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Heating mantles: Avoiding momentous mistakes

New safety regulations for electrical laboratory equipment

Heating mantles: Avoiding momentous mistakes

06/18/2018 - Heating mantles are supposed to enable the user to heat liquids safely and quickly – even in cases of (accidental) misapplication. This is now taken into account by a modified EN Standard. And it is of great importance for users to know: a violation may have unexpected consequences read...

Continuous Online Measurement of Viable Cell Density for Improved Process Insight

Bioprocessing

Continuous Online Measurement of Viable Cell Density for Improved Process Insight

06/08/2018 - Online measurement with methods such as control of pH and dissolved oxygen are common for most biological processes. In fact, many parameters can be monitored but those directly related to cell physiology are time-consuming offline measurements that only provide a reactionary window into the past. Learn how to increase yield and decrease effort with innovative sensors. read...

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The Quest for the Holy Grail of Bio-Based Products

Trend Report: Bio-Based Products

The Quest for the Holy Grail of Bio-Based Products

Because of low crude oil prices, times are hard for bio-based chemicals as they can rarely compete with their fossil counterparts pricewise and cannot even play a trump card in the matter of climate change. Nevertheless, industry and academia are developing bio-based processes fervently and with the prerequisite that the products must not be more expensive than conventional ones. read...

Hazardous Materials Cabinet Ready For 4.0

Hazardous Material Management 4.0

Hazardous Materials Cabinet Ready For 4.0

Say goodbye to the image of the hazardous material cabinet hiding sticky bottles. The Karlstein-based specialist Düperthal supplies cabinet systems that are real brainboxes: Digitally networked and equipped with the finest in sensor technology, they slot effortlessly into a digital logistics chain, making them a further element of the Chemical factory 4.0. read...

Ecologically Harmless Insect Repellent

Germany: Biodegradable Crop Protection

Ecologically Harmless Insect Repellent

Conventional insecticides not only kill pests, they also endanger bees and other beneficial insects, as well as affecting biodiversity in soils, lakes, rivers and seas. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed an alternative: A biodegradable agent that keeps pests at bay without poisoning them. read...

Fuels from CO2 and Electricity

Germany: Renewable Fuels

Fuels from CO2 and Electricity

The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg (ifeu) is taking part in the e-For-Fuel research and innovation action. The project wants to provide a sustainable replacement of fossil fuels by using electricity and microorganisms to convert CO2 into renewable fuels. read...

Nanoplastics Could Contaminate Food Chains

Singapore: Plastic Nanoparticles

Nanoplastics Could Contaminate Food Chains

Plastic nanoparticles — tiny pieces of plastic less than one micrometre in size — could potentially contaminate food chains, and ultimately affect human health, according to a recent study by scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS). They discovered that nanoplastics are easily ingested by marine organisms, and they accumulate in the organisms over time, with a risk of being transferred up the food chain, threatening food safety and posing health risks. read...

New Technology for Enzyme Design

Germany: Sugar Polymers

New Technology for Enzyme Design

Scientists at the University of Würzburg have chemically modified the enzyme levansucrase using a new method. The enzyme can now produce sugar polymers that are interesting for applications in the food industry and medicine. read...

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