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R&D IT Should Study the Porsche 911 Targa

by Michael Shanler  |  January 21, 2014

Last week, Porsche unveiled the 2014 911 Targa.    For those unfamiliar, the “Targa” (named after Targa Florio, a famous Italian race) was a concept introduced in 1966 when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) almost banned convertibles due to high fatality rates during roll-overs.  In a few short months, the 1967 Targa, was quickly […]

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Big (Scientific) Data and the $1,000 human genome

by Michael Shanler  |  January 17, 2014

This week, there was a milestone announcement in the world of scientific instrumentation:  The CEO of Illumina, a manufacturer of sequencing systems, announced the launch of their new “HiSeq X” sequencing system at a JP Morgan conference.  Each HiSeqX is designed to process up to 20,000 genomes a year at a cost of $1,000 per test. […]

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How R&D IT can Weather the Polar Vortex

by Michael Shanler  |  January 9, 2014

This “polar vortex”  that has gripped North America for the last week is quite the interesting phenomenon.   For those that aren’t familiar, the high altitude cold air circulating around the North Pole is temporarily out of whack.  The boundary for the flow of air, which usually is regular and elliptical in shape, has become wavy […]

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