Europe is getting ready for its first unmanned visit to the surface of Mars. The first European Mars Rover on a joint mission of the American and European space agencies, NASA and ESA, will take off in 2018. The 250 kg Rover will roll over the surface of Mars at a speed of 100 m per hour. While doing so, it will inspect the surface and gather up ground and rock samples, some of them up to 2 m deep. The main goals of the so-called EXOMARS mission are to search for traces of former or present life on the earth-like planet, and to prepare for the arrival of a manned Mars landing.
The School of Chemistry at Leeds University provided an ideal venue for the 2010 Royal Society of Chemistry NMR Discussion Group Postgraduate meeting. This one-day conference has now become an annual event, comprising talks and posters presented by early career researchers, giving them an opportunity to showcase their research in a friendly and informal atmosphere. On this occasion, overview presentations were also given by leading experts in their fields. Delegates included established scientists and group leaders from both academia and industry, providing a supportive and stimulating environment for all those presenting.
As many of you may know, Spectroscopy Europe is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2010. It was first published, as European Spectroscopy News, in 1975. After an appeal earlier in the year, I have been able to obtain copies of almost all issues (issues 36 and 38 are missing, so if you have them ...) thanks to Alan Boyd of Heriot-Watt University: Alan, I am extremely grateful. This enables us to start digitising some of the content of these old issues, what I intend to call the “ESN Archive”. This will be built up as time permits to include all articles, interviews, columns and items that seem of particular relevance or importance.
Research that made it to the cover of Analytical Chemistry has shown that a detection method developed by researchers at the University of Twente’s research institutes MESA+ and MIRA is even more sensitive than demonstrated earlier.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have revealed new details about how cannibalistic bacteria identify peers suitable for consumption. The work, which employed imaging mass spectrometry, is a first step toward a broader effort to map all signalling molecules between organisms.
Kenneth Standing and Werner Ens from the University of Manitoba have won the Manning Innovation Award, which has been recognising and encouraging innovation in Canada since 1982. The award is given to Canadians who have demonstrated recent innovative talent in developing and successfully marketing a new concept, process or procedure.
Counterfeiting of drugs is a huge industry with an annual turnover of more than €50 billion. In Africa the situation is extremely serious: half of the malaria medication sold there could be ineffective or even harmful. Researchers from Lund University, Sweden, and King’s College London, UK, have now developed a technique based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) that could provide a good way to identify counterfeit drugs.
Infrared spectroscopy can detect E. coli faster than current testing methods and can cut days off investigations of outbreaks, according to a study at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy can distinguish between neurological diseases in patients without clear symptoms.
- Mapping the Structure of Protonated Water Clusters
- Initial Trials on New Ovarian Cancer Tests with Mass Spec Exhibit Extremely High Accuracy
- Bruker to Acquire Veeco's Scanning Probe Microscopy and Optical Industrial Metrology Scientific Instruments Business
- Tracking valence electrons in real time with pump–probe spectroscopy
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- The emerging use of magnetic resonance imaging to study river bed dynamics
- Graphene characterisation and standardisation via Raman spectroscopy
- Direct Analysis in Real Time mass spectrometry and its application for the analysis of polydimethylsiloxanes
- The use of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry to quantify chemical hazards in natural history collections: arsenic and mercury in taxidermy bird specimens
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