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These are the Best Airports in the World

Since flyers around the globe can choose where they depart from and arrive at, airports are competing for market share. That’s why the World Airport Awards, the most prestigious annual ranking of the world's best airports, is a very big deal. While our scanners focus on balancing two of the key performance parameters addressed by the Skytrax survey—passenger safety and convenience—our airport operations friends have many more to manage, including facility comfort, location of bathrooms, and the language skills of their staff. Ranking results are based on the impressions of nearly 14 million flyers from 105 countries ...

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Super Bowl LII Security: Eyes Everywhere and on the Budget

The NFL’s 2017-18 season kicked off last week, and fans are excited about their favorite team’s chances to play in the Super Bowl—one of the most super-hyped happenings in the U.S. that draws world attention and attendance. Whether you view it as THE football event of the year or just another excuse for a party, the big game has to be one of THE biggest security challenges for any host city. And a costly one to boot. Beyond jaw-dropping, security costs for the last several Super Bowls continue t...

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Is Bolivia The Next Major Lithium Producer?

You have lithium all around you. It’s in your cell phone, your tablet, your computer, and possibly even in your car if you own a hybrid or electric vehicle. Where does all this lithium come from? The majority of lithium is extracted from brine and comes from South America. Currently, Chile and Argentina are the leading producers of lithium from brine. As the global need for lithium continues to sky rocket (we love our electronics), all eyes are on the South American country of Bolivia which sits on half the known lithium reserves.   Bolivia is now working to begin extracting its stores of lithium with the intention of becoming a global lithium producer. ORS executives recently had the opportunity to visit Bolivia to demonstrate the

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Technology Detects Specific Elements

The MobiLab130 is an instrument that measures the concentration of specific elements in levels as low as part per million. How does such an instrument work? The science is easily understood, and in simple terms, it has to do with how specific elements behave when placed in a magnetic field. Every atom contains a specific number of protons and neutrons, which determines the element and its isotope. The combination of protons and neutrons give the property of nuclear spin. For example, there are 3 isotopes of hydrogen, hydrogen, deuterium, and tritium, all three respond differently in a magnetic field. Hydrogen has a single proton, deuterium has one proton and one neutron and tritium has one proton and two neutro...

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The ABC’s of Lithium Production in South America

South America is a major producer of the world’s lithium in an area known as the "The Lithium Triangle" joining Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile. Each of these countries are at different points in the quest to meet the projected demand for lithium needed for tomorrow's energy storage demands. In Chile, two major companies produce most of battery-grade lithium carbonate which comes from the Atacama desert, whereas Argentina is regarded as an upstart producing lithium at the Salar de Hombre Muerto.  Bolivia is looking to become a global producer of lithium because the Salar de Uyuni contains a large majority of the world’s lithium reserves, but challenges abound for this aspiring supplier. One Resonance Sensors visited the Ministry of Mining and Metallurgy/COMIBOL in L...

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