Category Archives: Heavy metals / trace elements

Environment and biological, Trace metals and heavy metals, trace elements in environmental samples, trace metals in biological materials.
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Toxic dust source targeted by new device at Townsville Port

Townsville Bulletin RACHEL AFFLICK  May 21, 2015

THE  State Government is commissioning a device to identify the sources of potentially toxic metals in dust from the Port of Townsville.
It comes as part of Government moves to step up its monitoring for toxic dust in the city after a study commissioned by the North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC) found toxic dust in playgrounds at The Strand, Rowes Bay and Reid Park.
Environment Minister Steven Miles said in Townsville last week that a new instrument would soon be able to measure lead and other metals in dust in real time continuously.

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Rat droppings, urine and arsenic found in fake beauty items

BBC News 18 May 2015

Police are warning people about fake beauty products after substances such as rat droppings, human urine and arsenic were found in seized goods.   It said lab tests showed counterfeit products also had toxic chemicals like arsenic, mercury and cyanide.

Phony cosmetics such as eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss and foundation have been found to contain toxic levels of chemicals and harmful substances such as arsenic, mercury and lead.

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EndNote on Windows: The Short Course – Video Training

EndNote has just released a short course on the most-used features in EndNote.  topics can be found at the times below:

Title: 0:00
Online Search: 1:38
Groups: 4:47
Direct Export: 7:03
Importing PDF Files: 9:53
Find Full Text: 11:36
Journal Names: 13:10
CWYW: Adding Citations: 15:53
CWYW: Configuring the Bibliography: 18:20
CWYC: Editing Citations: 21:08
EndNote Sync: 23:43

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The EndNote Training channel on YouTube contains many helpful videos

Australian Academy of Science – Nominations for the 2016 honorific awards for scientific excellence are now open

Honorific Awards

Most honorific awards are open to any scientist normally resident in Australia. Nominations may be made by anyone in the scientific community, with the exception of the Macfarlane Burnet or the Matthew Flinders Medals and Lectures for which nominations may only be made by Academy Fellows.

Criteria and nomination forms are available under each individual award.  Awards are available for a range of disciplines including chemistry, physics, human genetics, and women in science, and include early and mid-career awards.

View the full-list of awards


Atoms roam in search of a chemical mate

Sydney Morning Herald Peter Spinks 13 April 2015

The surprise discovery that some atoms roam around to form chemical bonds is set to turn the conventional world of chemistry on its head.

The Sydney chemists stumbled upon their findings while conducting research into why the atmosphere contains twice as many acids produced by plants – that is organic instead of industrial acids – than climate models predicted.

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Catalyst: Our Chemical Lives

ABC TV Catalyst 31/3/2015

Dr Maryanne Demasi investigates the safety of chemicals found in everyday products and compares the level of chemicals in her own body with clean living convert and media personality Sarah Wilson.

Link to Catalyst Website

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Toxic time bomb ticking in metal hips

Sydney Morning Herald Lawrence Money 5 April 2015

Hundreds of Australians with metal hip replacements fear their bodies have been poisoned by cobalt and chromium leaching from the implants. While the national Therapeutic Goods Administration maintains there is “insufficient evidence” of a definite link, many patients have reported matching symptoms – nausea, vertigo, headaches, heart problems and more.

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