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GC-MS – News and Features

A collection of tyres.
News

New Method Detects Tire Toxins in Rivers

Scientists at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) have developed a robust method for detecting whether a toxic chemical used in car tyres is present in rivers, streams and lakes, and measuring its concentrations.
Plastic straws turn into smaller and smaller pieces.
News

Study Finds Microplastics in Every Human Placenta Tested

A new study has found microplastics in every human placenta the researchers tested, raising concern about the effect of environmental microplastics on human health.
A bee.
News

Bees Nourish Their Own Gut Bacteria

Bees, just like humans, can home a variety of bacteria in their guts. Most of these microbes, but one, feed on pollen. The outlier feeds off substrates provided by the bee, according to new research.
An old cookpot over a fire.
News

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
Article

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.
A scientist operates a flow cytometer machine.
News

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.
Lab worker holding a small globe made from moss.
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.
Two people in lab coats looking at an ACT label on a piece of analytical chemistry equipment.
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.
Article

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.
Article

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.
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