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Photomicrograph of the melt inclusions
1 Sep 2015

Tiny beads of volcanic glass found on the lunar surface during the Apollo missions are a sign that fire fountain eruptions took place on the Moon’s surface. Now, using secondary ion mass spectrometry, scientists from Brown University and the Carnegie Institution for Science have identified the volatile gas that drove those eruptions.

Photograph of Klaus Berka
31 Aug 2015

Analytik Jena celebrates its 25th anniversary. As one of the first companies founded in East Germany after the fall of the Berlin wall, they have grown to offer a wide range of analytical products including a wide wide of atomic spectroscopy instrumentation.

Photograph of Matthias Mann
31 Aug 2015

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded a grant of DKK 60 million for an ambitious new research programme in clinical proteomics at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen. This project is to be led by Professor and Programme Director Matthias Mann. Matthias Mann has authored and co-authored more than 500 publications with a total citation count of more than 100,000, making him one of the most highly cited researchers worldwide.

31 Aug 2015

A clinically approved assay system based on surface enhanced resonance Raman spectroscopy has been launched by Renishaw Diagnostics.

28 Aug 2015

Avantes has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification. They have implemented a robust quality management system to guide and govern all their operations. “With independent registration of our firm by an outside auditor, you can be assured that we have committed to the highest standards in our operations, production, and management”, says Benno Oderkerk, CEO.

Photos and diagrams of the new sampling interface
28 Aug 2015

Material dissolved in the liquid at the port tip is immediately transported into the mass spectrometer, ionised, detected and characterised.

Schematic of the process
27 Aug 2015

Thanks to seven years of work done at the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center and Hiroshima University, scientists can take a peek into a single plant cell and—within minutes—get a view of the small molecules, including metabolites, hormones, nutrients and lipids inside it by mass spectrometry.

27 Aug 2015

Agilent is collaborating with researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York, USA, to investigate the molecular underpinnings of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis using a multi-omics approach.

Images of fingerprints showing the change in distribution of palmitic acid and the more immobile waxy residue.
27 Aug 2015

Watch the imprint of a tyre track in soft mud, and it will slowly blur, the ridges of the pattern gradually flowing into the valleys. Using imaging mass spectrometry, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have tested the theory that a similar effect could be used to give forensic scientists something they have long wished for: a way to date fingerprints.

Photo of Carsten Schriver Højskov
26 Aug 2015

SCIEX has announced that Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark has invested in SCIEX QTRAP® 6500 technology to develop novel mass spectrometry-based assays for clinical research laboratories. Scientists at the hospital’s Department of Clinical Biochemistry are using the QTRAP 6500 LC-MS/MS system for advanced clinical research.

25 Aug 2015

Canadian researchers have used SERS to screen blood samples for molecular traces that indicate the presence of precancerous polyps in the colon, a key warning sign for colon cancer. Their results may yield a cheaper and less invasive initial screening test for colon cancer that could complement colonoscopy, though further clinical trials will need to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the blood test before it is routinely used.

Figure showing ionisation times obtained numerically using TDSE calculations.
25 Aug 2015

The combination of ab initio numerical experiments and theory shows that optical tunnelling of an electron from an atom can occur instantaneously.

Diagram showing the two nozzles of the liquid flatjet system
25 Aug 2015

A major advance in solution-phase soft X-ray spectroscopy has been achieved utilising a new liquid flatjet system, paving the way for novel steady-state and time-resolved experiments.

Photo of Noboru Ohtani
25 Aug 2015

Raman microscopy is being used alongside high-resolution X-ray diffraction to unpick the reasons for crystallographic defects in SiC bulk crystal and epitaxial film, which limit the commercialisation of SiC devices.

Photo of Benoit Coulombe
23 Aug 2015

A partnership between the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal and Nuclea Biotechnologies has been formed to use quantitative mass spectrometry-based assays for insulin, proinsulin and c-peptide to determine risk and progression of type 2 diabetes.

20 Aug 2015

In initial tests, a novel near infrared spectroscopy device assesses shock severity as accurately as a standard blood sample, without a single needle prick.

Photo of patient breathing into the analyser
19 Aug 2015

Researchers at the University of Birmingham, UK,  have published results that suggest a non-invasive breath test for liver disease using a proton transfer reaction mass spectrometer.

Photo of HRH Princess Anne meeting Renishaw staff
18 Aug 2015

Renishaw’s Spectroscopy Products Division (SPD) has moved to the new Renishaw Innovation Centre located at the company’s New Mills headquarters in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, UK. This is a brand new building providing an additional 153,000 ft2 of space for Renishaw adjacent to the company’s iconic HQ, which is a converted 19th century woollen mill. The RIC was opened on 7 July 2015 by HRH The Princess Royal.

Spectrally resolved super-resolution microscopy image of four sub-cellular targets that were labelled by four far-red dyes at 10-nm spectral separation.
18 Aug 2015

Combining fluorescence spectroscopy and “stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy” enables the imaging of single molecules with unprecedented spectral and spatial resolution, thus leading to the first “true-colour” super-resolution microscope.

Photo of Zimon Norlin
17 Aug 2015

Ocean Optics has increased support for its EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) business with the appointment of Zimon Norlin to the position of EMEA Service and Operations Manager. Norlin will be charged with growing regional access to Ocean Optics’ spectroscopy products and applications knowledge.