Prof. Harald Haas - My Li-Fi Revolution

"My LiFi revolution". In the 2014 Tam Dalyell Lecture, Professor Harald Haas, Chair of Mobile Communications at The University of Edinburgh, reveals an amazing innovation that could change wireless communications forever. 

The LiFi system uses standard light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to transmit electronic data signals, which will enable users to access the internet through the ordinary lighting systems in schools, workplaces and homes. This revolutionary invention has the potential to bring cheap, energy efficient and super-secure wireless access to the world.

Visible Light Communications @EuCNC 2014

Harald Haas from the University of Edinburgh discusses visible light communications.


BMP21-LAB Portable Label Printer

The BMP 21-LAB Portable Label Printer is an all-in-one labeller for research, academic and clinical labs. 

With label materials designed specifically for harsh environments, the BMP21-LAB printer can quickly and easily create legible labels for flat, curved or highly textured surfaces that stay stuck for years even when exposed to extreme temperatures and chemicals.

Brady FreezerBondz Laboratory Labels - Testimonial

FreezerBondz material is a low-profile label used on frozen surfaces or on room-temperature surfaces that will eventually be stored in liquid nitrogen (-196°C).

Crystal with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin texplains about how they test lab specimens and some of the challenges they face in specimen identification.

She explains how they use a barcode system and why they chose Brady FreezerBondz labels to ensure that their specimens are properly identified for tracking. 

TGAC Understanding Life on Earth

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) uses Intel-powered super computers to collect and crunch complex data that is shaping the future of science.

Tackling problems like population growth and securing food supply are what TGAC aims to contribute towards. Having a supercomputer that keeps up with the vast level of data delivered is crucial. The Institute’s research output requires a significant amount of computing power to handle the hundreds of samples and millions of sequences analysed every day. In the human genome alone, there are three billion letters of DNA. At TGAC these super computers are used to categorise, process, and analyse the genome sequences of a diverse range of plants, animals, and microbes.

Five times larger than the human genome, TGAC have used their high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities to sequence and assemble one of the most complex genomes, the bread wheat genome. Their scientists have already sequenced and assembled 17 of the 21 chromosomes of the genome, by applying the Intel technology-powered SGI UV system.

The third most-produced cereal worldwide, bread wheat has over a 100,000 genes, compared to the human genome containing about 20,000, the sheer size of the genome, as well as the activation and relationship between the genes and tissue determine its vast complexity.

The Bioinformatics teams at TGAC use the SGI UV2000 high-performance computing (HPC) system, the largest SGI-UV installation in the UK. Powered by the Intel Xeon processor E5-4650L product family, the system enables the scientists to analyse the genome sequences of crops, animals, and microbes to promote a sustainable bioeconomy and aid global food security.

Tim Stitt, Head of Computing at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), said: "Intel are renowned for engineering innovative and leading-edge hardware and software solutions for scientific computing and without their technology our rate of discovery at TGAC would be much less. We are delighted to count on them as a valuable partner in our mission to advance the forefront of Bioscience.”

Product Spotlight - QE Pro Spectrometer

Dr. Yvette Mattley discusses the QE Pro High Sensitivity spectrometer from Ocean Optics. Visit the product page at to find out more.

Product Spotlight - Interchangeable Slits

Dr. Mattley from Ocean Optics shows how easy it is to change slit assemblies on the company's QE Pro spectrometer. Interchangeable slits add measurement flexibility to several of the company's spectrometers.

Geotech G100 CO2 analyser animation

The Geotech G100, which measures CO2 from 0-20% and O2 0-100%, is used to demonstrate accurate and repeatable CO2 readings of the atmosphere inside incubators. It was specifically designed to monitor CO2 for the verification of incubators in medical, IVF-clinic, research and pharmaceutical applications.  For more information, click HERE.

Sugar beets could become blood substitute

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered that sugar beets produce haemoglobin. They now hope that this haemoglobin could serve as a blood substitute – a substance that is currently in short supply. For more click HERE.

Carson Optical Universal Optics Adapter HD

The IS-100 HookUpz Universal optics adapter connects most smartphones to any optical device in seconds. It fits any smartphone with or without a case (users can even use a charging case for hours of continual, uninterrupted use). The universal adapter can be used on binoculars, monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, telescopes or night vision.

It is very easy to use and no glue or complicated pieces are needed. The product features a self-centring clamp with release grips that can hold optics over a very large range of diameters for all types of optics. It fits a wide range of optics, with an outer eyepiece diameter of 20-58mm.

It’s small, portable and lightweight so users can take it anywhere and share images and videos captured in the field quickly and easily.


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