Redefining Material Analysis

raman spectroscopy

Federico Izzia explores the trends and benefits of the development of portable and handheld Raman Spectroscopy

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? The science behind The Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

What was the star of Bethlehem? A quiet debate has been bubbling away for decades between astronomers and philosophers alike. Could some real cosmic event have led three wise men on a journey to find a new King?

From lab to the theatre: the evolution of mass spectrometry


Mike Morris discusses the ‘iKnife’ – a new concept that potentially differentiates tissue samples in real-time 

The hidden value in your lab

Hidden value in your lab

Take a look around your laboratory, there may be a wealth of instrumentation and equipment sitting unused. Ben Potenza introduces us to the concept of proactive asset management for idle equipment, and answers common questions about how this can realise the best possible return on investment

Seek and destroy

seek and destroy tumour

The use of nanoparticles in cancer research is considered to be a promising approach in the fight against tumour cells. Yet the method often fails because the human immune system recognises the particles as foreign objects and rejects them before they can fulfil their function.

Supplements: because they’re worth it?


It’s a minefield out there – with so many brands, doses and combinations, how can consumers know which vitamins or minerals they should take – if they should take any at all?

Fighting the doping cheats

Sports doping

Daniel Leigh explores the evolution of mass spectrometric approaches in sports drug testing

How do I smell? Much the same as you see


As the International Year of Crystallography approaches its end, Dr David von Stetten explains how unique protein analysis has helped us understand the common mechanisms in our senses

Stand and deliver – effective antisense delivery

Drug delivery vehicle

Before we can fully take advantage of antisense therapeutics, we first need to effectively deliver the RNAi agent to its target. When it comes to oligonucleotides, says Dr Catherine McKeen, there are many challenges surrounding drug delivery – but with many strategies in development, the future…

Making the most of waste

Regs cert

Waste can be a goldmine and laboratory testing is the best way to take advantage of this, but – says Ryan Haughey – if the UK waste industry does not wise up to the need to set standards when it comes to testing waste then we’ll lose out to the rest of Europe

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