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Helping Laboratories Work Toward Sustainability

There is an ever-increasing awareness of the environmental impact of our everyday activities, motivating many industries to assess the environmental impact of their current practices and build strateg...

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Is Battery Technology Just All About Lithium?

As countries across the world accelerate their efforts to move away from fossil fuels, lithium ion batteries have rapidly become established as a key component in the drive to greener energy alternati...

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How to Make Your ICP-OES Analysis More Robust

Inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) has been around since the early 1960s, when Stanley Greenfield’s group at the laboratories of Albright and Wilson Ltd, Birmingham, UK...

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Dear Santa, I’d Really Like an iCAP

Christmas season is upon us – it has been here since the moment Halloween ended. Here in the U.S., Thanksgiving is not even a fully recognized holiday anymore. It’s become the “we’re halfway to Christ...

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Your Toolbox Belongs at Home

I love being a homeowner because it gives me the freedom to take on small home repair projects and makes me a superhero mom to my kids. The other day, my son scraped his knee while playing outside. Wh...

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Software That Won’t Wear on You

How many of you are you familiar with “I, Robot?” No, I’m not referring to the 2004 action, science fiction movie starring the handsome Mr. Will Smith. I’m talking about Isaac Asimov’s collection of s...

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Really, Really Robust. Really.

Athletes, flavor, constitution, someone’s voice, coffee – these are all words that you might expect to be qualified with the word “robust.” It’s a great description and creates a nice word picture. Ho...

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Small in Footprint. Big on Performance.

I found myself laughing uncontrollably as I pulled into the grocery store parking lot last week. I was sitting at the traffic light entrance to the shopping complex when my rearview mirror was suddenl...

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Just 5 Clicks (to Get to a Result)?

We’ve all been there. It’s the first of the month and you have a pile of bills waiting to be paid. The kids are in bed and you sit down at your computer to get them paid before you finish washing dish...

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There’s a Lot to Like About iCAP

With a background as a chemist performing elemental analysis, I can remember an instance when I was rushing to analyze multiple sample sets on my ICP-OES in the same week. I had completed the first se...

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Hey! There’s Lead in My Water!

Is my tap water contaminated with lead? If it is, should I be concerned? How did the lead get into my tap water in the first place? These are questions that the residents of Flint, Michigan are curren...

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Does Hydraulic Fracturing Impact Drinking Water?

The recent report by the US EPA Draft Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources (link to EPA study) states in the executive summary that “...

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Trace Elemental Analysis: Key Terms You Should Know

As summer draws to a close, I’m being inundated with back-to-school advertisements, and I find myself reminiscing fondly about my days as a chemistry graduate student. I looked forward to spending hou...

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Top Four Toxic Metals in Water: Facts and Testing

Analyzing the metals in our environmental waters is important because many heavy metals pose a serious threat to our health. Among the WHO’s 10 chemicals of major Public Health concern, four are metal...

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