Did You Celebrate Chocolate Chip Day?

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Did You Celebrate
Chocolate Chip Day?

 

 

That's right - chocolate chips have their own day. And it was May 15. Don't worry we won't judge you if you celebrate a few days late. If you're a choco-holic you might even (unknowingly) celebrate chocolate chip day more than just once per year. But if you're not a chocolate lover and only indulge occasionally, you might wonder if that bag of morsels in your pantry from who-knows-when is still good. Let's find out!

Chocolate usually has a 'best before' date and not an 'expiration' date so it can be used even if the date has passed if stored in a cool, dry place. How long past the printed date can they last?*

  • Pantry: 2-4 months
  • Refrigerator: 6-8 months
  • Freezer: 2-3 years

 

Bonus fact!  After a while you may notice white dots on the chocolate. This is 'sugar bloom' and just means the sugar has come to the surface and then evaporated.This makes the chocolate chips less palatable when raw, but they're still safe to eat and bake with!

 

What if you need to keep samples or chemicals cool and dry in the lab?  The Secador® Refrigerator Ready Desiccator provides moisture-free storage in cold spaces!

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  • Perfect for use inside refrigerators, -20°C freezers, or at room temperature
  • Extra long depth and pull-out shelves allow full use of fridge shelf depth
  • Top-down door opening allows easy access to contents

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Get Your Green On

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Every March 17, you can expect to see a sea of green - literally. Green clothes, green beer, green foods, and yes, even green rivers. But did you know the original color associated with St. Patrick's Day was actually blue? St. Patrick himself was often shown wearing sky blue, known as St. Patrick's blue. So why did we start to 'go green'?

Since the 17th century, the color green has been used to represent:

 

 

  • A tribute to Ireland's nickname 'The Emerald Isle'
  • One of the 3 colors of the Irish flag
  • Green shamrocks, which were used by St. Patrick during his religious teachings to symbolize the Holy Trinity

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Another reason to wear green? Leprechauns!
Legend has it they will pinch anyone not wearing their favorite color. That's reason enough for us!

Are Your Thermometers 'Green'?

H-B Enviro Safe® Thermometers are
(not just for St. Patrick's Day)!

  • Earth friendly, EnviroKleen™ certified
  • Non-toxic, biodegradable Enviro-Safe liquid

Search 'Enviro-Safe' on belart.com

 

Did you Celebrate National Inventor’s Day

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Did You Celebrate
National Inventors' Day?

National Inventors' Day is celebrated every year on February 11. While famous inventors like Thomas Edison or Benjamin Franklin may be first to come to mind, there are many regular people who invent life-changing products everyday! Don't believe us? Keep reading to find out the surprising story behind how the Break-Safe Ampule Opener was invented!

A retired army veteran needed to take medication which was contained in ampules.

Due to the extent of his injuries including limited use of one arm, he had a difficult time opening the ampules when it was time for his injections.

After trial and error he came up with the Ampule Opener- a safer way for everyone to open ampules! Not only can it be operated with one hand and without direct contact with the ampules, but ampules break cleanly and glass pieces remain contained within the device.

Break-Safe Ampule Opener

Have Your Own Product Ideas?
SP Scienceware regularly reviews product ideas from the scientific community.
We can help you bring your ideas to life!  

Here’s how:

  • Visit "Submit an Invention" in the bottom menu
  • Submit a quick statement about your idea
  • No promises, but someone will contact you to see if your idea and SP Scienceware are a good fit.

Is it Dry in Here?

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Is It Dry in Here or Is It Just Us?

If you live in an area with cold winter temperatures, you know the joy of freezing cold air outside, dry warm air inside... emphasis on the DRY. The heated air pumped through offices and homes can cause a drastic reduction in humidity, leading to dry, chapped skin and even frequent nosebleeds. Whether your nose drips a little blood or it seems to run like a faucet, we have some quick tips to ease or eliminate your winter nosebleeds.

  • If your nose is running, dab it with a tissue instead of blowing, which can irritate nasal membranes.
  • Use a humidifier to put moisture back into the air, especially in the bedroom at night.
  • Try a saline nasal spray or water-soluble gel to moisturize the inside of your nose.

