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Alexander Beadle has been working as a freelance science writer since 2017 and has written for Technology Networks and its sister publication Analytical Cannabis since 2018. Alexander holds an MChem in materials chemistry from the University of St Andrews, where he won a Chemistry Purdie Scholarship and conducted research into zeolite crystal growth mechanisms and the action of single-molecule transistors.

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Chemical Analysis in the Petrochemicals Sector

Download this listicle to discover the need for petrochemical analysis and how safety and quality standards are maintained using different analysis techniques.

Microplastics: What Do We Know About This Emerging Contaminant?

This article will address the emerging issue of microplastics in our food chain, how they get there, what harm they may be causing and what is being done to detect and prevent or limit them.

Advances in Pesticide Screening Techniques

This article will explore advances in pesticide testing techniques that are helping to protect consumers and the environment from harmful exposures and limit overuse.

What Are ”Forever Chemicals” and How Do We Deal With Them?

This article will consider the problems posed by perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and the techniques key to their detection and control.

Scientists Discover the Origin of Cannabis’ Distinctive Skunk-Like Odor

Scientists have identified the chemicals that cause cannabis’ distinctive skunk-like aroma.
Industry Insight

Can Psilocybin Help Smokers Quit? This Clinical Trial Aims to Find Out

Psilocybin – the primary active ingredient in magic mushrooms – is to be studied in a new clinical trial that will test whether the psychedelic compound can help people quit smoking.

Could Ketamine Help Tackle Gambling Addiction?

Recruitment is now underway for a first-of-its-kind study investigating the potential of ketamine to fight gambling addiction. The new research will look to explore whether ketamine’s effect on human memory might be leveraged to break down the “superstitious thinking” that is common in gambling addiction, as well as lessen the general habit or compulsive urge to gamble.

Developing Food Testing Techniques To Combat Emerging Contaminants

Food contamination is not a new issue; this is why food producers take care to perform risk assessments and to keep their operations as hygienic as possible. But in recent years, the rise of a new class of contaminants has become a major concern to the industry.

Indoor Cannabis Cultivation Leaves a Large Carbon Footprint, Study Finds

Across North America, the rising tide of cannabis legalization has upped the demand for domestic cultivation operations that can provide a consistent product year-round. But what’s been the environmental cost of this boom in indoor, energy-demanding farming? A heavy one, according to one new study.

Ozone Can Break Down THC Left on Surfaces by Thirdhand Cannabis Smoke, Study Finds

A new study reports that ozone, an oxygen molecule present in the atmosphere, can react with the intoxicating THC compound on glass and cotton surfaces to produce new compounds, which the researchers have also characterized for the first time.