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Deepak Singh is imagining a world where labs are stocked with mobile devices instead of desktops. Though PCs will always be necessary, blogs Singh, will there be a day when these mobile devices can keep track of an experiment's status or be used to update your lab notebook? "I suspect many of my brethren and readers will attribute these thoughts to my gadget lust, which I will plead guilty to, but it’s closer than one might think," he writes.

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