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Moving Toward Optical Chips

September 17, 2014 | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

A promising light source for optoelectronic chips can be tuned to different frequencies. Chips that use light, rather than electricity, to move data would consume much less power — and energy efficiency is a growing concern as chips’ transistor counts rise.

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Choosing the Right Cleanroom Shoe Covers

September 17, 2014 5:06 pm | Shoe Inn, LLC | Articles | Comments

Standard shoe covers come in a variety of materials; variations come in the form of different thicknesses, combinations, traction patterns, etc. With so many available options, how does a cleanroom/facility manager select the right shoe cover?    

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Implementing Gowning Guidelines For Proposed USP <800> Compliance

September 17, 2014 4:37 pm | by Peter Lojac and Kenneth Latta | Cleanroom Connection, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Increasing concerns regarding the protection of healthcare workers, compounding pharmacists, and manufacturers handling hazardous drugs has bought about the proposed USP Chapter <800> – Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings. Due to the harmful consequences of improper handling of these drugs, it is vital that a safe standard be set to ensure safety and efficiency.

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Not All Gloves Are Created Equal

September 17, 2014 4:14 pm | by Derek Watts | Nitritex Canada Limited | Articles | Comments

When choosing gloves for your pharmaceutical manufacturing in an ISO Class 4, 5, or 6 cleanroom, why should you always choose cleanroom gloves and never surgical gloves? A common misconception is that gloves used in medical environments are sterile - but they are not necessarily clean.

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Trends in the Biotechnology Industry

September 17, 2014 2:59 pm | by Members of ISPE’s Biotechnology Community of Practice | ISPE | Articles | Comments

Changing regulations and rising costs put pressure on cleanroom facilities.                                    

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Cleanroom Safety and PPE

September 17, 2014 1:49 pm | Articles | Comments

A cleanroom safety program should define how the PPE (personal protective equipment) or cleanroom garments are worn to enhance operator safety. Here are some examples of safety criteria for hoods, masks, goggles, coveralls, and booties.

Smart Material Could Lead to Puncture-Resistant Gloves

September 17, 2014 1:02 pm | News | Comments

Shear thickening fluid (STF) armor technology is a smart material that can change from a liquid to a solid in response to ballistic and puncture threats. Adding STF to a fabric creates a nanocomposite material that can harden rapidly to form a temporary protective shield before becoming flexible again.

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Supercritical Fluid Extractor

September 17, 2014 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Supercritical Fluid Technologies offers a bench top supercritical fluid extractor, the model SFT-110.

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ESD Workstation Covers

September 17, 2014 9:53 am | DESCO | Product Releases | Comments

Desco ESD Workstation Covers protect products from ESD, dust, and other contaminants. They can be grounded with an available ground cord.

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Develop Your Cleaning Scorecard

September 16, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Jones | Articles | Comments

Playing the cleaning game means tallying up the costs and benefits.                                         

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Upping Your Game

September 16, 2014 12:09 pm | by Patrice Galvin | Controlled Environments Magazine | Articles | Comments

Cleaning is the name of the game in this issue of Controlled Environments. This issue features our annual Company Profiles, as well as articles on selecting and purchasing a new cleaning system; corrosion of stainless steel caused by bleach; LIMS in the food and beverage industry; new regulations in the biotech sector; the ever-present need for microbial monitoring; and hazardous production materials.

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Are You A Reluctant Leader?

September 16, 2014 11:34 am | by Walt Grassl | Articles | Comments

Some people are very comfortable doing a job that has no leadership dimension, even though they may thrive as a leader. This condition is sometimes referred to as Altitude Sickness. When assessing your teams, use these five signs to look for the quiet, unambitious employees who demonstrate the qualities of reluctant leaders and help cure them of their altitude sickness.

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Twisted Graphene Chills Out

September 16, 2014 11:11 am | News | Comments

When two sheets of graphene are stacked in a special way, it is possible to cool down the graphene with a laser instead of heating it up. Scientists have shown how laser light interacts with a special kind of graphene to cool it down. This would make it possible to make electronic devices of graphene run cooler and faster simply by shining a laser on it.

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Graphene Firm Invests $5M in Nanotech College Partnership

September 16, 2014 10:48 am | News | Comments

The Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute has announced it is partnering with Graphene Frontiers LLC, a producer of graphene for commercial and industrial applications, to develop next generation graphene-based processes, technologies, and techniques that will enable revolutionary innovation in the electronics industry.

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Nano Engineering Advances Bone-Forming Material

September 16, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

Nanotechnology researchers have successfully engineered synthetic materials which encouraged bone formation in sheep. The advancement means the successful use of synthetic materials in bone grafts for human patients is a step closer. The material could also have potential future applications in fracture repair and reconstructive surgery.

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Connecting the World with Ant-Sized Radios

September 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford University | News | Comments

Engineers have built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna – no batteries required. Costing just pennies to make, tiny radios-on-a-chip are designed to serve as controllers or sensors for the "Internet of Things."

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