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Why Insect Meal Will Be the New Feed for Animals in Aquaculture
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Insects as a viable animal feed have been receiving increasing recognition due to their high energy and protein content. With changes in legislation enabling some insect species to be used in feed for animals in aquaculture, we take a look at the current picture.

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Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science
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We recently spoke with Jessica Wade, PhD, a physicist at Imperial College London to learn more about her extraordinary efforts to raise the profile of female scientists and other underrepresented groups in science.

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The Freshwater Fish Crisis
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Shark and chips, anyone? Recent investigations have found that species of endangered shark are routinely being sold to unwitting customers in UK fish and chip shops. With a third of freshwater fish at risk of extinction, our demand for the classic British dish isn’t the only thing impacting aquatic populations. Here, the current threats to freshwater fish are discussed.

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Emerging Technologies in Combating Foodborne Illness
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Rapid and accurate detection of foodborne pathogens is essential to prevent foodborne illnesses and to mitigate the associated economic losses. We take a look at some of the technological advances that are helping to make this happen.

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Pharmaceutical R&D Powered by MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging
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In order to design and develop new pharmaceutical compounds, the distribution of drugs and their metabolites in tissues must be determined. The emergence of advanced mass spectrometry techniques, such as MALDI imaging, have been pivotal in advancing the field.

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A Renaissance for Microflow Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry?
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First developed in the 1970s, recent developments are making microflow liquid chromatography techniques more robust – enticing researchers to revisit the opportunities it offers for more sensitive, high-throughput analyses requiring smaller sample volumes than standard flow techniques.

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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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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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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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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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