"SpectroPen" could aid surgeons in detecting edges of tumours

SpectroPenBiomedical engineers are developing a hand-held device called a SpectroPen that could help surgeons see the edges of tumours in human patients in real time during surgery. Statistics indicate that complete removal, or resection, is the single most important predictor of patient survival for most solid tumours.

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New FT-IR oil detection technique

CSIRO scientist, Sean Forrester, using the hand-held FT-IR to detect oil in soil. Image courtesy Ben Dearman, Ziltek Pty LtdCSIRO scientists have developed a new technique using a hand-held FT-IR spectrometer for the rapid on-site detection and quantification of petroleum hydrocarbons (commonly derived from crude oil) in soil, silt, sediment or rock.

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NMR/MRI for microfluidics

Pines-microflow-sThrough a combination of remote instrumentation, JPEG-style image compression algorithms and other key enhancements, Alexander Pines and members of his research group have been able to use Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to image materials flowing through microfluidic “lab-on-a-chip” devices and zoom in on microscopic objects of particular interest with unprecedented spatial and time resolutions.

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Tea leaves identified using ICP and neural networks

Tea-ICP-ANN-sA team of chemists from the University of Seville, Spain, has managed to distinguish between different kinds of tea leaves on the basis of their mineral content and by using artificial neural networks. This technique makes it possible to differentiate between the five main varieties of tea—white, green black, Oolong and red tea.

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Cocaine stored in alcohol: Raman and magnetic resonance test from outside the bottle

cocaine-sIn two studies published today in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis, UK and Swiss research teams reveal two techniques proven to identify dissolved cocaine in bottles of wine or rum. These tools will allow customs officials to quickly identify bottles being used to smuggle cocaine, without the need to open or disturb the container.

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Subcutaneous oxygen levels by NIR may predict surgical infection risk

NIR-O2-sA simple technique for measuring subcutaneous oxygen concentrations by NIR spectroscopy may help to identify patients at high risk of developing infections after surgery, reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

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Life on Mars? Laser desorption MS may provide the answer

LDMS-on-Mars-sEurope 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.

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NMR Discussion Group Postgraduate meeting—24th June 2010

NMRDG-2010-1-sThe 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.

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The ESN Archive

ESN-Issue-1-CoverAs 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.

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