January/ February 2005

FIBRILLATION

The beat goes on

A well (or badly!) timed baseball to the chest can cause cardiac fibrillation. Ray Girvan explores how science is unlocking the secrets of the human heart

IN THE LAB

LIMS AND ENTERPRISE INTEGRATION

No laboratory is an island and laboratory software has to talk to enterprise resource planning software, as Mark Gonzalez explains

IN THE LAB: ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES

Better records lead to faster science

Electronic signatures can bring a ninefold increase in laboratory throughput, Peter Rees discovered. But first, companies may have to throw away popular software

SONIFICATION

The science of the sound of the heart

Felix Grant 'sonified' his friends' heartbeats and found that young men respond to popular music's base rhythm, but young women to female vocals