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SLAS2014 registration is open!
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Act soon to guarantee your participation at the lowest possible registration rates. SLAS members registering on or before Oct. 31 will receive deeply discounted rates to attend SLAS2014, the Third Annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition, Jan. 18-22 in San Diego. Plus, academic/government and student participants are eligible for additional discounts. Check the SLAS2014 website for detailed registration information. More

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From Employees to Employers: Three SLAS Members Talk About Starting their Own Businesses
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If it was easy, everyone would do it. The odds for a start-up business's success are not particularly good. SLAS members Neil Benn, Burkhard Schaefer and Rob Nail made the leap from employees to employers, and they agree the challenges are many. "We shifted our focus from telling customers about how great our scanners and its features were to really talking with customers to understand their needs first," says Benn. "Once we could see what their challenges and opportunities were, it was easy to explain how we could help them — and showing them how we could make a difference to them made all the difference to us." Read their stories in the latest feature article in the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine. More

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SLAS awards SLAS FIRST Team Grant to the Lakers of Illinois
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Within days of announcing this new SLAS member benefit program, SLAS awarded its first $500 FIRST Team Grant to the Lakers of Des Plaines, IL. Led by SLAS member Jody Keck, scientist at Abbott Molecular, this rookie LEGO League Robotics FIRST team comprises children, ages 9-11, with a wide range of backgrounds. "As the coach, I ensure we have fun, succeed at the competition and try to expand the program. In addition to competing in the FIRST tournaments, I plan to have the team host a demonstration at my son's school in the hopes of generating more interest." The Lakers appreciate the SLAS grant, which will help offset the team's competition expenses. More

New JALA podcast features August cover author Mengqian Lu
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Lu discusses her cover manuscript, "Holographically Formed, Acoustically Switchable Gratings Based on Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystals," with JALA Podcast Editor David Pechter, MSME. The author explains how experiments with holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (H-PDLC) gratings driven by surface acoustic waves (SAWs) exhibit switchable properties: the diffraction of the H-PDLC grating decreases and the transmission increases. This is due to the acoustic streaming-induced realignment of liquid crystals as well as absorption-resulted thermal diffusion. Such SAW-driven H-PDLC gratings are potentially useful in many photonic applications. More

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JBS Online features new manuscripts ahead-of-print
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"Stratified High-Throughput Screening Sets Enable Flexible Screening Strategies from a Single Plated Collection," "The Identification of Naturally Occurring Neoruscogenin as a Bioavailable, Potent, and High-Affinity Agonist of the Nuclear Receptor RORα (NR1F1)," "Highly Multiplexed Phenotypic Imaging for Cell Proliferation Studies" and "A High-Throughput Screening Assay for Fungicidal Compounds against Cryptococcus neoformans" are among the new manuscripts available only to SLAS Biomolecular Sciences Section members and JBS subscribers ahead-of-print. More


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It's pretty simple really. SLAS2014 is the ONE place where scientists, researchers and technology professionals from across the globe gather for information and innovation with other members of the laboratory science and technology community. Our SLAS friend pictured here explains it best. More

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New RNA-based method for producing iPSCs
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Researchers at the University of San Diego School of Medicine reported that they have developed a simple, easily reproducible RNA-based method of generating human induced pluripotent stem cells. Writing in the Aug. 1 edition of Cell Stem Cell, the researchers described a method for producing these cells that they say dramatically improves upon existing DNA-based approaches to creating pluripotent stem cells for use in human stem cell studies, and eventually, cell therapies. More

Scientists add new bond to protein engineering toolbox
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Proteins are the workhorses of cells, adopting conformations that allow them to set off chemical reactions, send signals and transport materials. But when a scientist is designing a new drug, trying to visualize the processes inside cells, or probe how molecules interact with each other, they can't always find a protein that will do the job they want. Instead, they often engineer their own novel proteins to use in experiments, either from scratch or by altering existing molecules. More

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An infallible quantum measurement
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Entanglement is a key resource for upcoming quantum computers and simulators. Now, physicists in Innsbruck and Geneva realized a new, reliable method to verify entanglement in the laboratory using a minimal number of assumptions about the system and measuring devices. Hence, this method witnesses the presence of useful entanglement. More


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The molecule 'scanner:' Pitt invents the world's smallest terahertz detector
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Molecules could soon be "scanned" in a fashion similar to imaging screenings at airports, thanks to a detector developed by University of Pittsburgh physicists. The detector, featured in a recent issue of Nano Letters, may have the ability to chemically identify single molecules using terahertz radiation — a range of light far below what the eye can detect. More

AAU open letter to Congress: Restore research funding
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Reduced federal funding in research and higher education, stemming in part from the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester, has created an "innovation deficit," which undermines the economy of the United States, according to two leading associations of universities. To publicize their concern, the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities have published an open letter in Wednesday's print edition of Politico. More

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A new way to split water
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To meet future energy needs, scientists would like to find sustainable ways to generate hydrogen for use in fuel cells and to make liquid fuels. As an alternative to other H2 sources, such as processing of biomass and electrolysis of water, scientists are developing a thermal water-splitting method that would use heat from solar arrays and metal oxide catalysts. But the classic thermal approach has required repetitive heating and cooling, which wastes energy. More

Stem cell hamburger makes debut
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The food of the future could do with a pinch of seasoning — and maybe some cheese. Two volunteers who took the first public bites of hamburger grown in a laboratory gave it good marks for texture but agreed there was something missing. "I miss the salt and pepper," said Austrian nutritionist Hanni Ruetzler. U.S. journalist Josh Schonwald confessed to a difficulty in judging a burger "without ketchup or onions or jalapenos or bacon." More


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Nanomechanics of molecules and living cells with scanning ion conductance microscopy
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Hydrodynamic flow through a nanopipet in a scanning ion conductance microscope can exert localized forces on a sample surface. These forces can be used for trapping of molecules in lipid bilayers and for mapping the mechanical properties of living cells. More



Genetic discovery links autism and schizophrenia
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A unique population in northern Finland has helped reveal that schizophrenia, some autism spectrum disorders and other forms of cognitive impairment may all share a common genetic pathway. In Finland, there exist several small communities that used to live for years in isolation. Amongst the descendants of these groups, otherwise rare genes occur more regularly than elsewhere in the country because a level of inbreeding was almost inevitable. More


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