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How Do Scientists Know if Plastic Containers are BPA-free? | Behind the Science, S3 Ep5

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How do consumer packaging companies test their products to maintain "BPA-free" label claims? VICAM, a division of Waters that develops rapid diagnostics and laboratory sample prep technologies for testing quality and safety in food and agriculture, has a new fit-for-purpose BPA test that pairs immunoaffinity chromatography to extract and elute BPA for subsequent measurement by LC-MS/MS.

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Your Fingerprints Reveal More than You Think

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Our fingerprints are what make us unique -- but they're also home to a world of information hidden in molecules that reveal our actions, lifestyles and routines.

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Neuroscience at Super-Resolution [Image Gallery]

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A gallery of beautiful images of brain cells at the sub-micron level.

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ELN, LIMS, CDS, LES: What’s the Difference?

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In this article, we look at the key differences between four common types of informatics systems. CSols Inc. is an independent informatics consultancy, and their Delivery Manager, Geoff Turnbull, will help us answer some important questions on the role these systems play, where they overlap with each other, and why we don’t just have one overarching system to rule them all.

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Halting Inflammation at the Flick of a Switch

Halting Inflammation at the Flick of a Switch

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A novel regulator of the immune system has been identified that deactivates the innate immune system and could prevent certain diseases caused by an excessive activation of the immune system.

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Novelty in Plants: The Effects of Genome Doubling
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Researchers examine the effects of genome doubling on cell biology and the generation of novelty in plants.

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The 17 Different Ways Your Face Conveys Happiness
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Human beings can configure their faces in thousands and thousands of ways to convey emotion, but only 35 expressions actually get the job done across cultures, a new study has found.

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Making Plastic from Poo!
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A new, fossil-free bioplastic is emerging. According to lab experiments, it is more durable than both regular plastic and other bioplastics, and is potentially better suited for recycling.

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Microglia Transmit Pain to the Brain During Stress

Microglia Transmit Pain to the Brain During Stress

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Chronic pain is a multifaceted disorder that causes profound disability worldwide. It has long been known that psychological stress contributes to adverse chronic pain outcomes in patients, but it is unclear how this is initiated or amplified by stress. Now, researchers have published results showing that activation of microglia in the mouse spinal cord is responsible for increased pain sensitivity in response to stress.

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Building Blocks for a Greener Future
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At a time when plastic use is coming under great scrutiny, what are LEGO, whose foundations are built on plastic products, doing to alleviate the problem? We spoke to Tim Brooks, VP Environmental Responsibility for LEGO Group about their commitment to use sustainable materials in core products and packaging by 2030.

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Mass Spectrometry’s Important Role in Identifying Explosives in the Environment
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Explosives, especially when not contained or disposed of correctly, pose a significant hazard to humans, wildlife and the ecosystem. Having the tools to be able to identify their presence and state are therefore key to combating the issue. We spoke to Stanislaw Popiel about the game-changing role that mass spectrometry is playing in the process and some of the challenges that still lie ahead.

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How Advances in Mass Spectrometry Are Helping the Food and Beverage Industry
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Mass spectrometry is an important tool for many industries, not least in ensuring the safety of our food and beverages. Hazards ranging from pesticides, to heavy metals and toxins can be identified using the technology, even if they are only present in minute quantities. Here Jenny Nelson tells us how advances in mass spectrometry have improved analysis potential and the important role it has played and will continue to play in ensuring the safety of the beverage industry.

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