Oil and Gas Exploration: The Role of the Lab and LIMS Software

Oil and natural gas are fossil fuels, formed underground from the remains of plants and animals. Since the mid-1800s, the United States has been drilling wells and extracting oil and gas. The oil is refined into gasoline and diesel for vehicle and jet fuels, and distillates are extracted as petrochemicals used for a range of manufacturing products. Natural gas is …

Need to Know: Control Who Sees What in Your LIMS

Laboratory information security is not merely a question of who can access your systems. What you allow people to access once they are in matters just as much. In a previous blog post, we discussed the first pillar of access control: authentication, or the process of verifying user identity. In this post, we will discuss the second pillar, authorization, and …

The Importance of Wildfire Research

In the Western United States, enormous and severe wildfires have the potential to produce massive amounts of smoke, leaving people exposed to its dangers over an extended period of time. Wildfires may have adverse effects on regional air quality, worsen local air pollution, and potentially harm the health of the inhabitants of these locations. A detailed, communicative analysis is essential …

Infectious Diseases and the Need for Clinical Diagnostic Labs

Infectious diseases are still among the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that infectious diseases were emerging at an unprecedented rate. Over 40 infectious diseases have been discovered in the past 50 years, including AIDS, SARS, MERS, Ebola, avian influenza, swine flu, Zika, and most recently COVID-19. Some infectious diseases have even reemerged, …

Impact of Global Warming on the Fishing Industry

Mama always said, “Don’t worry, darling, there are plenty of fish in the sea.” But what mama didn’t take into account was the impact of global warming on the Earth’s oceans. While many varieties of fish populations are relocating to cooler temperatures, other species are dwindling due to the stress of the warmer waters. Climate change is threatening the economic …

What is Energy Independence and Is It Attainable?

When a US election season is in full swing or gas prices at the pumps start to rise, the discussions among partisan politicians and constituents alike turn to the phrase “energy independence.” But what does energy independence mean, and is it reasonable to expect that the United States will ever achieve it? Who was the first to coin the phrase? …

The Cost of Buying Cheap Laboratory Software

When shopping for a laboratory information management system (LIMS), it’s best to remind yourself of the old idiom “you get what you pay for.” The number of businesses offering LIMS software has grown significantly over the past few decades, and cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) providers are the new norm. The global LIMS market was valued at $1.3 billion …

The Fascinating Work of a Metallurgy Lab

When you hear the word “metallurgy,” what comes to mind? For this author, the first thought was an allergy to metals. Boy, was I wrong! Metallurgy is a branch of science and technology concerned with the properties of metals and their production and purification. If that sounds fascinating yet a bit removed from your daily life, you would be mistaken. …

Securing Your LIMS in the Cloud

Although it may seem counterintuitive, transplanting your lab’s data and workflows from your on-premises servers to a third-party’s cloud-based laboratory information management system (LIMS) makes your lab more secure. However, moving your lab’s operations into the cloud also splits responsibility for security between you and your cloud LIMS vendor. Security in the cloud is one factor laboratories must consider when …

Ebola 2022 Outbreak and the Impact on US Testing Labs

The Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV)-caused Ebola outbreak in the Republic of Uganda was declared on September 20, 2022, following the confirmation of a case in a community in Madudu Sub-County, Mubende District, Uganda, on September 19. A total of 115 confirmed and 21 probable patient cases, including 32 confirmed and 21 probable deaths, have been reported as of October 26, 2022. …