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Gunshot residues persist in cremated bones

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Criminals can no longer escape justice by burning the body after shooting someone, as the gunshot residues can be detected in the burnt bones.

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Biomarker summit in Berlin

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The Biomarker Europe Summit 2013 will take place on 9–10 October 2013 in Berlin, Germany

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Irradiated methane ice forms heavy hydrocarbons

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In earthly experiments to investigate the compounds formed when methane ice in space is altered by ionising radiation, several chemical classes of high-molecular-weight hydrocarbons were formed.

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Feather pigments revealed in 150-million-year-old fossils

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The distribution of pigments in feathers in three Archaeopteryx fossils has been examined by non-destructive X-ray methods more than 150 million years after fossilisation.

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Females skuas poison their chicks during egg development

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Organo-chlorine compounds accumulate in skua chicks via transfer from their mothers during egg development, rather than though their own diet after birth.

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Gold nanoparticles measured in tumour tissue

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The amount of gold nanoparticles that reach tumour tissue following injection in readiness for thermal ablation treatment can be measured by EDXRF, taking just 12 hours compared with several days by other methods.

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Substances in suspicious packages exposed by Raman during daylight

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Explosives, drugs and pesticides hidden in packages can be detected under normal light by spatially offset Raman spectroscopy, providing another weapon for the security services.

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iPhone in TNT test

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The digital image from an iPhone has been used to estimate the concentration of the explosive TNT in soil following a colorimetric test, performing better than a digital SLR camera.

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Breakfast with Waters

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Waters will be hosting six complimentary breakfast seminars during next month's American Society of Mass Spectrometry annual conference in Minneapolis.

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If Sheryl Crow says so, it must be right... mustn't it?

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Sheryl Crow declared that she contracted breast cancer from dioxins that were released from plastic water bottles, generating yet another urban myth.

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