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Waters acquires 'intelligent knife' technology

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Waters has acquired the rapid evaporative ionization mass spectrometry technology behind the 'intelligent knife', a device for real-time diagnostics during surgery.

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How strong is that drink?

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A simple colour test can check the ethanol content of drinks and detect counterfeit beverages containing methanol, which are a serious health hazard.

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Pollutants are not to blame for once

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Persistent organic pollutants are not to blame for a disease that affects sea turtles with benign tumours, say US scientists, although other types of contaminant may still play a role.

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A partial load of bull

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The full genomes from 234 cattle have been reported as the first data in the 1000 Bull Genome Project that is designed to improve animal health and welfare, as well as productivity. The final results should help accelerate genetic improvement among the breeds and produce animals that give improved meat and milk yields.

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Raman spectroscopy in art and archaeology

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A special issue of Journal of Raman Spectroscopy has illustrated the variety of ways in which the technique can be used to analyse historical objects and features at archaeological sites.

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Seeing saw marks in dismembered bone

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A novel epifluorescence method for analysing saw marks in bone will help forensic scientists to identify the tools used to dismember bones and dispose bodies.

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Happy anniversary Curiosity

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The Curiosity rover has celebrated its first Martian anniversary, having spent 687 Earth days there since its landing in August 2012.

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NMR test for illegal ingredient DMAA in sports supplements

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The controversial illegal supplement 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA) can be detected in sports and dietary supplements by NMR spectroscopy, say German state scientists.

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New flame retardants but same environmental worries

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The replacement of polybrominated diphenyl ethers by organophosphate esters and brominated/chlorinated compounds as universal flame retardants might lead to the same environmental concerns, now that they have been discovered in the Arctic air.

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Waters to host celebration of mass spectrometry

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To mark the opening of its new centre of mass spectrometry (MS) excellence in Manchester, UK, Waters is hosting a two-day celebration of MS on 21–22 October 2014.

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