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Driving innovation

Paul Schreier touches on the many uses of scientific software in the automotive industry

In profile: IDBS

Founded in 1989 and privately owned, IDBS is a leading provider of advanced software solutions for the drug discovery industry.

When two worlds collide

Enterprise content management systems are helping organise scientific information while laboratory systems are starting to incorporate data from elsewhere in organisations. Siân Harris reports on how these two worlds are coming together

The DNA deluge

Clare Sansom on how next-generation sequencing methods are creating challenges in the field of bioinformatics

The future of currents

Climate change and global warming are ever-present topics in the media, but how much can the predictioncs be trusted? David Robson investigates the trials of modelling such complex environmental and meteorlogical data.

From lab to enterprise

Tom Wilkie explores how laboratory data management applications are integrating more and more with software outside the lab, including enterprise resource planning software, thereby feeding into overall business management

Simple is often best

Choices of data acquisition software are clouded by a bewildering array of data formats. For successful integration from instrument to analysis package, the simplest option is often the best, discovers Sian Harris.

An ELN by any other name

The market for electronic lab notebooks is growing apace, but opinions differ as to what this software actually does. Tom Wilkie and David Robson sampled some views

ELNs in action

David Robson discovers that ELNs are being used in a diverse range of applications

Providing the backbone to research and analysis

Whether organisations are analysing specimens from a wide range of different industries - or collecting more similar samples but on a scale that was previously unimaginable, a flexible and robust LIMS is essential, discovers Sian Harris

LIMS widens its reach

Laboratory Information Management Systems are coming out of the quality control lab and into some quite unexpected places, as Tom Wilkie discovers

Meet Mr Matlab

John Murphy meets scientific computing's leading 'celebrity', Cleve Moler, co-founder of The MathWorks

The maths package problem

Brian Cogan assesses some leading mathematics packages - and finds that an effective comparison is almost impossible

Towards off-the-shelf integration for labs

At first glance, a laboratory information management system (LIMS) might seem to sit quietly in a laboratory doing its job without really changing. In fact, the reality is far more exciting for this unsung hero of the analytical process, as Siân Harris discovers

A parallel universe

Cheaper clusters, multi-core chips, and ever more complex problems to solve mean that the era of desktop supercomputing is upon us. Even Microsoft is getting in on the act, as Tom Wilkie reports

Vive la difference

Different data, different analytical tools, different users. How can scientific computing cope with diversity in the life sciences? Tom Wilkie discovers that data pipelining and workflow technology offer new approaches

Software is key to better productivity

Commercial laboratories increasingly turn to less-skilled staff for their routine analyses, but also want to use and share their results in far more ways than in the past. The key to achieving these different goals lies in the software, writes Siân Harris