Halloween Science

Here are a couple of experiments where Halloween and Science come together. If you try one of these experiments, make sure you take the proper precautions. I just wanted to show them to you as some cool tricks.   Have a Fun and Safe Halloween Celebration Today! Time for some eerie colors!!   Picture lobo235

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Lead in Soil

Checking for lead in your soil is always a good idea. High levels of lead, above 400 ppm (parts per million) can cause health issues especially with children.  Lead cleanup in the Omaha area has been going on since 2009 and it traces back to a closed plant, Asarco that released lead emissions from the

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Bacteria on Cell Phones

  Check out this news story from the BBC. A study  out of Queen Mary University swabbed 390 cell phones and analyzed them for bacteria. 92% of  the 390 phones tested indicated the presence of bacteria 16% were contaminated with e.Coli bacteria. Another indicator of how important it is to keep your hands and skin

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Food Safety – Local Organic Foods

The recent trend regarding foodborne illnesses has been to turn to locally grown, organic foods. The following article, Local, Organic Foods Not Always Safer looks at the issue and highlights some important information.  It’s main point is that food safety  really is in the hands of the company, grower and management team.  President Obama signed

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Submittal Paperwork

Everyday, we receive thousands of samples and each day, we will receive samples with no paperwork. The paper may have name, address and phone, but no paperwork indicating what type of analysis to be performed. Here is some advice for quicker turnaround time: (Required for Good Turnaround Time) Make sure to include your paperwork with

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Some alternatives to commercial air fresheners

Often times, there are odors coming from a musty room or some mold growing on a scrap of moist food. Typically, we combat the issue with a commercial air freshener product, but often these products create a synthetic smell and we are learning that in some cases they may not be all that healthy. I

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3 Reasons For Fall Soil Sampling

Fall Corn Harvest is beginning and this is evident by the  large number of soil samples received at Midwest Laboratories  yesterday, October 18, 2011. This year has been quite a year of unpredictable events like volatility in grain prices, precipitation, flooding in some areas, hail and high winds in other areas.  Because of these factors

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Pumpkin Patch and Harvest

This time of year I watch my kids excitement as they like to go out to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch in Gretna, Nebraska. I saw this video and thought I would give you a taste of what they see.  It is a lot of fun and the weather was super this fall. If you have never

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Some Answers to Treating Diesel Fuel

We receive a lot of questions regarding diesel fuel and bacteria and quality. Currently, for contamination, Midwest Laboratories offers a Fuel Fingerprint analysis, $90.00  which looks at 22 different diesel contaminants and compares the diesel sample to a matrix of different contaminants to look for the presence of these contaminants in the diesel sample. In

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Soil Testing Season

Soil Testing season has begun and is going very strong this fall. Here are some helpful reminders to help your experience. Make sure you order the proper supplies ahead of time: soil bags, boxes, shipping labels. Soil bags are free to Midwest Laboratories Clients Shipping labels can save you a lot of money. A 50

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