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GC-MS – News and Features

Waves in the sea.

How Do Microplastics End Up in the Sea?

Tiny plastic particles can be found in the sea air even far from coasts, according to a study recently published in the journal Nature Communications. The microplastics come from partly unexpected sources.
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Even a Modest Increase in Step Count Reduces Risk of Disease and Death

A meta-analysis of 226,889 people from 17 different research projects around the world suggests that the more you walk, the lower your risk of death and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The research is published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
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International Space Station Air Pollutant Study Could Improve Spacecraft Design

A new analysis of spacecraft cabin dust has revealed the presence of numerous potentially dangerous airborne chemical contaminants. This could have implications for future spacecraft design, with some materials being avoided to reduce exposure risk.
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Biological Sex Can Be Identified From Hand Odor

Researchers have determined a person’s biological sex can be confirmed by their hand odor with extreme accuracy, which could assist in forensic investigations when other biometric indicators, such as DNA and fingerprints, are limited or non-existent.
An egg sat in a cardboard egg tray with a suction cup linked to a gas collection pipe stuck to the top of it.

Chicken Eggs Sexed by Scent

Fertilized chicken eggs can be sexed by “sniffing” volatile chemicals emitted through the shell, according to new research.
A snow globe showing a city surrounded by microplastics.

Microplastics: The Snowflakes of the Plastic World

Science writer Kerry Taylor-Smith takes a deep dive into the persistent problem of microplastics.
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Metabolic Changes Could Help To Predict End of Life for Patients With Advanced Lung Cancer

Lung cancer patients can have their risk of dying accurately predicted within the last four weeks of life, a study involving University of Liverpool researchers has shown.
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Chemical Secrets of Ancient Egyptian Mummies Revealed

Analysis of vessels used in the embalming process has revealed how ancient Egyptians were mummified.
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Industry Insight

Leading by Example, Challenging the Sustainability Mindset

We spoke to Darlene Solomon to learn more about improving sustainability in science and Agilent’s commitment to My Green Lab and other sustainability initiatives.
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Quality Control During Drug Development

This article discusses the importance of quality control during drug development and highlights techniques used to confirm the identity and purity of pharmaceutical products.