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COVID-19 impacts on the Earth System

COVID-19 crisis affects the entire Earth System in unprecedented ways and reveals systemic risks in our highly interconnected world

31-Jul-2020

COVID-19 immediately affects the health, economy and social well-being in our personal lives. Yet, the consequences on the entire Earth System, in particular the ones emerging from the widespread sheltering and lock-down measures, may be much more far-fetching and long-lasting. This has been ...

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Pocket-size food scanner

General-use, cost-effective scanning technology that can be easily adapted

07-Jan-2019

According to a study by the environmental organization WWF Germany, ten million metric tons of food are thrown in the garbage every year in Germany despite still being edible. A mobile food scanner will allow consumers and supermarket operators in the future to test whether food items have gone ...

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More than just a good flavor

Flavoring substances stimulate immune defenses

19-Jun-2018

Not only do citric acid and spicy 6-gingerol from ginger add special flavors to food and beverages; both substances also stimulate the molecular defenses in human saliva. That is the result of a human clinical trial by a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Leibniz-Institute ...

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From exposomics to phytotoxins: Safe foodstuffs in the focus of analytica 2018

21-Mar-2018

What substances occurring naturally in foodstuffs jeopardize our health? How do pollutants affect our genetic material? Is baking paper a cause for concern? Such questions from the food sciences will be in the focus of the leading trade fair analytica and the accompanying analytica conference, ...

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How biofuels from plant fibers could combat global warming

28-Feb-2018

Scientists, companies and government agencies are hard at work on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. In recent years, biofuels produced from corn have emerged as a fuel source to power motor vehicles and, perhaps, airplanes. But corn is problematic as a biofuel source ...

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Graphene on toast, anyone?

15-Feb-2018

Rice University scientists who introduced laser-induced graphene (LIG) have enhanced their technique to produce what may become a new class of edible electronics. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour, which once turned Girl Scout cookies into graphene, is investigating ways to write graphene ...

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Eurofins acquires Food Analytica Group

Enters the Hungarian market for food and feed testing

18-Jan-2018

Eurofins Scientific, the global leader in food testing services, announces the acquisition of Food Analytica, a leading group of food testing laboratories in Hungary. As one of the most modern microbiology laboratories in Central and Eastern Europe, Food Analytica offers to more than 400 clients ...

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Micro-spectrometer opens door to a wealth of new smartphone functions

21-Dec-2017

Use your smartphone to check how clean the air is, whether food is fresh or a lump is malignant. This has all come a step closer thanks to a new spectrometer that is so small it can be incorporated easily and cheaply in a mobile phone. The little sensor developed at TU Eindhoven is just as ...

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Soft magnetic material characterizations get a harder look

15-Nov-2017

In motors, generators and similar electric machines, the electrical current that powers them generates magnetic fields that magnetize some of the metallic components. Choosing the right magnetic material is crucial for designing efficient machines, so researchers from the Institute of Electrical ...

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Study analyses foods for radioactive substances

19-Apr-2017

In cooperation with the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the Federal Office for Radioactive Protection (BfS) is to analyse foods prepared within the scope of the BfR MEAL Study for radiation caused by radioactive elements such as uranium. Main focus will be on the foods most often ...

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