Portable labs become reality

At a time when patients and medical professionals expect always faster results, researchers are trying to translate biodetection technologies used in laboratories to the field and clinic, so patients can get nearly instant diagnoses in a physician’s office, an ambulance or the emergency room. (more…)

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Oudtshoorn skin

Wits scientists discovers cause of “Oudtshoorn skin”

KWE causes a redness of the palms and soles with consecutive cycles of peeling of large sections of thick skin, often exacerbated during winter months. Oudtshoorn is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa where the disorder was present in large families. (more…)

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Fireflies light it up

Light it up

Why is cleaning important? Cleaning is carried out to remove product remaining on the production and/or processing surface. Product residues provide a nutrient base for microbes to grow. Therefore food residues represent a risk of introducing contamination from spoilage and pathogenic organisms. The cleaning process often includes a detergent and sanitising step. (more…)

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Future of labs

What does the future of laboratories hold?

The paperless lab concept is not a particularly new one, and many laboratories currently operate without physically recording research and development. Tablet devices allow laboratory teams to record their findings electronically, reducing physical waste and optimising storage organisation. (more…)

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Ocean disaster will take a million years to recover

The fear of a dramatic drop in world ocean oxygen content has been heightened as new work suggests it could take a million years for oceans to recover. (more…)

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Blood contamination

Novel Device Reduces Blood Draw Contamination

A novel device can significantly reduce contamination of blood cultures, potentially reducing risky overtreatment and unnecessary use of antibiotics for many patients. This approach could also substantially reduce healthcare costs. (more…)

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Lab hazards

Laboratory Hazards and Risks

“Understanding the required occupational safety and health programmes and recognising hazards will help to identify and minimise many of the common safety and health hazards associated with running a research laboratory. We present an overview of the most common hazards encountered in typical research labs. Our hope is that one or more topics might strike […]

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Master builders

Awarding and Applauding Future Master Builders

Annually, the young people of South Africa and their role in building the country are celebrated throughout the month of June and on Youth Day, 16 June, in particular. (more…)

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Ti450 SF6 gas leak detector

Gas Leak Detector reduces potential utility equipment damage due to gas leaks

Combination infrared camera and SF6 gas leak detector precisely pinpoints leaks as part of regular maintenance without taking equipment offline (more…)

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Data logger

Eye Contact with the Process

In the world of Instrumentation, an enormous amount of data can be produced by each measuring point, which must be logically and clearly displayed and processed. Kobold, represented locally by Instrotech, has the ZLS electronic multi-channel data logger, specifically designed to rapidly capture process signals and display them. (more…)

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Exoplanet research uncovers simple atmosphere

Astronomers have unexpectedly discovered a primitive atmosphere around a ‘warm Neptune’. (more…)

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Eco-building in South Africa

Eco-building trend sweeps SA

A new trend of merging developments with ecologically sensitive building best practice is fast taking root across the country, as businesses see the long-term benefits of “going green” against a backdrop of rising energy costs and dwindling water supplies. (more…)

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