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3 Jun 2016

FT-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.

18 May 2016

Brillouin 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.

26 Apr 2016

Using time-, energy- and angular-resolved photoelectron imaging a team of researchers has been able to make snapshots of coupled Rydberg orbitals evolving in time during an ultrafast autoionisation process.

13 Apr 2016

Version 10.4 of the Unscrambler X now includes Design-Expert from Stat-Ease, replacing the previous Design of Experiments (DOE) module. 

30 Mar 2016

Scientists from the universities of Oxford and Manchester, UK, have used a mass spectrometry molecular fingerprinting technique to identify one Neanderthal bone from around 2000 tiny bone fragments.

24 Mar 2016

University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, researchers have made a microscopic snapshot of the early renal lipid changes in acute kidney injury, using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation (MALDI) tissue imaging to localise the changes.

18 Mar 2016

New method allows hyperpolarised xenon gas, to be dissolved into minute samples of substances without disrupting their molecular order during NMR spectroscopy.

18 Mar 2016

Researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA, have determined that light reflectance spectroscopy can differentiate between malignant and benign prostate tissue with 85% accuracy.

The THz lens looking small between gloved fingers
18 Mar 2016

Terahertz radiation is of growing interest due to its potential for new spectroscopy and imaging applications as well as wireless communication networks with extremely high bandwidth. However, there are few off-the-shelf components available for manipulating terahertz waves.

18 Mar 2016

Fluorescence spectroscopy has been used to study the ancient pigment, Egyptian blue.

18 Mar 2016

Entries for the IRDG Chalmers and Dent Student Travel Award for a PhD to present their research at the SciX meeting.

17 Feb 2016

At a ceremony at the University of Copenhagen, Waters officially welcomed the University’s Forensic Chemistry Laboratory within the Department of Forensic Medicine into the Waters Centers of Innovation Program.

Photo of the BioHub
17 Feb 2016

New UK laboratory provides access to analytical technologies to help strengthen modern life and health sciences research.

Depiction of the state of the protein α-synuclein in living, healthy cells. Credit: Philipp Selenko
15 Feb 2016

The protein α-synuclein plays an important role in Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Although a considerable amount is known about the structure of the protein within the Parkinson’s-typical amyloid deposits, nothing was known about its original state in the healthy cell up to now. High-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy have helped to visualise the protein in healthy cells.

Photo of the Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) in Thailand
12 Feb 2016

Edinburgh Instruments have installated one of their fluorescence spectroscopy systems at the brand new Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) in Thailand.

Photo of University of Valencia researchers Úrsula Escrivá, María Jesús Andrés, Vicent Andreu and Yolanda Picó
9 Feb 2016

We are all probably aware of the detection of metabolites in wastewater to indicate the levels of illegal drug usage in a locality, but researchers at the University of Valencia have extended this to monitor alcohol consumption in near real time.

3 Feb 2016

Fake or low-quality medicines and food supplements are a continuing global problem in developing nations, and indeed the developed world is not immune. A low-cost, portable prototype using nuclear quadrupole resonance spectroscopy can detect tainted medicines and food supplements.

Photo of an open port sampling probe with its inventors, Vilmos Kertesz and Gary Van Berkel. Photo courtesy: ORNL
15 Jan 2016

The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Sciex of Framingham, MS, USA, have signed a licensing agreement for technologies that speed up, simplify and expand the use of mass spectrometry instrumentation.

8 Jan 2016

Terahertz imaging technology has the potential to help conservationists and academics better understand the history behind cultural artefacts.

8 Jan 2016

A chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a portable version of his headspace method for recovering trace chemicals such as environmental pollutants and forensic evidence including secret graves and arson fire debris.