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Solvents and skin: Solid state NMR of fluid molecules

Date: Feb 1, 2017

Author: David Bradley

Swedish scientists have used solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to investigate how individual organic solvent molecules used in skin creams, medicated ointments and cleaning products interact with the biochemistry of human skin and whether or not they can enter the skin.

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Journal Highlight: Modelling the transformation of organic materials in soil with nuclear magnetic resonance spectra

Date: Jan 30, 2017

Author: spectroscopyNOW

Solid state 13C NMR spectroscopy gave better predictions of the transformations resulting from adding organic matter to soils than biochemical fractionation and near infrared reflectance spectrometry.

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Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry Special Issue: Perspectives on the future of NMR

Date: Jan 23, 2017

Author: spectroscopyNOW

The new young Associate Editorial Board of MRC enthusiastically summarise the challenges and perspectives in their respective fields of magnetic resonance research.

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Painting with gumtion: Accelerating art

Date: Jan 15, 2017

Author: David Bradley

J.W.M. Turner used gumtion to make his paintings dynamic. It wasn't simply that he was a dab hand with the brush, he literally used a mixture called gumtion comprising mastic resin with a lead acetate additive to make his oils flow more slicker and smoother across the canvas a spectroscopic study shows.

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Sweet substitution: NMR and insulin analogue

Date: Jan 6, 2017

Author: David Bradley

Replacing a particular hydrogen with an iodine atom to create a halogenated insulin analogue maintains the functionality of the glucose-control hormone but makes it act much faster. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography have been used to investigate the structure.

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Journal Highlight: 14N Solid-state NMR spectroscopy of amino acids

Date: Jan 1, 2017

Author: spectroscopyNOW

14N Ultra-wideline solid-state NMR spectra were obtained for 16 naturally occurring amino acids and four related derivatives by using the WURST–CPMG pulse sequence and frequency-stepped techniques.

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Bacterial insomnia: NMR finds dormancy inhibitors

Date: Dec 15, 2016

Author: David Bradley

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and other techniques have allowed an international team to reveal compounds that inhibit the bacterial ability to become dormant. Their work shows for the first time an oxygen-sensitive toxin-antitoxin system that might lead the way to new drugs to defeat bacterial resistance.

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The spliceosome: NMR spFRET dice up protein complex

Date: Dec 1, 2016

Author: David Bradley

Prior to gene expression in the cell, the non-coding regions of the genome have to be removed by the spliceosome. A joint single pair Förster resonance energy transfer (spFRET) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy study by researchers in Munich suggests that distinct conformations of a member of this molecular complex play a vital role in the process, with implications for biomedical science.

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Journal Highlight: Recent applications of NMR in food and dietary studies

Date: Nov 28, 2016

Author: spectroscopyNOW

The state-of-the-art research in the past two years has been reviewed across various sub-disciplines of NMR-based metabolomics research related to agriculture, food and dietary sciences.

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A salted battery: NMR by-products

Date: Nov 15, 2016

Author: David Bradley

Sodium-oxygen batteries have much improved cycle life due to highly concentrated electrolytes, according to US researchers who have used nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to identify the discharge byproducts.

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