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I recently “discovered” a very interesting radio programme on BBC Radio 4. It is “devoted to the powerful, sometimes beautiful, often abused but ever ubiquitous world of numbers”. A few weeks ago we were asked to say what we were doing while listening to the programme. The next week we were told that nearly 2000 e-mails had been received and this data had been given to information designer David McCandless to turn into a graphic. When this was trailed I got the impression that something new and exciting was going to be displayed and I thought that the graphic would include sound. The graphic is good but rather “ordinary” and I was disappointed. This got me thinking about how we display information. Have we made any advance in the last 25 years? Could sound be used!
The potential impact of lipid research has been increasingly realised both in disease treatment and prevention. Recent advances in soft ionisation mass spectrometry (MS) such as electrospray ionisation (ESI) have permitted parallel monitoring of several hundreds of lipids in a single experiment and thus facilitated lipidomics level studies. These advances, however, pose a greater challenge for bioinformaticians to handle massive amounts of information-rich MS data from modern analytical instruments in order to understand complex functions of lipids.
Analytical Information Mark-up Language, better known as AnIML, has been around as a concept for a number of years, but how does an analytical chemist use it in the "real" lab? A team of R&D scientists at LGC has been finding out.
Bio-Rad Laboratories has announced the availability of several new spectral databases.
Symbion Systems has announced the release of its driver for Kaiser Optical Systems RamanRxn systems analysers.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has released Version 9 of its GRAMS software. The suite is comprised of a collection of complementary and fully integrated applications and modules centred on the core GRAMS/AI spectroscopy data processing and reporting software, with advanced processing routines, data comparison and visualisation features and the ability to handle data from any analytical instrument.
Version 8.2 of the KnowItAll Informatics system from Bio-Rad Laboratories now includes a new tool for spectral interpretation.
Bruker Introduces MS Workstation 7 Software for New Chemical Analysis Gas Chromatography Triple-Quadrupole Mass Spectrometers
Bruker Daltonics' new Chemical Analysis business announced the release of MS Workstation 7, the next generation software package for the newly acquired 3x0 series GC triple-quadrupole (GC-QQQ) mass spectrometers. MS Workstation 7 features Scheduled Multiple-Reaction Monitoring (s-MRM), which facilitates method development, maintenance and data reduction tasks for challenging multi-component methods.
PANalytical has extended the compatibility of its Omnian standardless analysis software to include the benchtop MiniPal 4 XRF spectrometer. This combination provides quantification of unknowns in situations where certified standards are not available. Omnian provides elemental analysis of all materials no matter how they have been prepared. Typical applications include rapid screening, comparative analysis and R&D investigations.
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments and Camo Software have announced a partnership that will enable Shimadzu in which Shimadzu will provide Camo’s multivariate data analysis software, The Unscrambler® to FT-IR customers requiring chemometric analysis.
This 64-bit data acquisition software for spectroscopy and scientific imaging from Princeton Instruments provides comprehensive control of PI cameras and spectrometers, automatically saves data to disc during acquisition, applies time stamp, retains both raw and corrected data with full experimental details,and is compatible with 64-bit Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
Analyze IQ Ltd has released Version 1.2 of the Analyze IQ chemometrics software suite, which works with Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit) and earlier versions of Windows. A number of new file formats are supported, including JCAMP-DX, SpectroML and AIQ. New features include a model driven paradigm that separates model-building from model usage, so that you can package and deploy chemometric knowledge and analysis and storage of mixtures data.
The new SimPlus software from Perten Instruments allows users to monitor and administrate multiple DA 7200 instruments (on-site or remote installations) from one location, access data and results, update calibrations and create reports.
Thermo Fisher Scientific and Symyx Technologies are working on a joint product development to provide scientists in the bioanalytical community with an automated, secure and seamless laboratory workflow by integrating Thermo Scientific Watson LIMS with Symyx’s electronic lab notebook. www.thermo.com/informatics, www.symyx.com
With the addition of the new Sadtler HNMR Chemical Shifts database from Bio-Rad, HaveItAll NMR now includes chemical shift data of 20,391 more compounds, each being identified by chemical name, solvent used in the analysis, instrument name, chemical structure, molecular formula and molecular weight.
Foss NIRSystems has introduced Service Pack 3 for Vision 3.50 and, at the same time, released DSP 27, which replaces DSP 26 and all previous versions.
The enhanced version of the HaveItAll UV-vis database from Bio-Rad now has an additional 4200 spectra included in its collection of UV-vis spectra, giving a current total of 13,930 spectra.
The Sadtler ATR of Controlled and Prescription Drugs is a new database from Bio-Rad Laboratories containing 1161 ATR-IR spectra of controlled and prescription drugs and steroids.
Bio-Rad offers specialised editions of its KnowItAll system specially customised for spectroscopy and other areas of research. The latest release, Version 8.1 of the system, features improvements to its spectral mixture analysis tool.
The NMR Metabolites database from Bio-Rad, with its collection of 1H and 13C NMR spectra, now includes 532 compounds with 1055 spectra from BioMagResBank data, which doubles the number of spectra previously in this collection of proteins, peptides and nucleic acids.