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GC-MS – News and Features

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Ancient Cooking Pots Tell Us What the People of Neolithic China Really Ate

A study of food residues found in ancient pottery has shown what the people of ancient China ate, which included millet, rice, yellow croaker and mandarin fish.
Petrochemical plant

Why Do We Need Effective Testing Methods in the Petrochemical Industry?

Petrochemicals are ubiquitous in modern-day society. In this article, we explore the need for chemical analysis in the petrochemicals sector and the use of techniques such as gas chromatography and trace element analysis to achieve this.
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Scientists Test Out New Method for Identifying Small Microplastics

Researchers have now developed an innovative analytical method that combines different specialized techniques, including flow cytometry, to characterize and count microplastics.
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Industry Insight

Achieving Sustainability in the Food and Beverage Industry

In this interview, Dr. Lorna De Leoz, global food segment director at Agilent Technologies, highlights practical advice to make a food and beverage lab more sustainable. She also discusses the role of metrics when establishing sustainability goals and how vendors can work with labs to ensure they achieve these goals.
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Industry Insight

What Does Sustainability Accreditation Really Mean for Scientific Companies?

With growing sustainability demands, companies are looking for ways to demonstrate their green credentials. We spoke to Dr. Michael Frank to find out what ACT accreditation means for a company and why he thinks schemes like this are so important.
An array of meat, fish, nuts, fruit and vegetables.

New Analysis Tools for Detecting Food Fraud

This article will discuss current issues in food authenticity, the potential safety implications and the techniques proving pivotal in detecting and preventing fraudulent products from reaching consumers.
A battery being assembled by two robotic arms.

The Importance of Battery Materials Analysis

Batteries must be carefully scrutinized to ensure that they are safe for use. This article will discuss the role that battery materials analysis plays in maintaining the safety and quality of existing batteries and in the development of new and improved types.
Orange and green bubbles.

VOC Metabolomics in Model Animals Improved by Advanced GC-MS Method

Volatile organic compounds have been detected in the organs of animal models, using an advanced GC-MS method. The detection of VOCs in human metabolites has the potential to change the way we screen and diagnose organ diseases.
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Fermented Onions Make Plant-Based Meats "Meatier"

Plant-based alternatives such as tempeh and bean burgers provide protein-rich options for those who want to reduce their meat consumption. However, replicating meat's flavors and aromas has proven challenging.
An ancient Egyptian coffin.

Ancient Aroma From Egyptian Mummification Balm Recreated

Using analytical techniques, researchers analyzed balm residues found in two canopic jars from mummification equipment to recreate one of the scents used in the mummification of an important Egyptian woman more than 3500 years ago.