Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has recently released a new Microplastics Sampler for the collection of water samples for the analysis of microplastics.“Microplastics” refers to plastic particles smaller than 5 mm and includes fragments, films, pellets/nurdles, granules/beads, filaments and foams.The Microplastics Sampler from OSIL is a large-volume water sampler that allows researchers to collect and characterise suspended and sinking particles in the water column.The sampler collects 50 litres of water in a single sample and upon recovery the device remains upright on deck to allow dense particles to slowly sink to the bottom. The upper 5 litres can be drawn off to be sampled for positively buoyant plastics, with the next 40 litres slowly drained through a tap for neutrally buoyant materials. The bottom section of the water bottle, containing the remaining 5 litres of water and the dense plastic particles can then be disconnected from the main body. This lower section can then be analysed in the laboratory where the flat bottom of the chamber offers an excellent backdrop for photographing/ and or subsampling using a wide-bore pipette for further analysis.
Indianapolis, In. — The Domestic Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana is seeking comments on proposed changes to Indiana’s Child Support Guidelines, which are used to make decisions about child support in dissolutions of marriage, legal separations, paternity cases, Title IV-D proceedings, and all other actions for child support.The proposed changes address:A parent’s legal duty to support a prior-born child when no court order existsConsideration of whether a child support amount prohibits a parent’s ability to support himself or herselfIn-kind benefits and payments from structured settlements as incomeSituations in which a parent is incarceratedClarification of children’s health insurance costsFeedback will be accepted until noon EDT, Friday, May 17, 2019. Comments may be submitted online or sent by mail to the Indiana Office of Court Services, c/o Domestic Relations Committee, 251 North Illinois Street, Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46204.The Domestic Relations Committee is composed of judicial officers from across Indiana and receives staff support from the Indiana Office of Court Services. The Committee will review public comments to assist in recommending amendments of the Child Support Guidelines to the Indiana Supreme Court. The Court has the final authority over the Guidelines.