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.
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.
Sniffing Out New Methods for In-Field Pesticide Detection
This article addresses the issues associated with the global use of pesticides, and some ways in which these can be overcome.
Study Finds THC Can Help Prevent Colon Cancer in Mice
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may be able to prevent the development of colon cancers, say researchers from the University of South Carolina.
Advances in Pesticide Residue Analysis
Across the globe, cannabis is slowly becoming more widely accepted as a useful medicinal product and a mainstream commercial good. But with this comes an increased need for better safety testing, standardization, and quality control.
The Evolution of Cannabis Testing
This article takes a looks at past trends and current challenges in the cannabis industry, and hints at what the future may hold.
How Are Scientists Tackling Difficult Drinking Water Contaminants?
For some drinking water contaminants, ordinary treatments are not enough. In this article, we explore how researchers are applying advances throughout the scientific field to tackle some of the most complex challenges in managing drinking water contamination.
Don’t Use THC Vapes, Says FDA, As Lung Injury Toll Tops 1000
In light of the vaping-related lung disease outbreak across the US, the Food and Drug Administration is strengthening its consumer warnings for vape products.
What Is Science Telling Us About Soil Testing and Treatment?
Just as soil testing is important to the farmer, working to improve upon current soil testing methods is important to the agricultural scientist. By ensuring that farmers and agricultural workers have access to the best possible soil testing tools, they will then be more able to protect and improve the health of their land as needed.
Alternative Pesticide Screening Techniques for the Agricultural Industry
The development of technical grade pesticides has enabled farmers to reduce crop losses, but it is important to recognize that pesticides are toxic by design, and so it is also important to have sufficient technology to monitor their presence in our produce and on our farmland. We take a look at some alternative techniques that are being applied to this issue.
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.