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New building air quality: Pinpointing flame retardant sources

Date: Oct 15, 2017

Author: Steve Down

Flame retardants and other semivolatile organic compounds have been measured in the air inside four different room types in a newly constructed building to identify their potential sources and track their levels over the first year of occupation.

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Journal Highlight: Mining molecular structure databases: Identification of small molecules based on fragmentation mass spectrometry data

Date: Oct 9, 2017

Author: spectroscopyNOW

Computational methods that help with the identification of small molecules by analyzing mass spectral fragmentation data have been reviewed, focusing on the four main approaches to mine a database.

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Discover leading research in cannabis detection

Date: Oct 3, 2017

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Cannabinoid research from an analytical viewpoint is rapidly developing as a more liberal approach to the medical, legal and social issues of the drug is adopted. Start reading our cannabinoid collection of papers here - free to access until the end of December.

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Ambient mass spectrometry: Airborne contaminants

Date: Oct 1, 2017

Author: Steve Down

Ambient mass spectrometry is touted as a fast and simple technique buoyed by minimal sample preparation requirements, but users should be wary of airborne contaminants, say US researchers, as they can complicate spectra in unexpected ways.

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New psychoactive substance screening: Wastewater from city festival

Date: Sep 15, 2017

Author: Steve Down

European scientists have used high-resolution mass spectrometry to screen for new psychoactive substances in wastewater during a city festival in Amsterdam, finding that traditional drugs are still dominant in the Dutch illicit drug scene.

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Journal Highlight: Imaging mass spectrometry for metabolites: technical progress, multimodal imaging, and biological interactions

Date: Sep 11, 2017

Author: spectroscopyNOW

Recent developments in the use of imaging mass spectrometry for metabolite analysis, focusing specifically on technological advancement and their applications, have been reviewed, including technical advances and recent applications.

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Turtle takeaway: Pollution monitor at the Great Barrier Reef

Date: Sep 1, 2017

Author: Steve Down

A non-specific mass spectrometric screening method has been used to detect pollutants in green sea turtles from the coastal region of the Great Barrier Reef by comparing with free-ranging turtles using a case control protocol.

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Exhaled breath: Doping control option

Date: Aug 15, 2017

Author: Steve Down

In a proof-of-concept study, German scientists have shown that exhaled breath can be used as a novel sampling medium by sports testing organisations for doping control, paving the way for another mode of noninvasive testing.

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Journal Highlight: Application of mass spectrometry in the characterization of chemicals in coal-derived liquids

Date: Aug 8, 2017

Author: spectroscopyNOW

The characterization of hydrocarbon, oxygen-containing, nitrogen-containing, sulfur-containing and halogen-containing chemicals in various coal-derived liquids by GC/MS, GCxGC-TOFMS and FTICR MS has been reviewed.

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Swabbing gunshot residues: Touch spray mass spectrometry for on-site analysis

Date: Aug 1, 2017

Author: Steve Down

Organic gunshot residues that have been deposited on human hands and other surfaces after shooting a weapon can be analysed in the field by swab touch spray mass spectrometry, eliminating sample preparation and reducing waiting times.

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