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AOAC opens sub-Saharan Africa section in analytics milestone

Formally established earlier in the year and subsequently registered on the 18th May 2018 in South Africa, the AOAC Sub-Saharan Africa section (AOAC-SSA) held its inaugural meeting at the Farm Inn Hotel just outside Pretoria from 5 to 7 November 2018. Driven by a need to improve the performance of testing labs in the sub-continent […]

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Labotec visits Achema 2018

The latest installation of Achema, a platform for exhibition of the latest, most innovative equipment in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries, was held on 11 to 15 June 2018 in Frankfurt. The Batswadi/Labotec team attended Achema 2018 in order to identify new products, trends and innovations that are suitable for the African market. Numerous […]

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Research on ice: SA’s Antarctic science lab

SANAE IV Over 40 governments maintain research stations in Antarctica, including South Africa. In fact, we were one of the original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, which established freedom of scientific investigation on the frozen continent. Our current base in Antarctica is South African National Antarctic Expedition IV (SANAE IV), situated on a […]

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The world of science can be a freaky place

China develops actual laser rifle According to reports first published in the South China Morning Post, a Chinese company has developed a real-life laser rifle capable of hitting targets over a distance of 800 metres. The ZKZM-500 can be fired 1000 times for two seconds per shot before its lithium ion batteries need a recharge, […]

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Going up! The Laboratory 4.0 lift

Lab technicians are notoriously set in their ways. But what if the ways in question are subject to rapid and extreme change, courtesy of the fourth industrial revolution? Every technological advance increases the disparity between the current way of doing things and the potential way of doing them. (more…)

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Industry News July 2018

LOCAL NEWS Prof Daya Reddy elected first President of International Science Council South Africa’s Professor Daya Reddy has been elected as the first President of the newly-formed International Science Council (ISC). The elections took place during the inaugural General Assembly in Paris, France on 5 July 2018. The ISC was formed following the merger of […]

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Destination biotech

Despite being one of the most radical fields of human inquiry into the unknown, our current understanding of biotechnology has failed to keep up with the discipline’s tremendous potential. It’s understandable; the field and its overwhelming pace seemed to arrive out of nowhere. A scant 15 years ago the Human Genome Project was still decoding […]

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Animal kingdom

Spiders can fly using electric-powered butt balloons Entomologists have long known that certain small spider species can spin balloon-shaped webs that allow them to fly. The supposition that they use air currents to fly has been proven wrong, however. Instead, researchers from the University of Bristol found that Lynyphiid spiders achieved lift-off and maintained flight […]

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Brady Laboratory Identification Solutions: Precise, reliable and efficient

Brady Laboratory Identification Solutions will help avoid sample loss by identifying every sample in the lab with professional laboratory labels from Brady. The identification labels are precise, reliable and efficient, just like you. On top of this, Brady labels can be easily designed and printed in the lab, will stay attached on every sample, and […]

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No more awful shower experiences with Kobold!

Automatic Flow Regulating Valve Imagine standing under the shower in a hotel in the morning… What usually happens when other hotel guests all start to shower at the same time? The water temperature suddenly changes from pleasant to horribly cold or unbearably hot! Sometimes there is less water flowing sometimes there is more; the day […]

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