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New electron scattering theory speeds up materials analysis

Electron_backscattering-sA new description of electron scattering in the surface layers of samples proposed by the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw significantly speeds up materials analysis and enables a better understanding of what can really be seen in a sample.

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Painless, quick and reliable method for diagnosing Helicobacter from exhaled air

VTT_Helicobacter-sDiagnosis of Helicobacter infection is unpleasant for the patient; now an optical absorption spectroscopy instrument can provide diagnosis with 100% accuracy.

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Remote imaging system to spot bridge corrosion from 100m away

Remote simultaneous 3D and spectral imaging will provide direct identification of surface rust and corrosion on structures including bridges and pylons.

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fNIRS study finds differences in male, female brain activity when it comes to cooperation

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Using fNIRS to track the brain activity of both participants, when people are asked to cooperate with a partner, found that males and females had different patterns of shared brain activity.

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Tuneable lasers improve infrared spectroscopy

New broad-band tuneable infrared laser is single-chip, solid-state and offers high-power rapid tuning.

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Superconducting insert coil produces 25 Tesla

Unige_Superconductivity-sA superconducting insert coil made from a copper-oxide-based ceramic, YBCO, has raised the magnetic field achievable to 25 Tesla.

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New design may lead to improved X-ray spectrometers

Resolved_micro-meter_interference_fringes-sSwiss researchers improve an interferometry technique by utilising the interference fringe, an aspect previously viewed as a nuisance, and increase the efficiency of X-ray flux.

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The meteoritic origin of Tutankhamun’s iron dagger blade

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Tutankhamuns_Dagger-sAn international research team has shown, using XRF that the iron in Tutankhamun’s dagger blade is of meteoritic origin.

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X-ray fluorescence reveals hidden medieval pages

MA-XRF_technique_visualizes_a_medieval_fragment-sResearchers from Leiden and Delft are using Macro X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (MA-XRF) to read remains of medieval manuscripts hidden inside the bindings which had been “recycled” after the Middle Ages.

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FT-IR spectra from picolitre-samples of protein

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FT-IR-pL-Protein-sFT-IR spectroscopy can greatly increase the amount of information that can be extracted from a protein microarray. High-quality spectra can be obtained from spots of protein no larger than the diameter of a human hair.

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Brillouin spectroscopy for biological applications

Brillouin-sBrillouin spectroscopy has been an effective tool for non-invasively examining materials for several decades, and with a new spectrometer design can now tackle biological samples.

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