850 MHz NMR for national facility at Warwick

warwick-850-nmr-sUK researchers will gain new insights into vital high tech engineering materials and novel pharmaceuticals thanks to the creation of the UK’s most powerful NMR device for solids now sited in a national research facility in the University of Warwick’s Centre for Magnetic Resonance.

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New laser to increase Raman data acquisition

robert-huberRobert Huber from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich has received a Starting Grant awarded by the European Research Council (ERC). The grant is worth 1.2 million Euros over a period of five years. The Starting Grants scheme is designed to support the work of outstandingly creative young investigators who are engaged in research at the forefront of their respective fields.

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Measurement Science in Chemistry degree produces its first graduates

The first group of graduates of a new European Master's degree received their diplomas at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Geel, Belgium. The degree, “Measurement Science in Chemistry”, was based on training initiatives developed by the JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM).

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Study describes a tabletop source of bright, coherent X-rays

Producing tightly focused beams of high energy X-rays, to examine everything from molecular structures to the integrity of aircraft wings, could become simpler and cheaper according to new research.

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ToF-SIMS for better explosives detectors

Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) is proving to be critical for identifying and differentiating the various components of explosives. ToF-SIMS can potentially be used to differentiate between explosive manufacturers and to reveal an explosive material’s country of origin.

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Fluorescence eye test reveals neurological diseases in livestock

fl-scrapie-sheep-sThe eyes of sheep infected with scrapie—a neurological disorder similar to mad cow disease—return an intense, almost-white glow when they're illuminated with blue excitation light, according to a research project led by Iowa State University's Jacob Petrich.

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2011 Bunsen-Kirchhoff Award for Analytical Spectroscopy

The DASp seeks nominations for the 2011 Bunsen-Kirchhoff Award for Analytical Spectroscopy to honour preferably the work of young scientists from universities, research institutes or industry who made excellent contributions to analytical spectroscopy.

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Hairbrush for functional NIR imaging of brain

fNIR-hairbrush1-sOne of the main techniques for measuring and monitoring mental activity, functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), can often be impaired because a person’s hair gets in the way. A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington have developed a “brush optrode”, which provides increased sensitivity with fibre tips designed to thread through hair to enhance scalp contact.

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Rutherford Lecture celebrates Raman anniversary

Professor Robin ClarkProfessor Robin Clark CNZM FRS, Sir William Ramsay Professor Emeritus, UCL, gave the University of Canterbury's premier biennial lecture, the Rutherford Lecture, in the Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand, on “Raman's legacy: Spectroscopy in the Cause of Art and Archaeology” on 29 September 2010.

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