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Electrochemistry News Items & Facts - April 2022

Every day, we all use battery powered devices at home, drive vehicles, eat packaged foods, and drink clean water. These are a few examples of the countless aspects of our modern lifestyles which are reliant on electrochemistry - broadly defined as the study of how electricity interact with materials.

As an electrochemistry instrumentation company, Admiral Instruments proudly serves our customers who are among the millions of scientists, engineers, & technicians around the world using potentiostats to uncover new ways electrochemistry may benefit us all.

To celebrate how electrochemistry has shaped the past, touches our present-day lives, and influences the future, every month Admiral Instruments posts five notable news articles, publications, & trivia somehow related to electrochemistry. Click on each entry to read more from the source article!

Electrochemistry News Items & Facts for April 2022:

  1. The MasSpec Pen is a handheld mass spectrometer being used to combat fraudulent fish labeling by detecting the species and habitat of samples in 15 seconds, which is 720x faster than traditional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) meat evaluation techniques.

  2. Genetically encoded voltage indicators (GEVIs) are fluorescent, voltage-indicating proteins that can be embedded into neurons in the brain to measure brain activity with microscopes rather than traditional electrodes.

  3. Using classical physics principles, the smallest accurately measurable distance is 1e-35 meters and the smallest accurately measurable timescale is 1e-43 seconds.

  4. In March 1958, NASA launched the Vanguard 1 satellite which is notable for being the first solar-powered satellite and remains the oldest artificial object orbiting Earth.

  5. The "battery bounce test" is claimed to indicate the state of charge of a battery by simply dropping it on a hard, flat surface to see how high it bounces. Researchers actually found this claim to be partially true, but only with alkaline batteries!

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