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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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The Bizarre Behaviors of Bath Salt Addicts

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Despite being banned in the US in 2011 and made illegal in the UK by 2016, both countries are still struggling to halt the spread of bath salts and the deranged damage they can cause. So, what exactly are bath salts? And, more to the point, what chemicals do they actually contain?

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What Makes Kimchi So Delicious?

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It’s the fermented food most requested by you, the viewers! What makes kimchi sour and spicy, yet also surprisingly rich and buttery? This week on Reactions, it’s the chemistry of kimchi.

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Can I Still Eat This?

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Reactions gets into the chemistry/science of expired foods and how expiration dates are lying to us.

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Could Gut Microbes from Healthy Infants Treat Milk Allergy?

Could Gut Microbes from Healthy Infants Treat Milk Allergy?

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Gut microbes from healthy human infant donors transplanted into mice protected animals exposed to milk from experiencing allergic reactions.

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Marine Bacterium Reveals How Cells Control Toxic Metals
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An ocean-dwelling bacterium has provided fresh insights into how cells protect themselves from the toxic effects of metal ions such as iron and copper.

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The Trouble With Tasting
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Geographic location is a factor affecting how Canadian wine experts rate quality, as well as some of wine’s sensory attributes — things like balance and acidity.

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Electricity-producing Bacteria Identified Using Microfluidic Technique
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Microbes screened with a new microfluidic process might be used in power generation or environmental cleanup.

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Building Blocks for a Greener Future
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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How Advances in Mass Spectrometry Are Helping the Food and Beverage Industry
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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Bioengineering and Food Labeling Requirements
Bioengineering and Food Labeling Requirements
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In a move aimed to make the origins of food more transparent for consumers, the USDA have launched new rulings regarding the labeling requirements for bioengineered ingredients – but what does this mean for producers, retailers and consumers?

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What are the Ingredients of a Banana?
What are the Ingredients of a Banana?
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‘Chemicals’ in foods have become a major cause for concern amongst consumers over the last few decades. But are ‘natural’ ingredients really any better?

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Shedding Light on Wine Fraud with NMR Fingerprinting
Shedding Light on Wine Fraud with NMR Fingerprinting
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Wine forgery, including adulteration, counterfeiting (e.g. mislabeling/misrepresentation) and intellectual property infringement, takes place on a global scale, but is on the rise in central Europe. To help in the fight against fraud, the industry are turning to NMR fingerprinting to stamp out the problem.

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Insects – THE New Animal Feed in the EU
Insects – THE New Animal Feed in the EU
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The world population increases and so does the need for food. In order to breed more livestock, naturally, more animal feed is necessary but production of protein rich feed, such as soy and fishmeal are damaging the environment. Several alternatives have been proposed but one in particular seems very promising: insects!

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