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First Rock from the Sun: MESSENGER's Incredible Findings

June 15, 2015 | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Thanks to a slew of carefully designed scientific instruments on the MESSENGER spacecraft, we now know more than ever about the innermost planet of our solar system. 

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Exploiting the Potential of GPC/SEC for Polymer Analysis

June 29, 2015 7:00 am | by » by Stephen Ball, Product Marketing Manager for Nanoparticle and Molecular Characterization, Malvern Instruments, UK | Articles | Comments

The changing global economic picture, environmental pressures and growing demand for specialist applications are driving the requirement for a new generation of instrumentation for polymer development.

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X-Ray Spec Easily Analyzes Battery Components

June 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Tim Nunney, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Waltham, Mass. | Articles | Comments

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy allows the intricate depth profiling of lithium batteries, revealing information on components and chemistries that can improve overall performance.

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Cannabis Testing Opens Up a Whole New Market

June 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Given recent law and attitude changes in the United States, the cannabis industry is on the rise— which means the cannabis testing industry is likewise growing. From analyzing potency and pesticides to testing for terpenes and residual solvents, chromatography is aptly suited to the analytical needs of the cannabis testing industry.

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Sample System, MALDI Obtain High-res Images

June 22, 2015 5:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments’ iMLayer matrix vapor automated sample treatment (matrix deposition) system provides a precise, high-resolution method for high spatial resolution imaging mass spectrometry.

EDXRF Analyzers Measure Across Range of Matrices

June 22, 2015 5:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Applied Rigaku Technologies’ Rigaku NEX QC Quant EZ series of low-cost, high-resolution benchtop energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) elemental analyzers delivers measurements across a diverse range of matrices—from homogeneous liquids of any viscosity to solids, thin films, alloys, slurries, powders and pastes.

Plate is Sturdy Transportation Option

June 22, 2015 5:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Porvair Sciences glass vial storage plate combines 96 borosilicate glass vials of 700 µL into a rigid polypropylene carrier microplate to provide a solution for storage and transportation applications.

Gel Electrophoresis System Analyzes DNA Quickly

June 22, 2015 5:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Qsep100 DNA Analyzer from Precision Biosystems uses micro-capillary gel electrophoresis combined with fluorescence detection to perform post-PCR separation, detect DNA and RNA fragments and assess the quality of genomic DNA.

TOF/MS Easily IDs Unknown Analytes

June 22, 2015 5:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LECO’s Pegasus GC-HRT 4D combines comprehensive GCxGC with high-performance time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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Autosampler Automates SPE Process

June 22, 2015 5:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The HT4000E from HTA is an automated SPE-LC autosampler that combines both SPE automation and HPLC autosampler capability in a single unit.

Gas Analyzers Feature Broad Pressure Range

June 22, 2015 5:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hiden Analytical’s QGA systems are suited for direct real-time analysis, quantification and control of gas-related processes ranging in pressure from 100 mbar to 50 bar.

Series Enables Safer DNA Electrophoresis

June 22, 2015 5:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Safe Series of products from Cleaver Scientific has been designed to make DNA electrophoresis procedures safer, more convenient and more economical.

Gas Analyzers Designed for Gasification Apps

June 22, 2015 5:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Henniker Scientific’s Veraspec range of Molecular Beam Gas Analyzers has been extended to meet the specific demands of reaction monitoring in pyrolysis and gasification research applications.

Chemists Weigh Intact Virus Mixture

June 18, 2015 9:00 am | by Carnegie Mellon Univ. | News | Comments

Chemists have separated and weighed virus particles using mass spectrometry (MS). This is the first time that researchers successfully used matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization MS to analyze a mixture of intact virus particles.

Yeast Protein Network May Shed Light on Human Obesity

June 18, 2015 9:00 am | by Caltech | News | Comments

A team of biologists and a mathematician has identified and characterized a network composed of 94 proteins that work together to regulate fat storage in yeast. The find suggests that yeast could serve as a valuable test organism for studying human obesity.

Mini Laser Performs Real-time Quality Control

June 18, 2015 9:00 am | by Fraunhofer Institute | News | Comments

Good quality and precision are essential– a dictum that also applies to products from the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. While the quality of chemical products is often still being monitored manually during the production process, a laser-based system could take over this task in future, allowing for a continuous monitoring in real time.

Can You Trust that Label?

June 18, 2015 9:00 am | by Jessica Burdg, Contributing Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientific intervention is needed in the growing field of food authenticity to ensure consumers are purchasing exactly what they expect. Food authentication, especially for items such as honey and olive oil, is becoming more prevalent due to a rise in counterfeiting and mislabeling.

Scientists Study Structure of Bacterium in Search for Vaccines

June 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Arizona State Univ. | News | Comments

Tularemia, or rabbit fever, is a severely debilitating and sometimes fatal disease, and the pathogen involved has potential as a biological weapon. To better understand the disease– and to better design potential vaccines– a team looked at a key cellular protein in unprecedented detail.

Research Peers Inside Membrane

June 2, 2015 10:00 am | by SISSA | News | Comments

Little is known about how the proteins forming ion channels– the “pores” on the cell membrane– change when they open and close, especially the portion that is “embedded” in the membrane. Scientists have invented a method, based on the combined and innovative use of known techniques, which allowed them to observe in detail a specific membrane protein and its structural changes.

Research Uncovers Dynamics of Ion Channels

June 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Univ. of Vienna | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a method using infrared spectroscopy and atomistic modeling that will allow researchers to better understand the mechanism behind the extreme ion selectivity and transport properties in ion channels.

Can ‘Eating Healthy’ Work?

June 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Penn State Univ. | News | Comments

A scientist is studying how compounds in food can either promote health or foster disease. His research interests were inspired by the ancient Ayurvedic approach to diet and disease he learned as a child.

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