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Portable precision balances meet safety and accuracy standards A

dam Equipment’s Highland approved balances contain practical features that simplify lab work and field testing, making them suitable for a wide variety of applications. Available in the UK, Europe

and the Middle East, the Highland approved balance features OIML and EC type approvals. This certifies that the balance has undergone rigorous testing

and meets requirements for safety, operation, construction,

security, labelling and electromagnetic characteristics. Three models offer capacities from 600g/5,000ct to 5,000g/25,000ct and readabilities from .1g/0.5ct to 1g/5ct. Results are displayed in carats, grams or kilograms.


Highland approved balance is constructed of ABS plastic,

so it is lightweight,

sturdy and simple to clean. Storage is easy with Highland’s

innovative multi-balance stacking

design. The RS-232 and USB interfaces allow speedy connections to printers or computers. Powered by AC adapter or rechargeable

battery, the Highland approved balance transports easily between locations. To ensure reliable, accurate readings, a removable draft shield eliminates wind disturbances outdoors or drafts indoors. An internal ShockProtect feature helps

prevent damage to the balance from accidental overloads. To deter theft, a security slot accommodates an optional Kensington-type lock and cable. The Highland approved balance delivers

consistent, reliable performance and certified accuracy.

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Extending LIMS use to the field

he new Matrix Gemini Field Analytics System from Autoscribe Informatics extends the use of the laboratory information management system (LIMS) to the field. Further enhancing remote access capabilities for Matrix Gemini, the new system allows test data to be recorded offline and uploaded to the LIMS when an internet connection can be re-established. The Field Analytics System is designed to operate on an Android tablet or mobile device and sync with the Matrix Gemini LIMS database. It enables users to select and download the sample information they want from Matrix Gemini. The sample data can be edited and relevant test results recorded offline. Results are automatically checked


as they are entered to ensure they are a valid type (numeric, test, etc.). Updated results are stored until an internet or mobile data connection becomes available and it is convenient to upload the data to the Matrix Gemini LIMS database server. Communicating with the database server via a web service, the Field Analytics System authenticates user rights before allowing access for data download/upload. It also records user identities when data is uploaded or changed. To limit the data downloaded, users may specify which samples are of interest. This keeps sync times to a minimum. A built-in search facility allows users to limit the number of samples shown at any one time on the device.

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s part of onging work for the European Commission, a new website for monitoring open science worldwide has launched.

The new website hosts a monitor developed by

RAND Europe, Deloitte, Digital Science, Altmetric and Figshare, that provides stakeholders, including researchers, policymakers, libraries and publishers with access to data and trends on open science. Open science refers to ongoing changes in

the way research is conducted. The overarching aim is to increase transparency, collaboration, communication and participation on research projects to improve their scientific outcomes. The characteristics of open science that are

monitored on the website are: open access to research publications, open research data, open scholarly communication and citizen science. In a RAND Europe study, respondents cited the ability to keep up-to-date with progress in open science as the biggest benefit. Respondents also hoped the monitor would allow them to demonstrate that open science practices are increasing, with this potentially helping to encourage others to get involved in the process. The website adddress is cfm?pg=home&section=monitor.

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