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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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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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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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The Power of ITEX

In the world of the solventless microextraction techniques for volatile organic compounds, the In-Tube Extraction (ITEX) is probably not the most popular one, but definitely the most versatile. Do you...

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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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What is in my medicine?

When we are sick we rely heavily on chemistry to quickly restore our health and make us fully operational again. I've been experiencing this for a couple of weeks now, trying to eradicate resistant ba...

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I Love Science Because…

When I thought about who to profile for this blog, my colleague Chuck Kazarian came to mind. Chuck is an Applications Chemist within our Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry Center of Excellence. Admi...

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One Hot Summer and a Glimpse into the Future

For maximum effect, I probably should have written this on October 21st 2015, but I’d like to take you back to the future. Or rather, back to a time when I shared a glimpse of the future, with my coll...

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What’s Your Poison?

What's your poison? It is one of those phrases people often use without stopping to think about the meaning (an English idiom: used to ask somebody what they’d like to drink). It is thought to origina...

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Fracking and Regulation: A Controversial Issue

If you’ve been watching the presidential candidate debates over the past several weeks and news over the past several years, you’ve probably heard the term ‘fracking’ come up at least once. Fracking i...

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Little Green Chromeleon Monsters Inside Your Lab

We have a green animal in our company that we all love and cherish. Most humans are not fond of lizards, and it is true that chameleons are not the cuddliest type of animals compared to kittens or pup...

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