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Tech Solutions for Drinking Water Analysis
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Improved access to clean and safe drinking water is key for health and survival and has been classified as a human right. Here, we take a look at some of the novel solutions, both hi-tech and low-tech, that scientists are designing to help monitor drinking water source safety.

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Why is a Molecule Necessary for Penile Erections Important for Brain Cell Communication?
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New research sheds light on neuronal communication and adds more detail to the current picture of brain cell communication at the synapse, and the role of the messenger molecule nitric oxide.

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Relaxing the Tension Between Publishing and Patenting: The Legal Basis for Tension
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Tension can be felt between the desire to publish and the need to patent, especially in commercially savvy environments such as medical technology and pharmaceuticals. This article discusses the legal rationale behind why publishing early can hinder future patenting opportunities and provides practical tips for avoiding this situation.

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User-friendly, Simple GC's Make Waves in the Cannabis Industry
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We catch up with Andrew James from Ellutia to discuss how and why their 200 Series GC is proving popular for testing potency, flavour profiling, and residual solvents.

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Unease on the High Seas: The Effect of Climate Change on Marine Microbial Ecology
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Microbes play an important role in the marine ecosystem, however, the effects of climate change have the potential to upset this fine balance, leading to increasing issues with cyanobacterial blooms. Exciting work seeks to look at the knock on effects on the marine food web and ways to combat these toxic blooms.

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UHPLC Enables Rapid Quantitation of Native Cannabinoids
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A highly sensitive method for the quantitation of 11 major cannabinoids from cannabis samples has been outlined by researchers at the University of Mississippi.

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Are Carbon Nanotubes a New Asbestos?
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Used in myriad applications and showered with praise by researchers, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are hailed as a "wonder material" for materials science. This lofty position may be jeopardized by a new study that shows CNTs can induce the fatal cancer mesothelioma in the same way as asbestos.

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Chemotyping: Classifying cannabis strains by chemical composition
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Grouping strains by chemotyping may prove useful in ascertaining how strains are related, and the kind of medical benefits you can expect to see with strains from a given chemotype class.

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Making Laser Spectroscopy Portable for On-Site Food Safety Tests
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Those involved in the production, processing and distribution of food know that food safety is not an issue to be taken lightly. Of note, mycotoxins in food are subject to strict legislative limits and therefore their detection and quantification are a key area of interest.

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Mass Spectrometry Based Analysis Reveals the Chemistry of Wine Bouquet
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Scientists have developed an automated dynamic headspace method that can provide a snapshot of the aroma compounds emanated from wine in conditions close to those found during wine tasting. They have then implemented the technique to see how this profile changes over time as it might in the glass during consumption.

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