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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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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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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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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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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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Scientists to calculate amount of fuel inside earth by 2025

According to researchers at the University of Maryland, “Earth requires fuel to drive plate tectonics, volcanoes, and its magnetic field. Like a hybrid car, Earth taps two sources of energy to run its engine: primordial energy from assembling the planet and nuclear energy from the heat produced during natural radioactive decay. Scientists have developed numerous […]

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Laboratory hazards and risks

Vince McLeod is an industrial hygienist certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, and the Senior Industrial Hygienist in the University of Florida’s Environmental Health and Safety Division.

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