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Combat food fraud: Meet Misa

Combat food fraud: Meet Misa

What’s on your plate? Food fraud is an ever-present danger around the world. Despite increased regulations, huge scandals still occur regularly, such as deliberately tainted infant formula (2008), or the horse meat affair in the UK due to improper labelling (2013)....

Virus detection using screen-printed electrodes

Virus detection using screen-printed electrodes

With significant global viral outbreaks becoming the norm rather than generational outliers, it is imperative that fast, sensitive, and cost-effective testing is available to the masses. It is only by a concerted effort of testing and tracing that viral outbreaks can...

Measuring herbicides in drinking water

Measuring herbicides in drinking water

It’s springtime in the northern hemisphere, and with rising temperatures comes increased use of herbicides on agricultural crops and in public spaces. In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a report which stated that one such...

Photometric complexometric titration

Photometric complexometric titration

…and how to choose the right wavelength for indicationComplexometric titration was discovered in 1945 when Gerold Schwarzenbach observed that aminocarboxylic acids form stable complexes with metal ions, which can change their color by addition of an indicator. From...

A History of Chemistry – Part 4

A History of Chemistry – Part 4

This article is the final installment in our four-part series on the history of chemistry. Did you miss the others? Don’t worry – you can find them all here:The industrialization of electrochemistry Michael Faraday (1791–1867) had a modest upbringing. He was 14 years...

A History of Chemistry – Part 3

A History of Chemistry – Part 3

This article is the third in our four-part series on the history of chemistry. Missed the first two? Don’t worry – you can read both of them here:Chemistry and society: An explosive pair It is the early 19th century, and industrialization in Europe is in full swing....

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