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Which of These Mushrooms Could Kill You?

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There are tens of thousands of mushroom species out there, and some of them could kill you. Today we’re going to test how well you can separate the perfectly safe from the perilously poisonous, and dive into the chemistry behind what makes seemingly identical species so different.

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The US Military Gave Out Shark Repellent for Years. . . So Why Did They Stop?

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People have been developing different forms of shark repellent for decades, the military even issued a chemical shark repellent called “Shark Chaser” to pilots, sailors, and astronauts(!) from the end of World War II through the start of the Vietnam War. Thing is… it didn’t really work. Learn why they bothered passing it out, or even created it in the first place.

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How Elemental Analysis Can Help To Protect Foodstuffs Post-Brexit

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Free trade and international migration have given consumers an increased range of specialist foodstuffs, and expectations of product quality have also risen, making the verification of the origins and composition more important than ever before. But how could Brexit impact food authenticity?

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2DLC in Food Safety and Traceability

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With so many potential routes for food contaminants, both natural and otherwise, having the tools to detect them, determine the source of the problem and prevent them from reaching the consumer is therefore vitally important. In this article, we explore how 2DLC is being implemented to improve food safety and contaminant traceability.

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Immune Response Activated by BPA Exposure Crosses Generations

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Although experts say that small amounts of BPA in foods are unlikely to cause problems, some people worry that constant low-level exposures could have health effects. Now researchers have shown that, in mice, BPA activates an immune response that persists for at least three generations.

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Exercise Boosts Memory Like Caffeine
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A new study suggests that exercise can boost working memory as much as caffeine, whilst also potentially reducing the negative effects of caffeine withdrawal.

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Measures To Prevent Urban Sprawl May Be Detrimental to Water Quality
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Urban growth boundaries may actually be increasing water pollution, due to higher-density development, according to a new study.

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Cyanobacteria Important Contributor to Greenhouse Gases
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A new study has shown that climate change has increased the frequency of cyanobacteria blooms, and thus amplified the release of methane from bodies of water into the atmosphere.

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Debunked: Vegan Diets and Health
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We recently asked our readers what they already knew about vegan diets, health and nutrition and what they wanted to know. There were debates, strong opinions and many claims made, but what does the science say?

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Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution: An Interview With Livestock Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam
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The final instalment of Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution is an interview with Dr Alison Van Eenennaam, a livestock geneticist based at the University of California. The focus of her laboratory's research is the utilization of DNA-based biotechnologies in the production of beef cattle and in agricultural systems.

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The Darwin Tree of Life Project Will Have a "Transformative Effect" on Our Understanding of Life on Earth
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The Darwin Tree of Life (DToL) project will sequence the genomes of all 60,000 eukaryotic organisms in the British Isles to better understand how DNA translates to the diversity of life.

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Meet "Mr Christmas Tree", the Scientist Who Researches Christmas Trees All Year Round
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Wouldn't it be grand if it could be Christmas every day? Well, for one researcher, it sort of is. Meet Plant Pathologist and Extension Specialist Professor Gary Chastagner, also commonly referred to as "Mr Christmas Tree", a scientist who researches Christmas trees 365 days a year.

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Biosecurity – From the Horse’s Mouth
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"Biosecurity” encompasses a wide range of important topics, from bioterrorism to invasive alien species of both plants and animals. But for the purposes of this article, we are going to focus on the prevention of outbreaks of disease and how to minimize the spread when they do inevitably happen.

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Data Integrity Non-compliances With Chromatography Data Systems and How To Avoid Them
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Over the past 10-15 years, chromatography data systems (CDS) have been at the center of data integrity issues involving data falsification, resulting in numerous FDA warning letters. In this article, we investigate the main violations cited in FDA warning letters and discuss how to avoid them.

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