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Different paths to one goal

The trend in laboratory informatics is towards integration of software with instruments and with enterprise resource planning software. Different vendors have different ways of achieving this end and it has driven take-overs and mergers, according to Peter Rees

Fuel from the past

Although they derive from redundant Victorian prototypes, fuel cells are sometimes regarded as a power source for the future. But first, as Ray Girvan describes, there is a lot of scientific computing to be done

Grid powers up at ISIS

Getting CPU-intensive computations to run faster used to mean buying a new computer. Not any more, reports Kenneth Shankland and Tom Griffin

The colour of the past

Mathematical operations on an array of pixels, made easy by software such as Matlab, can reveal the surface of Venus and the world of pre-Revolutionary Russia, Ray Girvan discovers

In place of innovation... Integration

In different disciplines and across companies of different sizes, Tom Wilkie finds convergent trends of integration and interoperability that will shape scientific computing

Archive with care

Recording research data electronically sounds like a good idea; but, Peter Rees asks, can you produce that information in court 50 years later?

Making waves - singly

First observed in the waters of a Scottish canal, solitary waves, or solitons, have applications right across physics, Ray Girvan discovers

Easing the way to fuels paradise

Using a novel combination of maths and text software, Felix Grant has made it easier to explore the uncertainties of alternative energy policy

Joining up the data from clinical trials

Clinical trials, not finding new chemical entities, are the most costly aspect of drug development. Peter Rees looks at the software solutions that might make clinical trials cheaper and faster

Sound sense

Ray Girvan reports on sonification - the representation of data as sound. Well-established in applications for the visually impaired, it has far wider scientific possibilities

Joining up the data from clinical trials

Clinical trials, not finding new chemical entities, are the most costly aspect of drug development. Peter Rees looks at the software solutions that might make clinical trials cheaper and faster

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

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

Count me in

Felix Grant believes that software can open up the big ideas in mathematics to the wider public, democratising the subject, and making it part of popular culture

Adding value through support

Although sometimes their role is overlooked, distributors can add value to scientific software through the technical support they provide. John Murphy talked to Adept Scientific, one of the largest distributors

Go with the workflow

If the trend is towards standardisation, how can LIMS be tailored to fit individual customers? The answer lies with workflows, according to Colin Thurston

Standardise, centralise, enterprise

Integrating LIMS with enterprise resource planning software is topical, but Peter Rees found that standardising and centralising are essential first steps

LIMS services on the web

Web services will offer a way for LIMS to integrate with enterprise resource planning systems, says Peter Rees

The future of computational science

Computational science will go deeper and wider in the next 10 years. But Scott Kahn believes that the most profound changes will come through the integration of methods and domains

Moving ahead with advancing technology

Robert Massie and Ramond D'Angelo believe that, as the physical limitations of processing, storing, and delivering information diminish, the possibilities of the digital research environment keep expanding

Redefining disease

Guy Lefever sees seven new technologies, all related to scientific computing, transforming the face of medicine

The future of virtual instrumentation

James Truchard believes that performance will improve, while costs and development time will decrease, making engineers more productive through the use of virtual instrumentation

The Web that changed the world

Scientific Computing World appeared just as the World Wide Web was escaping from particle physics. Michael Kenward reflects on a decade of rapid progress