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If you do get a nosebleed, don't panic! Sit upright and lean forward to reduce blood pressure in your nose. Pinch your nostrils shut for 5-10 minutes to stop the flow of blood.*

Sometimes in the laboratory, a dry environment is optimal!
Techni-Dome Desiccators provide a roomy interior for moisture sensitive materials!

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  • Spacious 65 liter (4000 cu. in.) internal volume can hold items up to 45cm (18") tall or wide, including racks, trays, and instruments
  • Offers a clear, unobstructed view of contents
  • Made from chemical resistant polycarbonate

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2017 Press Room

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PRESS RELEASE
May 8, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Teri Rocco
trocco@belart.com - 1-800-423-5278
Bel-Art - SP Scienceware

Cable-Free Sample Temperature Verification

Wayne, NJ-May 8, 2017

Verifying sample temperatures has never been easier with new, cable-free Calibrated Electronic Verification Lollipop Stem Thermometers from Bel-Art – SP Scienceware.

“These Lollipop Stem Thermometers are compact, all-in-one units with the display attached directly to the probe instead of with a cable commonly used in electronic verification thermometers,” explains Laura Geenen, Director of Product Management for SP Scienceware. “The entire digital unit can be placed inside a refrigerator, incubator, or room to verify the temperature of the samples within.”
Cabled electronic verification thermometers are useful in ovens and freezers, and other applications that require the temperature to be verified without disrupting the samples’ environment. However, for applications where the temperature is verified less frequently, or can be checked during routine entry of the environment, the compact, cable-free Lollipop thermometer is the superior choice.

Available with general calibration, or with calibration specific to refrigerators, incubators, or ambient temperatures, all of the Lollipop Stem Thermometers are supplied with calibration documents that meet the requirements of ISO 17025. General calibration models are priced at $59.48 while the specific calibration models have a list price of $99.98.

For more information on the H-B Frio-Temp Calibrated Electronic Verification Lollipop Stem Thermometers or the complete line of laboratory offerings from Bel-Art – SP Scienceware, call 1-800-423-5278, email info@belart.com or visit www.belart.com. To download catalogs from any of the SP Scienceware brands (Bel-Art, H-B Instrument or Wilmad-LabGlass), visit www.belart.com/catalogs.

Research, industrial and healthcare professionals rely on SP Scienceware for their sample handling needs. Sold worldwide, Bel-Art and H-B Instrument brand laboratory supplies include over 5,000 items from safety wash bottles to fume hoods, thermometers, racks, desiccators, hydrometers, ice buckets, scoops and spoons. Custom calibration services, plastic molding, specialty coatings and wire manufacturing are also available. Wilmad-LabGlass brand laboratory glassware complements Bel-Art and H-B Instrument with over 7000 items including NMR and EPR consumables and specialty glassware, as well as custom fabrication for individual glassware, glass repair services and OEM glass parts.
SP Scienceware is a division of Warminster, PA based SP Industries which also include SP Scientific laboratory, thermal management, and pharmaceutical production equipment and SP Ableware aids for daily living.

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PRESS RELEASE
April 13, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Teri Rocco
trocco@belart.com - 1-800-423-5278
Bel-Art - SP Scienceware

Save with H-B Verification Thermometers Calibrated for Specific Applications

Wayne, NJ-April 13, 2017

Factory calibrated instruments eliminate the need for expensive, time consuming custom calibration. H-B Instrument – SP Scienceware now stocks Electronic Verification Thermometers calibrated specifically for Freezers, Refrigerators and Incubators.

“Better service for our customers is our top priority, so offering thermometers calibrated at the most frequently requested points saves users both time and money,” explains Laura Geenen, Director of Product Management for SP Scienceware. “Rather than purchasing a thermometer calibrated at general points and sending it in for custom calibration, customers can now order the temperature range and calibration points specific to these common applications right off-the-shelf.”

