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Droning on and off: Infrared mine detection

Date: Jul 1, 2018

Author: David Bradley

Cost effective and time efficient remote sensing that uses a "drone" equipped with an infrared camera can detect plastic munitions and explosives of concern such as so-called "butterfly" mines has enormous potential for clearing up lethal objects left behind after a military conflict.

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Journal Highlight: TGA/FTIR study of the pyrolysis of sodium citrate and its effect on the pyrolysis of tobacco and tobacco/SBA‐15 mixtures under N2 and air atmospheres

Date: Jun 4, 2018

Author: spectroscopyNOW

The effect of sodium citrate mixed with tobacco, in the presence and absence of SBA‐15 silica, was studied by TGA/FTIR under nitrogen and air atmospheres.

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Label free: Infrared cancer diagnosis

Date: Jun 1, 2018

Author: David Bradley

Early diagnosis of colorectal cancer offers the best prognosis. Now, a label-free method based on mid-infrared microscopy has been developed for rapid diagnosis of this prevalent form of cancer.

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Pillars of Creation: Clues to life

Date: May 1, 2018

Author: David Bradley

Scientists have mimicked the extreme conditions of deep space - cryogenic temperatures, ultrahigh vacuum, lots of ice particles covered with methane, ammonia, and carbon dioxide - and then blasted this miniature universe with low energy electrons, which are abundant in space, to see if they can generate the molecules of life, the amino acids. They used various techniques to pluck out information about of the products and suggest that Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy might be used to obtain...

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Journal Highlight: Hydrocerussite‐related minerals and materials: structural principles, chemical variations and infrared spectroscopy

Date: Apr 30, 2018

Author: spectroscopyNOW

The general structural principles, chemical variations and IR spectra of the rapidly growing family of hydrocerussite‐related minerals and synthetic materials have been reviewed and the crystal structures of hydrocerussite from Merehead quarry, Somerset, England, and of its synthetic analogue, have been reported here for the first time.

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Journal Highlight: The influence of bound water on the FTIR characteristics of starch and starch nanocrystals obtained from selected natural sources

Date: Apr 3, 2018

Author: spectroscopyNOW

Starch nanocrystals produced from natural sources like rice, ragi, wheat and sorghum have been compared by FTIR, DSC and TGA, showing that more bound water interacts with starch compared to starch nanocrystals.

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Flickering light: Electrical impulse

Date: Apr 1, 2018

Author: David Bradley

A material that generates an electrical impulse when sunlight flickers over it has been developed by researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University, Sweden, the work extends an infrared materials previously developed by the team.

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Journal Highlight: ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and μ-EDXRF spectrometry monitoring of enamel erosion caused by medicaments used in the treatment of respiratory diseases

Date: Mar 5, 2018

Author: spectroscopyNOW

The erosive capacities of the four most commonly prescribed respiratory disease syrup medicaments on enamel have been estimated using micro-energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.

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Squid skin: Infrared biomimetic nanoparticles

Date: Mar 1, 2018

Author: David Bradley

Nanoparticles that mimic the properties of squid skin can modulate electromagnetic radiation in the visible to short-wave infrared region, according to US scientists.

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RNA world: IR reveals watery shell

Date: Feb 5, 2018

Author: David Bradley

Two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy allows the time evolution of vibrational excitations to be mapped in the interaction of RNA with water molecules to reveal how water molecules at the nucleic acid's surface undergo tipping motions or librations.

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