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July 2018 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

Welcome to our July issue! We look find out how robotics are taking MS to the next level, find out playwright Anton Chekhov’s cause of death, and discover why hippo toilet habits could spell disaster for Kenyan fish. Scientists discuss the nature – and importance – of curiosity in our main feature, and we discuss the challenges of putting forensic science “on trial.” We also speak to 2014’s Power Listers to find out what they’ve been up to, and sit down with Glen Jackson, who shares his passion for mass spec and forensics.

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Articles featured in this issue

Business & Education Professional Development

Celebrating Curiosity

| Charlotte Barker

Curiosity is a fundamental trait of all scientists, believes Editor Charlotte Barker – but it must be nurtured

Techniques & Tools Environmental

Hippo No-No!

| Joanna Cummings

“River horse” waste spells death by defecation for Kenyan fish

Techniques & Tools Proteomics

TB on Your Collar

| Joanna Cummings

Metaproteomics study throws doubt on Chekhov’s cause of death – and paves the way for future cultural heritage analysis

Techniques & Tools Environmental

CFC What Happens

| Joanna Cummings

Levels of ozone-depleting CFCs are on the rise – despite a global ban

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

The Future’s RoSA

| Joanna Cummings

A robotic arm takes mass spec analysis of 3D objects to the next level

Techniques & Tools Chemical

Poles Apart

| Joanna Cummings

Researchers develop a generic and potentially inexpensive method of separating chiral molecules using magnets

Techniques & Tools Business

Green Chemistry and Government Science

| Joanna Cummings

Business in brief: What’s going on in analytical science?

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

ASMS Advances

| Charlotte Barker

What new tech did vendors unveil at the year’s biggest mass spectrometry conference?

Fields & Applications Gas Chromatography

Image of the Month

| Joanna Cummings

Russian scientists have developed a new flying gas chromatograph.

Techniques & Tools Forensics

Trial But No Error

| Kenyon Evans-Nguyen

Despite technological advances, the forensics field remains conservative – for good reason.

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

We Don’t Need No Separation, We Don’t Need No Peaks at All

| Alex Hodgson

How much emphasis should be we put on chromatographic separation in today’s hyphenated techniques?

Fields & Applications Professional Development

Our is to Question Why…

If curiosity is a fundamental part of good science, how do we nurture it – in ourselves and in others?

Fields & Applications Professional Development

Curiosity Applied

Timothy Garrett and Diane Vaszily explore the connection between curiosity and successful learning.

Techniques & Tools Forensics

Science in the Court!

We speak to a psychologist and a forensic mass spec expert about the challenges of putting analytical science ‘on trial’ – and get a fascinating real-life story of a very unusual court case...

Fields & Applications Professional Development

Top 40 Under 40: 4 Years On

We catch up with some of the finalists from the 40 Under 40 Power List, to find out how the award impacted their careers.

Fields & Applications Mass Spectrometry

Industrial Revelations: Michele Suman, Barilla

In a new series, industry scientists are in the spotlight – starting with a champion of food analysis.

Fields & Applications Forensics

Judgment Data

We Sit Down With Glen Jackson, Professor, Ming Hsieh Distinguished Professor of Forensic & Investigative Science, West Virginia University, USA.

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