held in Hamburg (June 30th – July 1st 2011).

The new generation of INTEGRA liquid handling tools uniquely bridge the gap between the power and productivity of automated liquid handlers and the simplicity and ease of use of manual systems.

Visitors to Booth 113 will be able to see the VIAFLO 96 – a 96-channel handheld electronic pipette that enables fast, precise and easy simultaneous transfer of 96 samples. The VIAFLO 96 has been designed to be used just like a standard handheld pipette. Continue reading

NEW Low-Cost Assays & Target-Specific Primers

Company to Disclose Assay Sequences to Accelerate Customer Research

Villebon sur Yvette, France & South San Francisco CA, USA —  Fluidigm Corporation has announced the availability of new assays and primers optimized for the company’s integrated fluidic circuit technology.

Fluidigm Assays and Target-specific Primers provide customers with significantly lower costs than today’s standard solutions, at volumes appropriate for microfluidics, and flexible chemistries so that customers can easily create highly multiplexed panels using off-the-shelf and custom content focused on their particular research area.

As part of the program, Fluidigm  provides the assay primer locus sequences with every order. Continue reading