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Automation – News and Features

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Microbial Monitoring for Biopharma Manufacturing

Contamination is a significant issue for bioprocessing as it results in loss of time, money and effort. This article will explore the pivotal role of microbial monitoring in upholding product safety and quality standards within the biopharmaceutical industry.
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AI Inspired by Butterflies' Mating Behavior

How Heliconius butterflies process two sensory inputs, pheromones and vision, at once to find a mate may inspire improved, multi-sensory artificial intelligence, according to a team of Penn State researchers.
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How Automation Can Support Increasing Demand for Next-Generation Sequencing

Exploding interest in NGS increases the pressure on researchers to find new ways to improve the efficiency of the process. Explore why NGS library preparation is a prime candidate for improvement and how automation is the key to making this process more efficient.
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Meet Emo: The Friendly Robotic Face That Uses AI To Anticipate a Person’s Smile

A new robot has been designed to anticipate facial expressions and execute them simultaneously with a human.
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The Science of Stickiness: Researchers Discover Universal Mechanism for How Soft Materials Stick

Adhesive tape or sticky notes are easy to attach to a surface, but are difficult to remove. Now, researchers have discovered that this "adhesion hysteresis" is caused by the rough surfaces of the adherent soft materials.
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Industry Insight

Single-Use vs Stainless Steel – Choosing the Best Technology for Your Biomanufacturing Needs

John Puglia outlines and compares the capabilities offered by single-use technologies and stainless steel systems, with a focus on the flexibility of implementing SUTs.
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High-Throughput Screening: Advances, Applications and Combined Approaches

In this article, we highlight various high-throughput screening strategies being used to interrogate large libraries of compounds and hear from researchers working to further streamline specific approaches to increase speed and improve quality and accuracy.
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Scientists Create World’s First Shape-Shifting, Property-Changing Metamaterial

An encodable multifunctional material that can dynamically tune its shape and mechanical properties in real-time has been developed that could revolutionize soft machines.
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Researchers Develop Light-Responsive Material for Soft Robots

Researchers have designed a new, 3D-printable, light-responsive material that can be used to make machines that move without any electronics.
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Bringing the Benefits of 4D-Lipidomics Research to the Clinic

The capabilities of trapped ion mobility spectrometry combined with automated data annotation software are driving new developments in lipid analysis. This article discusses how such advances are bringing the technology to more mainstream use, setting the foundations for future clinical research.