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  • Green Grass and Bioremediation Success

    Have you ever looked at your neighbor’s lawn and wondered how they grow such green grass? You quickly hop on the internet and search for tips and tricks to a greener lawn only to find there’s no simple solution, there’s work involved. The principle of having to take care of your lawn in order to produce results is reflected across most areas of work. People working in ...

  • STL to Expand Laboratory Facilities

    STL are pleased to announce that at the end of March we signed the lease to significantly extend our premises in Torrington Avenue, Coventry. This means we will be expanding our site into two further industrial units, increasing the size of our laboratory facilities by over 40,000 square feet. The expansion of the STL Coventry site is the first phase in a development plan designed to modernise ...


  • Hudson river becomes laboratory

    Research engineers and a New York state utility have been using a Hudson River contamination site as a laboratory, testing a new way to remove coal tar pollutants from riverbeds using mattress-sized absorbent panels. The panels are filled with organo-clay, a mineral which draws oil like a magnet. During the last week of November, utility workers from Central Hudson Gas & Electric and ...

  • ASTM D7300 - 11 Standard Test Method for Laboratory Determination of Strength Properties of Frozen Soil at a Constant Rate of Strain

    Understanding the mechanical properties of frozen soils is of primary importance to frozen ground engineering. Data from strain rate controlled compression tests are necessary for the design of most foundation elements embedded in, or bearing on frozen ground. They make it possible to ...


    By ASTM International

  • Laboratory begins environmental sampling in townsite

    Environmental sampling, conducted on behalf of Los Alamos National Laboratory in the town of Los Alamos near upper Los Alamos Canyon, has begun. Known as the Upper Los Alamos Canyon Project, this effort is an environmental assessment of areas that have been or could have been affected by Laboratory operations from the days of the Manhattan Project to the early 1970s. The Upper Los Alamos Canyon ...

  • Eurofins opens new London laboratory

    EUROFINS Scientific CEO Dr Gilles Martin, officially opened the company’s brand new purpose built laboratory in Acton, West London on 11th December 2007. Dr Martin founded the analytical and testing services group in 1987 and in opening the company’s latest laboratory he said, “Eurofins has become a market leader in many countries around the world, employing over 7000 people. We have ambitious ...


    By Eurofins Scientific

  • Soil experts recreate soils from Mars

    Soil experts from Cranfield University have developed a replica soil for Mars in a project for the European Space Agency (ESA) to help maximise the performance of the next robotic rovers to be sent to the planet. The ‘soil surrogate’ is one of a number of soil types characterized by the current NASA Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Spirit and Opportunity, which were sent to Mars in ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Matrix Gemini LIMS for Environmental Laboratories

    Autoscribe Informatics has published a useful downloadable 9 page guide: Matrix Gemini LIMS for Environmental Labs highlighting the use of its Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) for the testing of water, air, gas, soil, and/or leachate samples in environmental laboratories. This new publication highlights how Matrix can be readily configured to accommodate varying local ...


    By Autoscribe Informatics

  • Estimate soil texture-by-feel

    The ability to estimate soil texture-by-feel is an important skill that students and registered soil scientists should learn. Many soil properties depend largely on soil texture, and texture impacts most land-use decisions. Soil texture strongly influences the nutrient holding ability of a soil, the amount of water the soil can store, the amount of this water that is available to plants, how ...

  • Laboratory to improve hazardous waste monitoring

    In a bid to protect the coastal environment of West Africa from hazardous waste, a modern laboratory has been set in Abidjan, Côte d"Ivoire, to improve the port"s waste monitoring standards. The laboratory which was formally handed over to the Côte d"Ivoire"s ministry of environment, is equipped to test for hazardous waste from ships entering the West African port. The laboratory ...

  • Soil scientists in Afghanistan

    As part of USDA’s effort to support the Afghanistan military campaign, Operation Enduring Freedom, the Natural Resources Conservation Service–National Soil Survey Laboratory (NRCS-NSSL), working in partnership with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) developed an agreement to sample soils; teach local nationals about soil and water conservation, soil sampling, and techniques for ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Soil Particle Size Distribution

    Particle size distribution, also known as gradation, refers to the proportions by dry mass of a soil distributed over specified particle-size ranges. Gradation is used to classify soils for engineering and agricultural purposes, since particle size influences how fast or slow water or other fluid moves through a soil. Two proposed new ASTM standards provide test methods for determining particle ...


    By ASTM International

  • Impact of floods on soils

    A recent study conducted in the Midwestern United States examined the effects of harsh wet conditions on both cultivated and uncultivated soils, vastly advancing the knowledge of water’s effects on aggregation. Soil aggregation is an important soil attribute that is related to the physical-chemical state of the soil, and is one of the essential processes that determine soil quality. During the ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • BTEX contamination of soil and water

    BTEX is an acronym for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. They are all volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in petroleum hydrocarbons. Contamination of soil and groundwater from BTEX has occurred at petroleum and natural gas production areas, gas stations and areas with underground and above-ground storage tanks of petroleum products. The compounds are also produced in large scale by ...


  • Even soil feels the heat

    Twenty years of field studies reveal that as the Earth has gotten warmer, plants and microbes in the soil have given off more carbon dioxide. So-called soil respiration has increased about one-tenth of 1 percent per year since 1989, according to an analysis of past studies in this week's issue of Nature. The scientists also calculated the total amount of carbon dioxide flowing from soils, which ...

  • Extension accreditation scope SGS Benelux Environmental Laboratory

    SGS confirms its leading position in quality Environmental analysis by being the first laboratory to gain AS 3000 and CMA accreditation at its Benelux laboratory in s’Gravenpolder. The requirements for professional environmental laboratories have continued to rise systematically over the years. Customers are seeking accurate analytical results to ensure that the environmental issues are ...

  • California Lead Testing Laboratory Receives A2LA Accreditation

    EMSL Analytical, a leading provider of advanced environmental laboratory services, announced today that their San Leandro, California laboratory has been accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) for lead testing.  The news has already spread quickly with indoor air quality and environmental professionals who previously had limited choices for accredited ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Aquatic Microbiology Laboratory Sponsors Video on Cryptosporidium

    Cryptosporidium lives in the intestine of infected humans and animals. It is a microscopic parasite that may be found in soil, food, water or surfaces that have been contaminated with the feces from an infected host. Cryptosporidiosis is the name of the diarrheal disease caused by Cryptosporidium and both the disease and the organism are commonly referred to as ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Portable XRF for soil and waste screening

    The new xSORT hand-held XRF spectrometer from SPECTRO Analytical Instruments can achieve laboratory-quality analysis on soil and waste samples.  Laboratory analysis by X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry has been an accepted technique for the analysis of such materials for many years and was given official approval by European Standard EN 15309:2007. Using the simple sampling procedures ...

  • Product Highlight: The TD-3100 Laboratory Fluorometer

    The TD-3100 is a low cost benchtop instrument for analyzing hydrocarbons in water and soil. Developed as an alternative to industry standard laboratory methods. Measures samples with solvent extraction methods or non-extraction within solubility limits. Some of the TD-3100 features include: Compaatible with all popular ...

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