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Femtosecond X-ray spectroscopy

fs-X-Ray-sElectron movements in a transient state of a reaction important in biochemical and optoelectronic processes have been captured and, for the first time, directly characterised using ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Spectral imaging used to detect water main leaks in France

The WADI project is using hyperspectral, multispectral and thermographic infrared imaging to detect soil moisture and those leaks from water mains in rural areas.

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New mass spec imaging camera reveals molecular secrets

JCP-Hockett-molecule-images-sQuantum mechanics dictates how particles and forces interact, and thus how atoms and molecules work, for example, what happens when a molecule goes from a higher-energy state to a lower-energy one. But beyond the simplest molecules, the details become very complex. Now, a Pixel-Imaging Mass Spectrometry camera and a femtosecond vacuum ultraviolet light source are showing how does quantum mechanics work in larger, more complex systems.

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Multiple spectroscopy techniques reveal content of fish farming waste water

Chilean-Fish-Farm-sSalmon is one of the most popular edible fish of all. Shops sell fish caught in the wild, but their main produce is salmon from breeding farms, the effluent from which can pollute rivers, lakes and oceans. German and Chilean scientists have used fluorescence measurements, high-resolution mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to answer this question.

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Winner of Canadian Gairdner Award recognised for NMR developments

Lewis E. Kay is to receive a 2017 Canada Gairdner Award for his contributions to the field of biomolecular NMR spectroscopy.

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numares AG and Oxford University to collaborate on development of NMR-based Multiple Sclerosis diagnostic test

numares AG and Oxford University are collaborating to develop an nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based in vitro diagnostic (IVD) test to improve therapeutic decision making for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). This is based on research conducted at Oxford to differentiate MS patients by metabolic biomarkers using NMR spectra. numares will provide its Magnetic Group Signaling® (MGS®) technology to Oxford to advance research toward the creation of a non-invasive diagnostic test.

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Travelling-wave ion mobility mass spectrometry elucidates gold-binding sites of drugs

TWIM-MS_Gold_Fingers-sDrugs containing gold have been used for centuries to treat conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, they can be effective against cancer and HIV. One mechanism by which they work could occur because gold ions force the zinc ions out of zinc fingers—looped, nucleic acid binding protein domains. American researchers have characterised such “gold fingers” using ion mobility mass spectrometry and identified the exact gold binding sites.

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EPR spectroscopy on the trail of Parkinson’s disease

Alpha-Synuclein-sChemists from the University of Konstanz have used electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy to prove what happens when selective mutations occur to alpha-synuclein protein.

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2017 Tomas Hirschfeld Award

Tsuchikawa-sThe 2017 Tomas Hirschfeld Award has been made to Satoru Tsuchikawa of Nagoya University, Japan.

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IR images of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease

hjarna_sheet_per_uvdal-sInfrared spectroscopy images provide new insight into the development of plaques in early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

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Research spotlights early signs of disease using infrared spectroscopy

University of Sydney researchers have used infrared spectroscopy to spotlight changes in tiny cell fragments called microvesicles to probe their role in a model of the body’s immunological response to bacterial infection.

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