9,300-Year-Old Frozen Bison Mummy Found

In a previous post we explained how permafrost is the way of nature's keeping the temperature constantly low. Permafrost has helped scientists find all kinds of specimens from plants, animals and all the way to viruses, by keeping them in 'tip-top' shape for thousands of years. Working in the north east of Siberia, researchers recently found the most complete Bison mummy with all of its organs still intact and in a sleeping position which revealed that it probably died from starvation by the end of the ice age. This new work was presented at the annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in November 2014 in Berlin and will be published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Please read the post from IFLS here.

Z-SC1 Announces New Division & Warehouse

Press Release: Z-SC1 Corp Announces Opening of Warehouse on west coast US. Z-SCI Biomedical LLC. New US division - Z-SC1 Announces New Division & Warehouse Montreal Canada, March 16, 2015 – Z-SC1 Corp, the world’s leading manufacturing of ULT Freezer that changed the world of Cryo-conservation with its TWINCORE technology, announced the opening of its new US based division Z-SCI BIOMEDICAL LLC and new warehouse on the west coast. Glenn Adams has been promoted to the newly created role of V.P General Manager for the US. These changes mark a significant shift in Z-SC1 Corp’s business operation and will be instrumental in the enhancement of its US distribution strategy to better serve its US partners & distributors. The new warehouse will provide guaranteed next-day shipping for Twincore ULTs to most of the west coast. The new warehouse will also result in reduced freight expenses for Z-SCI’s Western customers who until now been served by the distributor’s warehouses in Pennsylvania and from Canada. Z-SCI will also benefit from increased logistical and operational efficiencies such as reduced inbound freight expenses. “We changed the world with the Twincore freezer technology,” said Jean Fallacara, CEO “but now we have to insure that products are readily available coast to coast in the US.” “We plan on gradually ramping up our distribution activities out of our new California based office and warehouse and ultimately, we anticipate that a substantial portion of our U.S.-based orders will ship out of that location.”  


Challenges are fun. They encourage us to deliver. Living in a 'challenge-oriented' philosophy will lead to a culture of experimentation in which we are requested to present the results which will sometimes  lead to great ideas or bold failures. But then you get the chance to have a new challenge and experiment again, push your limits and in the end, grow. It doesn't matter if you win or loose a challenge. What matters is to deliver. When you learn to deliver without postponing you will understand that major achievements come from doing. Failing or winning will just show you what to do more and what to do less. We want to share a couple of challenges: 1. Maxim & Katia Mezentsev created this beautiful video of freezing  nature. Some challenges do not come from elsewhere but from our necessity of moving away from the status quo. These kind of challenges will help you build your identity, your character. We love this video because, like we do, it thrives with the fact of an object in the freezing process. It's worth the look, the video lasts less than one minute and it was selected as a 'Vimeo Staff Picked'. Frozen from kveten on Vimeo. 2. The second challenge was one that our CEO, Jean Fallacara, decided to take : 'RECOVERY TESTING from a 2min Door Opening'.  He was very pleased when he received the results from the engineering team. Please read the post he wrote about it here. Challenges make us grow and define ourselves. We will continue delivering nice challenges we stumble upon with. We hope you enjoy as much as we do.    

The ‘Cool’ Biotech Company in Canada

 Originality is a result, not a goal. What we actually do different from other companies is really simple: we listen. The products are the result of that simple exercise of paying attention to the users' feedback and really thinking how to make their experience more pleasant. This of course involves the scientific team which enters a creative process of their own. But not only them, but the whole company enters that creative process because their experience with clients and with the machines themselves nourish the engineering concepts. Then, the ball comes back from R&D to the Marketing department whose only task is to properly communicate the results. And then the whole process repeats at every level of the company. The other difference lays on the team. We are Z people. We fully understand a philosophy. This fact makes us independent and capable of solving issues without having to climb an endless bureaucratic  ladder. We are professionals at what we do and for that reason we are free, and free people are happy and that reflects on every inch of the company. Business Review Canada Magazine published and article on this month's issue entitled: Z-SC1 BIOMEDICAL - The 'cool' Biotech Company in Canada. This is a result. This is not only the way we feel, but how people look at us. We didn't plan it either, we just worked our way. We would like to thank Stephanie C. Ocano who wrote the article and Cedrick Adolphe who produced it. Un Gros Merci.


From the project Macro - Part II by Romuald Chaigneu During the month of February in Montreal, when you watch out the window, the prettier it looks, the colder it is. Today the sky is bluer than ever and the temperature outside is -23ºC that feels like -36ºC with the wind factor. We are not only used to extreme low temperatures, we are used to bring the nice and positive things out of them. We’re good at it. Today, we want to share with you these beautiful images by french photographer Romuald Chaigneau from his project “Macro” - A Cold Winter Morning. They show beautiful details of frozen nature on a cold winter morning. Macro Freezing photography: Our World is Beautiful! Just like us, he brought up something enjoyable out of a frozen environment. From the project Macro - Part II by Romuald Chaigneu  


For many people in the west, a cycle is closing today. Other cultures closed it earlier and some will do in the future. The fact is that we all live within cycles and when they’re coming to an end, a feeling of gratitude and hope arises almost inevitably. On our side, we don’t feel like the cycle is closing yet. We still have surprises coming and when they are revealed we’ll jump into the new dimension of design and progress thinking. We have righted some wrongs already, but ‘amazing’ is yet to come. We’re not kidding, amazing isn’t just a nice word to use, it is the perfect adjective to describe it. We are pushing the industry’s limits once again. For now, we can only say thank you for all your support and wish you an amazing new cycle, if you’re starting a new one tomorrow.  


