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Volatile Organic Compounds Are All Around Us

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and semi-volatile organic compounds (sVOCs) are all around us, emitted by industrial chimneys and vehicle exhaust pipes, as well as materials such as paints, cleaning...

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The Chemistry of Winemaking: How SPME Can Help

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and...

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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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Sports Doping – How Isotopes Help to Fight the Crime

Performance-enhancing drugs are substances that have the capability to improve performance in humans. In sports those substances are sometimes referred to endogenic aids and one highly popular referen...

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Beautiful Harmony at the Dioxin Conference 2019

2019 marked a very important year for Japan with the start of the new era called Reiwa on May 1st. The new era coincides with the day on which Emperor Akihito's eldest son, Naruhito, ascended the thro...

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With Great Sensitivity Comes Greater Robustness

As the summer movie blockbuster season gets earlier and earlier each year, the onslaught of superheroes is already upon us. One thing that is reiterated in each movie is something along the lines of “...

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Are you detecting the last femtograms in your sample?

Are you convinced that your glass vial is really inert and releases every trace of compound you put in it for further analysis?An instrument -- whether it is an LC or a GC -- will only detect what goe...

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Compliance and Preparedness in Canada’s Cannabis Market

The recent GrowUp Conference in September was not just another gathering of a few thousand conference attendees at just any trade show; it was a key event for the burgeoning Canadian cannabis industry...

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GC-MS Can Tell If You Are a Choc-a-holic

Recently we had the opportunity to collaborate with a major lab in Germany that specializes in analyzing urines for drugs of abuse. The lead pharmacist there showed me her lab and explained in detail ...

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Addressing the Helium Shortage…Again.

Many times I feel like the same problems are presented to me again and again; Problems that were solved years ago. It must have something to do with getting older. Noooo!Please, let me elaborate and s...

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Biohacking: Engineering a Cleaner Future

With today’s increasing demand for resources and a clear trend toward fossil-fuel free, sustainable energy, the world is looking for alternatives. An emerging modern technique that could change the wa...

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Sensitive Phthalate Quantitation in Cooking Oil by GC-MS

We’ve blogged previously about the importance of robust gas chromatography (GC) workflows to ensure food oils are free from pesticides, contaminants and cheaper oil adulterants. But even once the pure...

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