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Five-letter words for research: ‘trial’ and ‘error’

Added: 31 May 2022

You now have six attempts to guess the craze that has hooked Dr Matthew Partridge as he envisages a…

Identifying and reducing day-to-day stress in laboratories

Added: 19 May 2022

A busy laboratory can be a stressful working environment, especially if there is a backlog of sampl…

When more knowledge does not equal more complexity

Added: 9 May 2022

In a world saturated with information, Dr Diane Turner discusses how more in-depth learning about a…

A researcher’s guide to intermittent research

Added: 1 Apr 2022

Under the continued cosh of COVID, Dr Matthew Partridge considers the impact of constant interrupti…

It’s cool here in the future!

Added: 29 Mar 2022

Finding an excuse to watch Star Trek and call it research, Russ Swan compares science fiction with …

Creating trans-inclusive workplaces

Added: 10 Mar 2022

Adjustments for inclusion are a moral and practical imperative. Amy Grace explains how to ensure yo…

Changing the status quo on diversity in STEM

Added: 3 Mar 2022

There is still much work to be done, but Jess Lee hopes that in the coming year, dedicated efforts …

Understanding the true scale of your carbon liability

Added: 25 Jan 2022

Laboratory-based process loads impact operational energy use. Debbie Hobbs discusses the shift towa…

Net zero rubber duck debugging

Added: 3 Jan 2022

Despite a total lack of green fingers, Dr Matthew Partridge argues that a plant is an essential res…

The QC lab – Connecting the digital landscape

Added: 20 Dec 2021

There is an almost universal need to combat the growing complexity of disjointed quality control ec…

Laboratories: sustainable design and operation

Added: 17 Dec 2021

Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility. Dr Manisha Kulkarni discusses why laboratory environme…

Rule Zero: Is this meeting really necessary?

Added: 16 Dec 2021

As the #greatresignation sweeps organisations into a new reality across the nation, Russ Swan discu…

Good research has never been more important

Added: 3 Dec 2021

With scientific matters enjoying the media spotlight, Dr Frances Downey argues that the scientific …

IF AI = 1 THEN Partridge = 0

Added: 26 Nov 2021

Contemplating the potential for personal redundancy as a result of too much daydreaming, Dr Matthew…

Anticipating the smart laboratory

Added: 8 Oct 2021

Environments impact our behaviours and interactions with one another, and Nick Jones believes the s…

How to ‘go all Google’ - feeding time at the local laboratory

Added: 7 Oct 2021

With absolutely no ulterior motives… Fox’s Party Ring fan, Dr Matthew Partridge discusses the not-s…

What is AI’s role in the lab?

Added: 21 Sep 2021

In this article Gerald Law, one of this year’s exhibitors at Lab Innovations, evaluates the strengt…

The mind-boggling complexity of scientific waste

Added: 30 Jul 2021

Why is scientific waste disposal complicated? Dr Matthew Partridge muses on that gap in student and…

The journey to net zero carbon science

Added: 26 Jul 2021

With a 2050 deadline for all buildings in the UK to be operationally net zero carbon, Tim Fry discu…

How to improve energy efficiency in your lab

Added: 17 Jun 2021

Much of the literature on energy efficiency and reducing energy usage is directed at residential ho…