"Frost, filters and voltage are the main things to watch" this is the opening line of a very interesting article by Rachel Muenz, assistant editor, published in the current issue (Dec. 2014) of LAB MANAGER magazine. The article entitled Cold Storage, features some tips and points of view by director of product management at Panasonic Joe LaPorte and Z-SC1's CEO Jean Fallacara. Periodical maintenance is crucial for any lab machine. For this reason service is a key element when deciding what to buy. This article is very interesting and useful for both experts and juniors. You can read the magazine here. The article is on page 76-77. Connect with Jean Fallacara on Linked In here. He's always open to discussion, feedback and lately, compliments. Connect with Z-SC1 on Linked In and stay on the loop here. You can also read and/or download the article in PDF from here. Enjoy!  


WiZBox creates the Ability to Predict ULT Freezer's Failure. The most advanced,  proactive, fault management system is finally here. And it's included for free with every Twincore. Think about how many samples have been lost in the recent history of science (Harvard Brain) because of the lack of ability to predict failure before it happens. Getting samples sometimes is not an easy task, but they can be lost when changes of temperature occur without notice. To right this wrong, we present (or developed) the Twincore and its Proactive maintenance device WizBox: The safest ult in the market, capable of maintaining -82 even when one of its 2 compressors fail. But we didn't stop there. We designed, and of course included, the most advanced monitoring system for the TwinCore. We are able to watch its behavior 24/7 and prevent any malfunction. ULT MONITORING SYSTEM: The most advanced yet! This system includes an app that lets you monitor your freezer's behavior from the palm of your hand. And not only that, this app features settings control and alarm history to name a few. We came out with a video. Please check it out here. For more information on the WizBox, click here.

Keeping temperature constant: Permafrost

Keeping temperature constant is not only our job. Nature has its own ways. "Permafrost exists where the ground stays at or below 0° Celsius (32° Fahrenheit) for at least two years in a row. 24 percent of the land in the Northern Hemisphere has permafrost underneath it. So, permafrost makes up 23 million square kilometers (9 million square miles). Large expanses of permafrost occur in Siberia, the Tibetan Plateau, Alaska, the Canadian Arctic, and other higher mountain regions. " National Snow & Ice Data Center Wherever civilization is built over Permafrost it's a priority to keep it that way. When it thaws it becomes a hazard which can cause landslides or ground subsidence. The roads become bumpy if not broken and buildings may fall apart. One way to keep it frozen is by drawing the heat from underground and vent it into the air above ground. A very simple device called a thermosyphon is up for the job. No electricity or maintenance required. Nature's stable permafrost not only presents certain conditions for developers. It also has helped scientists by keeping safe samples for years. We want to bring up this amazing story about 'bringing back to life' the 1918 flu virus which caused the most lethal plague in the history of human kind. It spread across the planet during the fall and disappeared by spring. To summarize the story, back in the 1950's Johan Hultin, a young scientist went off to find the virus on a victim buried (and conserved) in permafrost: nature's freezer. He did but he couldn't grow the flu virus. Hultin quit the mission, temporarily. 47 years later (1997) he heard about the initiative of Jeffery Taubenberger. another scientist looking for the virus but from the A.F.I.P.'s tissue repository. The new challenge was he was running out of raw material and that's when the connection was made. Hultin re-appeared to launch the new expedition to find the right samples. On the fourth day, they found the body of an obese woman whose lungs were well preserved. 10 days later they got the virus! This was the first step into a chain of discoveries and studies that 10 years later would led to sequence its code and thus, the relevant conclusions. This method of building flu-virus particles from pure code is a clever application of the approach to understanding life called "reverse genetics" - that is, looking at a gene to figure out its function, rather than the other way around. But it is not one requiring some spectacular insight or technological breakthrough. The method employs fairly routine molecular biology and was developed independently by two different flu teams, one at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, the other at the University of Wisconsin. The whole story is very interesting and you should read it from the New York Times article "Why revive a Deadly Flu Virus?". Other related articles: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1999-11-18/news/9911180290_1_similar-flu-influenza-1918-virus http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC15547/

Performance meets energy efficiency

It's often believed that performance and energy efficiency are issues that should be balanced in order to achieve a specific result. More and more, in recent years this issue has been addressed to with a different perspective and as a result we see technology break throughs like the BMW i8 sports car: "...the first sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car…". We believe the 'new way' of approaching it, instead of suggesting the balance between the two factors, pushes them independently. Performance meets energy efficiency. Unbalanced: Push one to its limits, then push the other. Observe. Repeat. We would like to share an article written by our CEO in which he explains 'our way' and states that with our new technology you don't have to choose between one another. You can have both. Performance meets energy efficiency: they dance, we host. Read the article here.  

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