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Seeing round corners

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Objects hidden behind opaque screens or around corners can be visualised using the well-established technique of speckle interferometry combined with an angular memory effect, say French scientists, using a conventional digital camera or a camera phone.

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A doggy dilemma in the forensic world

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A canine search dog failed to detect three commercial training formulations that are meant to represent human odour, during field tests run by the FBI. This might not come as a surprise because the compositions of the training aids were not consistent with the odour of human corpses.

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Operator stress affects performance at airport X-ray scanners

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A research team from Switzerland has shown that increased levels of stress will impair the performance of the staff operating X-ray scanners at airports.

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Trypsin under the microscope

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Conventional digestion of proteins with trypsin does not give the best results, as two recent studies have illustrated.

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Asses and beans

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I came across a common typo recently, steriods, and was reminded of some of the typing errors I had seen in papers over the years.

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Bioinformatics for molecular biologists

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press has published a new book entitled 'A Bioinformatics Guide for Molecular Biologists'.

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MRS can estimate time of death

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31P magnetic resonance spectroscopy can be used to estimate the time of death in humans, based on the ratio of ATP to inorganic phosphate, which falls exponentially for up to 8 hours post-mortem.

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Cold mass spec

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Mass spectra have been recorded by cooling the interface between atmospheric pressure and the vacuum inlet rather than heating it, a technique which could yield spectra from thermally unstable compounds and lightly bound complexes.

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NIST expands MS library

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The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has just released a new, greatly expanded version of its mass spectral library.

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Diagnosing malaria from a single cell

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The detection of malaria in single cells by combining focal plane array microscope with a synchrotron light source heralds the introduction of a technique which could become the gold standard for malaria diagnosis in the future, according to its inventors.

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