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Beverage Testing Part 1: Complex Cannabinoids – Overcoming the Challenges of Cannabis Beverage Analysis

This is the first of a two-part series to discuss the rapidly evolving market for cannabis-based beverages. Here, ways in which cannabis labs can leverage powerful analytical technologies to help ensure novel products meet consumer safety and quality demands will be detailed.
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How New Technology Is Simplifying Solid Sample Analysis

For years, cost and instrument limitations have prohibited many commercial applications of mass spectrometry, but now, a breakthrough in laser ablation laser ionization (LALI) technology has overcome many of these challenges as well as improved technical capabilities.
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Alpine Glacier Reveals 12th Century Lead Pollution as Bad as Industrial Revolution

Air pollution from lead mines in C12th Britain was as bad as it was during the Industrial Revolution and exactly maps the comings and goings of England’s Kings, a new world-first study has shown.
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Industrial Metals Tracked in the Environment by Analyzing Honey and Salmon

Scientists have combined analyses from honey and salmon to show how lead from natural and industrial sources gets distributed throughout the environment.
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Detecting Rare Earth Metals

A more efficient and cost-effective way to detect lanthanides, the rare earth metals used in smartphones and other technologies, could be possible with a new protein-based sensor that changes its fluorescence when it binds to these metals.
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Modifying Rice Preparation Could Reduce Harmful Arsenic

Contamination of rice with arsenic is a major problem in some regions of the world, now researchers have found a way to reduce the problem by modifying processing methods at traditional, small-scale parboiling plants.
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Nanomaterials in Wastewater: Emerging Contaminant or Promising Treatment?

One of the most exciting fields opening up as a result of efforts to identify new or unforeseen hazards to our waterways and effective methods for treating contaminated wastewater and industrial effluents is the study of nanomaterials and nanotechnology; both as an emerging contaminant in industrial effluents, and a potentially useful tool for water filtration and purification.
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“X-ray Vision” Reveals Ancient Rock Art

“X-ray vision” has been used to gain brand-new insights about the layers of paint in rock art in Texas without the needless damage of traditional techniques.
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Where do Continents Come From?

If researchers conclusions are correct, every piece of land that we are now sitting on started off somewhere like the Andes or Tibet, with very mountainous surfaces.
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How Advances in Mass Spectrometry Are Helping the Food and Beverage Industry

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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