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Invisibility cloak: Hiding the microscopic

Date: Oct 1, 2015

Author: David Bradley

A microscopic invisibility cloak based on brick-like blocks of gold nanoantennae could pave the way to a flexible device for making an object invisible in visible light.

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Journal Highlight: Near-infrared spectroscopy for intracoronary detection of lipid-rich plaques to understand atherosclerotic plaque biology in man and guide clinical therapy

Date: Sep 15, 2015

Author: spectroscopyNOW

Near-infrared spectroscopy combined with intravascular ultrasound is a promising new intracoronary imaging method that is able to specifically quantify lipid accumulation measured as the lipid core burden index.

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To dye for: Breast cancer on the margins

Date: Sep 1, 2015

Author: David Bradley

Molecular dyes, more well known as food colourants, have been used for NIR diffuse spectroscopic observations of resectioned breast tissue for women treated with breast-conserving cancer surgery.

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Journal Highlight: Detection and quantification of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cow milk by near-infrared spectroscopy

Date: Aug 15, 2015

Author: spectroscopyNOW

Near-IR spectroscopy was used to detect and discriminate between Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cow milk, to assess the degree of spoilage.

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Neurodegenerative disease: New infrared clues

Date: Aug 1, 2015

Author: David Bradley

Scientists at l'École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have successfully combined infrared spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy in nanoIR to distinguish between disease-causing aggregation of proteins and normal activity, the findings could lead to new clues regarding neurodegenerative diseases.

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Journal Highlight: Fourier transformed near infrared (FT-NIR) spectroscopy for the estimation of parameters in pretreated lignocellulosic materials for bioethanol production

Date: Jul 15, 2015

Author: spectroscopyNOW

Prediction models were developed with FT-NIR spectroscopy and multivariate analysis for the cellulose crystallinity index, saccharification and ethanol yield, and glucan, hemicellulose and lignin content of two pulps.

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Nuclear spintronics: Infrared turns up the heat

Date: Jul 1, 2015

Author: David Bradley

Nuclear spintronic technologies are a step closer thanks to US researchers. They have used infrared radiation to align nuclear spins in a  consistent and controllable way using a  high-performance silicon carbide material that is practical, convenient and inexpensive.

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Journal Highlight: Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies evaluated by near-infrared spectroscopy

Date: Jun 15, 2015

Author: spectroscopyNOW

In this study, near-infrared spectroscopy was studied to see if it can determine the metabolic patterns of dermatomyositis, polymyositis and inclusion-body myositis.

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The heat is on: Thermal behaviour of MOFs

Date: Jun 1, 2015

Author: David Bradley

The first measurements of the thermoelectric behaviour of a nanoporous metal-organic framework (MOF), including infrared temperature measurements, have been carried out and could point the way to an entirely new class of materials for a wide range applications from heatsinks for computer chips and cameras to energy harvesting. 

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Journal Highlight: Near-infrared spectroscopy reveals link between chronic physical activity and anterior frontal oxygenated hemoglobin in healthy young women

Date: May 15, 2015

Author: spectroscopyNOW

The relationships between physical activity levels, anterior frontal hemodynamics, and cognitive performance in 52 healthy young women have been examined using near-IR spectroscopy.

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