Biosafety and the Agents of Doom

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To combat harmful pathogens it is vitally important that scientists have facilities available that enable them to work on them safely. These facilities should prevent the operator from becoming infected with the agent they are working with and prevent the organism from escaping the laboratory setting and potentially initiating new outbreaks of disease.

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Sport Doping Screening in Biological Matrices by Multi-Dimensional LC-QToF

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This work evaluated the performance of 2D LC variant using a QToF setup instead of a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer for the analysis of drug of abuse in urine targeting low and sub ppb level.

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UPS Ensures a Stable Outlook for Diamond Light Source

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Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron facility and is used by over 7,000 researchers from both academia and industry to conduct essential experiments that keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research. Due to the sensitive nature of the equipment, it is therefore imperative that a stable power supply is maintained to the equipment.

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Air Quality Monitoring

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The quality of the air we breathe is of concern to many, as are the negative impacts that pollutants can have on health in the short term and the lasting effects. Many of us have the potential to come into contact with air contaminants in our day to day lives, so it is vital that efficient monitoring measures are in place to keep us from harm.

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How 2D-LC is Used in Forensic Science at Boston University Medical School - Behind the Science

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The focus of a forensic toxicology laboratory is to determine the presence or absence of drugs in biological samples. Often times when it comes to drug testing, the sensitivity of the analytical method is critical because scientists need to detect chemical compounds in very small amounts. Multidimensional liquid chromatography (2DLC) is one option forensics labs can use to test biological samples, such as urine, blood, oral fluid, hair, to determine if an illicit drug or toxin played a role in a person's death.

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Smart Solutions to Limit Greenhouse Gases

Smart Solutions to Limit Greenhouse Gases

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Researchers are looking into zero-emission greenhouses and clever ways of shaping livestock farming, land use and forest and nature management with the aim of cutting greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and land use.

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Synthetic Material That Detects Enzymatic Activity
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Scientists integrate protein and polymer building blocks to create stimulus-responsive systems

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Interface with Water Key to Pollutant Removal
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Researchers are studying how the interfaces between materials and water continue to play a key role in advancing water treatment technologies.

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Processed Meats Associated with Manic Episodes
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Analysis of over 1,000 people with and without psychiatric disorders has shown that nitrates—chemicals used to cure meats such as beef jerky, salami, hot dogs and other processed meat snacks—may contribute to mania, an abnormal mood state.

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From Metabolite to Biomarker: Mass Spectrometry in Diagnostics
From Metabolite to Biomarker: Mass Spectrometry in Diagnostics
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Professor Alain van Gool, Professor of Personalized Healthcare at Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc), in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, helps oversee Radboudumc’s 19 Technology Centers, which span multiple aspects of biomedical science. He also has a rather more specialized position as head of the Translational Metabolic Laboratory (TML).

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Strawberry’s Properties are More than Skin Deep
Strawberry’s Properties are More than Skin Deep
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Everyone loves a perfectly ripe strawberry, right? They count towards your five a day and contain important nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. But what if science could help breeders make them even better?

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CO<sub>2</sub> Shortage Highlights that It’s Not Always the Bad Guy
CO2 Shortage Highlights that It’s Not Always the Bad Guy
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Say the words “carbon dioxide” to many people and often the first connotations that come to mind are negative things like emissions and global warming. Many governments around the globe are going to great lengths to reduce harmful emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2), which remain worryingly high. However, believe it or not, a CO2 shortage is currently causing havoc in many areas of the food and beverage industry.

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The Power of Nanopores for Understanding Proteins -Part 1
The Power of Nanopores for Understanding Proteins -Part 1
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We spoke to Professor Giovanni Maglia, group leader in chemical biology at the University of Groningen, about the progress he and his team have been making in turning nanopore technology to solving protein questions.

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Safe Guarding Your Food from Harmful Microorganisms and the Impact of Our Changing Climate
Safe Guarding Your Food from Harmful Microorganisms and the Impact of Our Changing Climate
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Prevention and detection of harmful microorganisms within the food industry, be it in your own kitchen, during the production chain or right back at the producer is imperative to keeping consumers healthy. Changes occurring in our climate are also causing shifts in the niches inhabited by microbes, and scientists must keep ahead of the game to prevent emerging issues.

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The Future of Nanopore Sequencing in the World of Proteins – Part 2
The Future of Nanopore Sequencing in the World of Proteins – Part 2
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Nanopore sequencing is now proving to a be a fruitful field for elucidating proteins as it has previously for DNA sequencing. However, it is yet to reach the point that DNA technologies have and there are still challenges to overcome and mysteries to solve. Here we talk to Professor Giovanni Maglia, group leader in chemical biology at the University of Groningen, about his group’s recent work in the area, the challenges they are working towards and the future of the field.

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