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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Vivaspin Turbo 15

For scientists and lab technicians who need to quickly and safely concentrate biological samples from 4 to 15 ml up to 100 fold, Sartorius offers the Vivaspin Turbo 15 ultrafilters. This revolutionary product allows for the fastest sample concentration with the highest recoveries possible. (more…)

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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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PULVERISETTE 19 Universal Cutting Mill

Fritsch’s new PULVERISETTE 19 Universal Cutting Mill is ideal for size-reduction for a wide range of different materials due to variable adjustment of the rotational speed of the rotor, various knife geometries, replaceable blades, practical sieve cassettes and an unmatched ease of cleaning. (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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Compact ultrapure water systems

The Sartorius compact arium® mini laboratory water systems have been designed for Type 1 ultrapure water requirements of 10 litres per day and are ideal for use in preparation of buffers, media and samples, both in life sciences applications and in analytical laboratory procedures, especially critical applications, such as HPLC/UHPLC. (more…)

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Buchi Reveleris PREP system

The Buchi Reveleris PREP chromatography system is advanced and powerful enough to enable the chemist to see previously missed components and impurities. This system will also provide maximum purity and recovery of target compounds in a minimal amount of time. In addition, the system can help to reduce solvent and waste cost and improve target […]

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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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Sartorius Nutrient Pad Sets

Nutrient pad sets – dehydrated media pads in petri dishes, pre-sterilized, along with suitable membrane filters for economical, time-saving microbiological quality control. No other ready-to-use culture media assures such consistently high quality and reproducible results up to 24 months. Sartorius Nutrient Pad Sets have been used successfully in the membrane filter method for more than […]

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