As we approach the festive season, my thoughts like many I’m sure have no doubt turned to enjoying the festivities as well as a welcome break. Preparing the Christmas day feast is a key part and, for all the cooks out there, a little bit stressful. Getting the roast potatoes perfect (duck or goose fat?) and everything onto the table hot and at the same time is a real challenge.
When monitoring areas at rest it is important that the operator setting the samples doesn’t influence the sample result. Placing settle plates and/or setting up active air samplers presents a contamination risk. This could lead to false positives which create a lot of unnecessary investigative work, which is both time consuming and costly.
Despite being a small company, an increasing proportion of our business is in mainland Europe through our Redipor distributors. For many years we have been selling Redipor media to Italy thanks to our relationship with what was PBI (now part of VWR). In recent years we have begun to supply media via distributors in Poland, Slovenia and Denmark amongst others.
I’ve recently found myself recently doing some data analysis from searches on our website along with my other jobs. I must admit to being a bit of a nerd (of course you are I hear you say, you’re a scientist!). So looking at facts and a figures and trying to interpret them is right up my street. On this occasion the facts and figures I was asked to analyse were failed search results, where no links were suggested for a particular search. I...
The American Society for Microbiology recently held their annual meeting in Boston, USA. ASM is a much respected society and their annual general meeting attracts over 10,000 visitors to view more than 3,500 scientific posters, attend 250 seminars & workshops and visit 270 exhibitors. I was lucky enough to visit the 2013 event in Denver and then again in Boston for ASM 2014. The scale of the event dwarfs any meeting we have in the UK, but I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise!