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How to Detect Adulterated Milk Fat

Food products with high market value, like milk, honey, oil and meat, are more susceptible to adulteration. This is a long-term problem affecting the food industry, and difficult to control — especial...

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GC and GC-MS Evolution Enables Greater Uptime and Efficiency

Analytical testing laboratories across a variety of sectors, including food, environmental, industrial and pharma, can now meet their ever-increasing efficiency and productivity needs with a collectio...

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Gas Chromatographers: Mark Your Calendars to Stay Ahead

The wait is nearly over. The GC-GC/MS team at Thermo Fisher Scientific is excited about the upcoming Innovation Summit, and I’m proud to be part of it. The virtual event, happening 8 March, will showc...

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A Typical Day in a GC Lab and What Can Go Wrong

This blog post will explore a typical day in a gas chromatography (GC) lab and all that could go wrong. We know that these days, when your coworkers go on vacation, suddenly somebody else must take ov...

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The Rapid Growth of Lithium Batteries

The first of many ambitious goals from the recent UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow is to secure global net zero emissions by midcentury. It translates to a strong acceleration toward th...

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The TriPlus 500 HS Family Grows

It was Pittcon 2019 when the Thermo Scientific™ TriPlus 500 Headspace Autosampler was introduced to the market of volatiles organic compounds (VOC) sampling for GC and GC-MS. Thermo Scientific TriPlus...

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Innovation Summit Call for Abstracts Extended to 31 July

The deadline for oral and poster presentation submission for the Innovation Summit has been extended to 31 July to allow you more time to share with us and your colleagues what YOU'VE been doing. In S...

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A Closer Look into Microplastics

Courtesy of IS-X.Why is plastic — having a lifespan of several hundred years or more — widely used for disposable tools and containers? This is a paradoxical question that is hard to answer, but it pr...

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When Smoky Wines Don’t Taste Good!

Many people like a certain flavor of smokiness in food and alcoholic beverages, and certain types of wines aged in toasted oak barrels are appreciated for their smoky notes. However, the sensation is ...

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Productivity and Results Defensibility for Forensic Labs

Chromatographers dealing with volatile compound determination know very well how popular the static headspace technique is in many application fields since it offers benefits of ease-of-use, low cost ...

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Fighting COVID-19? The Double Face of Ethylene Oxide (EO)

The current worldwide pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives, which we are struggling to bring back to what we consider ‘normal.’ We have seen an impact on our social habits, our way of worki...

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Match the Goals of Automated Sample Prep for GC Analysis

In a previous blog post, I commented on the opportunity to use modern robotic technology to make our life easier by automating low-value routine activities. Doesn’t matter if it is for housekeeping du...

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How GC-FID Can Support the COVID-19 Emergency

What we learned very well during the COVID-19 pandemic is how important it is to wash our hands frequently and keep everything around us cleaned and sanitized. Nevertheless, this only reminded us and ...

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What do you know about High Temperature Static Headspace?

The characterization of the volatile fraction of a liquid or solid sample is definitely a field of gas chromatography coupled to headspace sampling technique. Static or dynamic or through SPME enrichm...

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Helium Shortage 3.0

“Helium Shortage 3.0 will likely ease in the second half of 2020, but that does not mean it’s going away anytime soon – in fact it will remain until 2021.” [www.gasworld.com]During his closing keynote...

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E-cigarettes – Are they really safe?

Are e-cigarettes really less harmful than conventional cigarettes? Influential health organizations have stated that “e-cigarettes are 95% safer than conventional cigarettes.” This claim originated fr...

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Quality Concern Rises Over Valsartan Crisis

In July 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of the presence of unacceptable amounts of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) -- a potential human carcinogenic compound -- in some batches ...

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Robotics in your life? It is possible!

Time is money! And this is particularly true when productivity is of primary concern in any type of activity -- whether in our professional or private life.Can you imagine our future daily life withou...

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