Tag Archive: Measurement

Sep 26

Is your morning soya latte putting you at risk of iodine deficiency?

Iodine is an essential part of a balanced diet, required to produce the thyroid hormones that regulate growth and metabolism. It is found in a variety of foods, including white fish, shellfish, eggs, milk and dairy products. Iodine is of specific importance for women during pregnancy as it is vital for foetal brain development: even …

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May 08

How do you give coffee authentication an extra shot?

With a high market value and commercial importance coffee is in the top 10 products most at risk of food fraud. A recent paper by the Government Chemist team at LGC, and the Institute of Global Food Security in Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB), tackles the question of where and how to analytically check the coffee …

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Feb 12

Quality, controlled, science for a safer world

Reference materials are essential for the scientific community to perform vital research, enabling validation of a material’s quality, analytical measurement methods or for the precise calibration of instruments. Of course, by their nature, some authentic and highly characterised materials are potentially hazardous to customers, but their sale and distribution takes place within a number of …

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Sep 11

Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis: the end of the guessing game?

September marks World Alzheimer’s Month – a global campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma surrounding the disease. The campaign, ‘Remember Me’, is encouraging people all around the world to learn to spot the signs of dementia, but also not to forget about loved ones who are living with the disease, or those who may …

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Aug 20

How safe is your BBQ? This is how LGC makes sure that it is.

It’s not been the best of summers here in the UK but hopefully you’ve managed to enjoy a BBQ or two… But do you know how safe your BBQ is? Do you know exactly what is on the menu? LGC helps to make sure that your summer BBQ is safe and only makes use of …

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Feb 13

Valentine’s Day: its all about chemistry

LGC products and services are used in all aspects of people’s day to day lives, even on Valentine’s Day. Whatever you’re doing this Valentine’s Day, there’s a good chance one of our offerings is helping to make your evening magical, without you even realising. Romantic dinner for two: Whether you’re indulging yourself at a top …

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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

Whisky

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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Jul 17

Why are reporting guidelines so essential?

Scientist carries out analysis on genetically modified organism using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

We’ve all probably heard the Chinese proverb that it’s not the destination that is important but the journey. Well the same can be said of scientific research: it’s not only the results that matter but the methodology and processes that lead us to them. OK, so this may be a little facetious but the concept …

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Jul 07

National Transplant Week: the science that saves lives

National Transplant Week 2014 logo

National Transplant Week begins in earnest today with charities across the UK campaigning to encourage people to register as organ donors, tackling the ‘I’ll do it later’ mind-set. There are thousands of people waiting for a life-saving transplant but on average, three people die every day because there are not enough organs available. These numbers …

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