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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

Stake your life on a LIMS

Doctors depend on pathology labs for accurate diagnoses, and path labs depend on ever more sophisticated LIMS, Peter Rees reports

Stuck in the middleware

Grid computing won't happen without glue to hold it together, as Michael Kenward finds when investigating middleware

The measures of Mankind

People differ in many ways, which is why biometrics is a booming business and why Michael Kenward found a wealth of related websites

Chemical brain in a box

ChemBrain doesn't look unusual. It has a straightforward Windows interface and dialogue boxes, albeit in an older style and perhaps slightly inelegant in places. But, aesthetics aside, ChemBrain is different, reports David Bradley

Is life too complex?

Complex systems are a growing area of research, and finding good sites can be complicated, says Michael Kenward

internet research on the internet

The Internet is itself a suitable case for research, as Michael Kenward found when surfing sites on the Web given over to research on the Web into the Web

Chromatography integrates well

The way to interface and integrate chromatography data systems is a major theme in this issue's review of laboratory information management systems, writes Phillip Hill