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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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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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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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Why Gold Nanoparticles Offer a Bright Future for Diagnostics and Healthcare
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Today, nanoparticle research is one of the fastest-growing scientific fields, and one in which exciting new discoveries abound.

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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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Novel UPLC - MS/MS Method Detects Mycotoxin, Ochratoxin A, in Food Products
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A team of scientists have designed a simplified, sensitive test that can identify the mycotoxin ochratoxin A in food products, which can cause serious harm if ingested.

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Rapid Detection of Designer Drugs Presents Challenges for Law Enforcement and Forensic Toxicology
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The rise of designer drugs is creating new challenges for both law enforcement and forensic toxicology laboratories, leading to new methods to identify and combat the often-deadly substances.

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Types of Pollution: Have You Considered Pharmaceutical Waste?
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Despite regulation and legislation regarding the methods by which pharmaceutical companies must treat waste water, reports indicate that manufacturers are continuing to discharge untreated or inappropriately treated waste into the environment. The problem is having devastating impacts on human health, the environment and antimicrobial resistance is soaring.

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Emerging Contaminants in Water: Sources, Effects and Treatments
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Few could argue that water is not one of the most precious resources on the planet. Water contaminants are emerging from some surprising sources that threaten the health and welfare of humans, animals and the ecosystem. Consequently, novel approaches must be taken to try and combat the growing issue.

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