Featured in this issue:      Metrohm  |  Carver, Inc.  |  SynSysCo  |  Hamilton Co.  |  Bronkhorst USA  |  Vogtlin Massflow USA  |  Micromeritics  |  Terra Universal, Inc.  |  Thermo Fisher Scientific – Thermo Scientific Baths, Circulators & Chillers  |  BMT USA, LLC  |  Percival Scientific, Inc.
 
19 August 2014
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Environmental Arsenal Gets Stronger
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Environmental Arsenal Gets Stronger
 
From powerful mass spectrometers to mobile devices, tools available for environmental monitoring are becoming ever more efficient, notes this cover story. Inductively-coupled (IC) mass spectrometry, such as the new NexION 350, is increasingly being used for measuring metals in samples, providing up to 100,000 data points/sec. Agilent's new 7900 ICP-MS (see video) extends the range of environmental applications by letting staff switch easily from trace element analysis for demineralized water to high total dissolved solid digests. Read on for more innovations, including field devices from Ocean Optics for monitoring air, water, and soil in real-time.
 
 
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Straightforward Water Analysis in Liquefied Gases
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Straightforward Water Analysis in Liquefied Gases
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The KF Gas Analyzer is a robustly constructed analysis system for routine water content determination in liquefied and permanent gases. Application examples include:

• Propane, propene, LPG, butane, butene, butadiene
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• CFC, HFC, CHC, fresh and used refrigerants with chiller oil contents
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Quiet Your Space, Save Your Nose
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• Tired of the clatter and mist of oil pumps?
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Your lab will benefit from our quiet and oil-free dry pumps.

Our Neo-Dry and DVSL lines handle your condensable vapor processes, and our ISP line handles your air and inert gas processes.
 
 
 
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A Reliable and Cost-effective Solution to Sample Preparation
Hamilton Co.
 
The Hamilton Microlab® 600 diluters and dispensers are highly precise syringe pumps designed to quickly and easily dispense and dilute liquids. This positive displacement system provides better than 99% accuracy, independent of liquid viscosity, vapor pressure, and temperature. The inert fluid path minimizes sample carry over and improves compatibility with harsh chemicals.
 
 
A Reliable and Cost-effective Solution to Sample Preparation
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
Siemens PLM Software
 
Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Clinical & Research Labware . . .
 
 
Sample Processing Made Easier
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Sample Processing Made Easier
 
Targeting and amplifying nucleic acids is crucial to molecular biology. But the traditional manual method for size selection and characterization of samples — electrophoresis — has become increasingly burdensome as labs process high volumes of samples. Manual processes for gel-based size selection also can cause sample-to-sample result deviation. Learn about an automated solution, the Microlab® NIMBUS® Select workstation, which can size-select as many as 96 samples in a single run.
 
 
 
 
Food Industry's Prime Safety Tool
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Food Industry's Prime Safety Tool
 
Reports from FoodQuality magazine underscore the food industry's increasing reliance on mass spectrometry to ensure quality during processing. Example: Bruker's new Impact II, a quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometer that especially targets labs with high volumes of pesticide screening. The system comes with a database of pesticides and automated software for data analysis and data reporting. And see these two new Waters benchtop mass spectrometers designed for quantitative and qualitative analysis in food safety applications.
 
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Test Before You Dive
 
With warm weather comes more time at the swimming pool, and this Environmental Technology article evaluates methods for analyzing potentially harmful urea concentration in pool water. Read about studies in Finland, which showed that the enzamatic method produces the most accurate results to keep urea concentration below 0.8 mg/l. Such analyzers as Thermo Scientific's Gallery or Aquakem (see video) can produce more than a hundred results per hour.
 
 
 
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Pocket-size Anthrax Detector
 
Sandia National Labs has developed an anthrax detector that is the size of a credit card, reports Dark Daily, which also cites other examples of such mini-labs. Designed especially for use in developing countries where medical laboratories are scarce, the BaDx detector relies on a lateral flow assay and magnetically operated valves to move the sample from stage to stage. Estimated cost per test: $6, versus $30 for traditional lab processing.
 