Equipped with liquid or glass bead filled bottles which mimic the sample, these thermometers deliver temperature verification without the risk of sample contamination. Multiple models are available with features including dual zone, single or multiple displays, alarms and more.
H-B FRIO-Temp® Calibrated Electronic Verification Thermometers are priced from $127.80 to $168.90 depending on the temperature range and number of calibration points. General calibration at 0˚ and 50˚C or 0˚ and 100˚C are also available and range in price from $67.70 to $100.95 and include models suitable for ovens.

For more information on the H-B Frio-Temp Calibrated Electronic Verification Thermometers for Freezers, Refrigerators, Incubators, and Ovens, or the complete line of laboratory offerings from Bel-Art – SP Scienceware, call 1-800-423-5278, email info@belart.com or visit www.belart.com. To download catalogs from any of the SP Scienceware brands (Bel-Art, H-B Instrument or Wilmad-LabGlass), visit www.belart.com/catalogs.

Research, industrial and healthcare professionals rely on SP Scienceware for their sample handling needs. Sold worldwide, Bel-Art and H-B Instrument brand laboratory supplies include over 5,000 items from safety wash bottles to fume hoods, thermometers, racks, desiccators, hydrometers, ice buckets, scoops and spoons. Custom calibration services, plastic molding, specialty coatings and wire manufacturing are also available. Wilmad-LabGlass brand laboratory glassware complements Bel-Art and H-B Instrument with over 7000 items including NMR and EPR consumables and specialty glassware, as well as custom fabrication for individual glassware, glass repair services and OEM glass parts.
SP Scienceware is a division of Warminster, PA based SP Industries which also include SP Scientific laboratory, thermal management, and pharmaceutical production equipment and SP Ableware aids for daily living.

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Teri Rocco
trocco@belart.com - 1-800-423-5278
Bel-Art - SP Scienceware

Disposable Paper Spoons Save Space and Stay Rigid During Sampling

Wayne, NJ- January 19, 2017 - EcoTensil® Disposable Paper Sampling Spoons by Bel-Art® - SP Scienceware® are made of a coated paperboard that stands up to powders, gels, and semi solids.

"EcoTensil spoons lay flat when stored and, in one simple step, fold into a functional spoon for sampling and retrieving materials, making them a great, space-saving addition to any laboratory or testing facility," according to Ed Murphy, product manager for Bel-Art - SP Scienceware. "They also use 50-90% less material than comparable volume plastic spoons. They are compostable and recyclable, helping laboratories go green in 2017."

EcoTensil Spoons can be used as weigh boats, saving time and money by eliminating the need for glassine sheets.

 

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EcoTensil Disposable Paper Sampling Spoons, catalog no. H36740-1030, have a suggested list price of $25.20 for a pack of 416 spoons. Free samples can be obtained by visiting www.belart.com/EcoTensilSample.

To see the Scienceware EcoTensil Disposable Paper Sampling Spoons in action, go to www.belart.com/EcoTensilVideo.

For more information on the EcoTensil Disposable Paper Sampling Spoons or the complete line of laboratory offerings from Bel-Art - SP Scienceware, call 1-800-423-5278,  email info@belart.com or visit www.belart.com. To download catalogs from any of the SP Scienceware brands (Bel-Art, H-B Instrument or Wilmad-LabGlass), visit www.belart.com/catalogs.

Research, industrial and healthcare professionals rely on SP Scienceware for their sample handling needs. Sold worldwide, Bel-Art and H-B Instrument brand laboratory supplies include over 5,000 items from safety wash bottles to fume hoods, thermometers, racks, desiccators, hydrometers, ice buckets, scoops and spoons. Custom calibration services, plastic molding, specialty coatings and wire manufacturing are also available. Wilmad-LabGlass brand laboratory glassware complements Bel-Art and H-B Instrument with over 7000 items including NMR and EPR consumables and specialty glassware, as well as custom fabrication for individual glassware, glass repair services and OEM glass parts.
SP Scienceware is a division of Warminster, PA based SP Industries which also include SP Scientific laboratory, thermal management, and pharmaceutical production equipment and SP Ableware aids for daily living.
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