Laboratory information management systems, or LIMS as it is popularly known, has been gaining good acceptance world over. Australia is not far behind in adopting this new technology. LIMS has been there in the market for over 10 years now and many organisations are now implementing their second or third generation of LIMS.
VSN International, developer of the GenStat statistical system, has launched a free version of its commercial software available to non-commercial users and not-for-profit organisations in developing world countries. GenStat for Windows Discovery Edition is available for immediate download from www.discovery.genstat.co.uk
LabWare has won the Scientific Computing and Instrumentation Readers' Choice Award in the LIMS category for the past six years running. SC&I conducts an annual Readers' Choice Award survey asking readers to rate various laboratory applications and instrument categories.
Research published in the journal Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry is the description of a method that can detect a pattern of contamination on banknotes from drug-related crime that is different from the pattern seen in general circulation. The process is claimed to be significantly faster than other previous methods.
There is a relatively new approach to addressing large, complex problems - 'network science'.