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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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Canine explosives detection: Complementary vapour analysis improves training

Date: Jul 15, 2017

Author: Steve Down

A mass spectrometer has been developed by scientists at MIT to measure explosive vapours in real time to assist training sniffer dogs in the field and develop better training materials.

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Journal Highlight: In vitro discrimination of wound-associated bacteria by volatile compound profiling using selected ion flow tube-mass spectrometry

Date: Jul 10, 2017

Author: spectroscopyNOW

Selected ion flow tube-mass spectrometry in full mass scan mode was used to analyse headspace gases produced by wound-associated bacteria in the wounds and on dressing materials.

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Black box drug testing: New psychoactive substances

Date: Jul 1, 2017

Author: Steve Down

A novel LC/MS method with high-resolution mass spectrometry has been applied to the detection of the drugs known as new psychoactive substances, with the ultimate aim of providing a black box solution for drug testing that requires minimal operator intervention.

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Answering Life's Questions with Spectroscopy

Date: Jun 28, 2017

Author: Jon Evans

Spectroscopy has been a common analytical technique in laboratories for many years. Recently, however, it has begun to emerge from the laboratory, both figuratively and literally, as more and more researchers discover that it is ideally placed to answer the questions they want to ask.

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