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Date registered: 27/06/2012

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  1. What’s new in measurement? — 01/11/2012
  2. Selenium supplements — 12/10/2012
  3. Size Matters! Solving nanoparticle toxicity challenges — 23/07/2012
  4. Football – the beautiful game…made even more so by science — 12/06/2012
  5. A trip to our scientific past – some nostalgic, funny & fascinating pics! — 18/05/2012

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Nov 01

What’s new in measurement?

At LGC we love measurement science, but realise it’s not to everyone’s tastes! So we’ve developed Catalyst, a newsletter that takes the vast discipline of metrology and makes it more digestible. In this issue discover how LGC is applying leading-edge science and the development of improved measurement procedures to underpin some of the most challenging …

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Oct 12

Selenium supplements

There are many challenges facing supplement manufacturers to ensure the safe and responsible developement of  food supplements. Selenium, in particular, has become increasingly recognised in recent years and an essential mineral  to human health, and studies suggest that fortified foods can offer potential health benefits. However, there is a fine balance between toxic and beneficial …

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Jul 23

Size Matters! Solving nanoparticle toxicity challenges

You may be surprised to learn that nanoparticles are already incorporated in over 1300 commercial products from food and consumer products to electronics, automotive and medical products. With the 2012 Olympic Games fast approaching, news of how nanotechnology can revolutionise sport has hit the headlines, raising questions as to where the line should be drawn …

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Jun 12

Football – the beautiful game…made even more so by science

Love football or hate it, unless you’ve been hibernating the last few days, you will undoubtedly be aware that England got their Euro 2012 campaign up underway last night when they took on France in Donetsk. It was certainly a mixed game, with varied post-match commentary: “It is a decent result and a decent performance …

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May 18

A trip to our scientific past – some nostalgic, funny & fascinating pics!

LGC has been around since 1842 so we have a treasure trove of photos, reviews, journals and handwritten calibration charts in beautiful copperplate, all hidden away in our archives. I’ve had a rummage around and dug up some fascinating pics, so I thought I’d share them with you. What better way to spend a Friday afternoon?! Click …

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May 18

Identifying geographical origin for sustainable energy

Stretch your mind back to your GCSE chemistry and you may remember isotopes are elements which have the same number of protons, but a different number of neutrons. Through natural processes, isotope ratios change from place to place on the globe. By measuring the ratio of two isotopes of the same element present in a …

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May 17

A standard meal – But would you want to eat it?

Previously I have written about a chocolate reference material which is used to help ensure quality control in the manufacture of chocolate. We produce a host of reference materials that look like the food being tested, and it got me thinking, do we produce enough reference materials to make a reference material meal, a ‘standard’ …

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May 16

River Thames clean up

Enjoy a sunny stroll along the River Thames this time of year and you are almost guaranteed to spot some wildlife – most commonly ducks and swans, but if you’re lucky maybe a small mammal, heron or in some parts of the River Thames, even a seal! And of course there’s a multitude of insects. …

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May 15

Detecting explosives with measurement

Ion mobility spectrometry is a technique used by the law enforcement and security sectors for detecting volatile substances such as drugs, explosives and chemical weapons. The ability to deploy these instruments in the harshest of environments, including their hand-held use by the military in detecting chemical warfare agents, has resulted in ion mobility spectrometers being …

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May 14

Measuring DNA mutations for early breast cancer diagnosis

Researchers at LGC, the UK’s designated National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurement, have demonstrated new methods for improving the detection of small alterations in the human genome which could offer a more effective tool for diagnosing breast cancer. Normally people carry two copies of each gene – one inherited from their mother and …

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