 
 
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Rotameter or Mass Flow Meter?
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Rotameter or Mass Flow Meter?
Vogtlin Massflow USA
 
Rotameters for laboratory use are very popular. The advantages in daily practice are convincing: cost-effective, easy handling, maintenance-free, and independent operation. Certain applications require measurement accuracy, with respect to pressure and temperature independence, which cannot be achieved with conventional rotameters. That's where the battery powered mass flow meters come into their own.
 
 
 
 
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Download Our Latest Life Sciences Product Catalog
Terra Universal, Inc.
 
Terra Universal's Life Sciences Facilities catalog features laboratory solutions for scientists and researchers working with sensitive materials in regulated environments. Review our ISO-rated rooms and furnishings, along with hoods, gloveboxes, and other equipment suited for cGMP, FDA, USP, and other applications. Download Terra's product catalog.

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VersaCool™ Refrigerated Circulating Bath
Thermo Fisher Scientific – Thermo Scientific Baths, Circulators & Chillers
 
The Thermo Scientific™ VersaCool™ refrigerated circulating bath featuring headless technology maximizes results and sample integrity while minimizing space. Designed from the ground up, we removed the control head to create more space, added smarter remote monitoring capabilities, global voltage input, and other tools and features to give you control and optimal precision.
 
 
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Drug Counterfeiters Beware
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Drug Counterfeiters Beware
 
Field testing has begun in Ghana on a new screening device designed to rapidly detect counterfeit antimalarial medicines. Called the CD-3+, the handheld, battery-operated tool illuminates a product with a variety of wavelengths of light to provide a visual comparison of an unverified product with an authentic sample (see video). The detector was developed by scientists at the FDA's Forensic Chemistry Center in Ohio. See also this editorial on malaria's persistent threat.
 
 
 
 
Coming: Improved Biomarker Analysis
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Coming: Improved Biomarker Analysis
 
Detecting biomarkers in patients facing illnesses like cancer or malaria is key to treatment strategies. Yet current cell-sorting methods, based on analyzing chemical properties, can be deceiving, since two cells can have very similar chemical properties but different physical properties. Read about what could be a more reliable biomarker detector now being proposed by Swedish researchers. Their solution: a microfluidic device that would sort cells according to their elasticity.
 
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Waging War on Microbes
 
Labs in many settings, including pharmaceutical, beverage, and water authorities, must perform microbial limit tests to guard against the release of undetected pathogens that could harm the health of consumers. This article describes the advantages of single-use filtration products that increase the safety and efficiency of microbiological quality control by eliminating the need for disinfection or flaming of the filter support. Pre-filled media dishes also permit touch-free transfer of a membrane onto agar.
 
 
 
Waging War on Microbes
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DNA Tests in Your Home?
 
If a company called Exogen Biotechnology can negotiate the FDA approval process, consumers could one day buy a kit to test for damaged DNA. The company's new diagnostic test analyzes a blood sample to determine how much DNA damage has occurred from environmental factors like toxins and UV light, or from poor lifestyle choices like smoking. Exogen also claims to have developed technology to quantify the type of DNA damage, called double-strand breaks.
 
 
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Higher Rates of Heating, Shorter Drying Times
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Higher Rates of Heating, Shorter Drying Times
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The Venticell utilizes a patented air flow system to achieve very accurate temperature distribution within the chamber. A central fan in the top forces air through computer-engineered precision air ports located in the air distribution plates within the chamber. This leads to higher rates of heating/shorter drying times. See features here.
 
 
 
 
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Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission, and available from IHS, this 122-page standard covers electrical insulating gloves and mitts. Composite gloves and products to be used with over-gloves are described.

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Detection of Salmonella
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Detection of Salmonella
 
This international standard, now available from IHS, specifies a horizontal method for detecting Salmonella. The standard applies to the following: products intended for human consumption and the feeding of animals; environmental samples in food production and food handling; and samples from the primary production stage. An annex to this document includes additional culture steps for detecting Salmonella Typhi and Salmonella Paratyphi.

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