Tag Archive: chemistry

Jan 20

Is mercury making us as mad as a hatter?

“Have I gone mad?” The Hatter asks Alice. “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are.” replies Alice. Published in 1865, the enchanting story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland features weird and wonderful characters in a world that becomes ‘curiouser and curiouser’. The Hatter is an …

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Nov 18

Food authenticity: more than just a question of taste


Not any old pie can hold the name of Melton Mowbray pork pie. Similarly, only a pasty made in Cornwall following the traditional recipe can be called a Cornish pasty and only specific bottles of plonk can be declared as champagne. These products have all been awarded special status that protects their name in the …

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Oct 03

Rapid rise in workplace drugs testing

The BBC today have said that workplace drug testing has increased significantly in the UK. In an article, which featured LGC, the BBC claimed that the rise in the number of annual tests carried out by drugs screening companies is between 40 and 470%. LGC has seen a 100% increase in the number of annual …

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Oct 24

How genomics helped determine the roots of the potato blight

Recently, a team of international scientists have used DNA sequencing to effectively determine the cause of the Irish potato famine. Having been introduced to Europe in the sixteenth century from Peru, the potato soon became an important food staple that played a major role in the 19th century population boom in Europe. The Europeans propagated …

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May 09

LGC supports science, innovation, research, analysis and…“This Morning”

LGC is a world leader in forensic science and the UK’s leading full service forensics provider. We offer a comprehensive range of forensic science services, based on an extensive range of techniques and serve the police, crime enforcement agencies and an increasing number of private sector clients. In order to highlight the role that forensic …

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Jan 21

Where’s the value in burger fraud?


Investigations are under way to try to find out how beefburgers on sale in UK and Irish supermarkets became contaminated with horsemeat. When asked about the issue, Michael Walker, Science and Food Law Consultant with LGC, said, “In the UK the presence of horsemeat and, for some, pigmeat in beefburgers, is objectionable and emphasises the …

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Aug 21

We may be exposed to dioxins but how can we maintain Standards?

Sometimes it seems that dioxins are never really that far from the news. Perhaps it started in 1976, when an accident at a chemical manufacturing plant in Italy (in what became known as the Seveso disaster) gave rise to standardised industry regulations known as Seveso II Directive. This was followed in 1983, when a dioxin …

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Feb 07

Dmitri Mendeleev – creator of the periodic table

The periodic table is fundamental to chemistry. Anyone who has sat though school chemistry lessons will remember it as an important tool for understanding chemical reactions. Today is 178 years since the birth of the creator of the periodic table, Russian chemist, Dmitri Mendeleev. Mendeleev was born in 1834. His father a teacher of fine …

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Oct 04

Happy Birthday mole

On this day in October 1971, the mole was officially adopted as a base quantity of the International System of Units (SI) of measurement by the General Conference on Weights and Measures. Measurement has been important to our societies from as far back as 3000BC with the development of the royal cubit, defined as the …

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Sep 29

We’ve got great chemistry!

Download our poster here and discover how chemistry enhances all our lives on a daily basis. 2011 is ‘The International Year of Chemistry’ (IYC 2011) is an entire year devoted to the celebration of chemistry. So we have been thinking about all the ways chemistry influences our lives from the moment we wake up, eat breakfast, …

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