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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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Commercial heparin characterised by 2D NMR

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Commercial heparin manufactured by different processes has been characterised by 2D NMR spectroscopy to establish the compositions and degree of variability across US manufacturers.

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Ambient advances

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The progress of ambient mass spectrometry is illustrated by the recent publication of three reviews which examine the latest advances in the technique and its application to high-throughput screening and imaging.

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Coloured glass decay related to metal oxidation states

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By studying coloured glass segments which are 200-2000 years old, scientists in Spain have uncovered a link between the degree of decay and the oxidation states of two transition metals.

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Blood test for fibromyalgia based on IR

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A blood test for fibromyalgia based on mid-IR spectroscopy can differentiate this condition from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Undiluted toothpastes and creams by NMR

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The active components in viscous formulations like toothpastes, cosmetic creams and pharmaceutical gels can be analysed by HR-MAS NMR spectroscopy with minimal sample preparation, say scientists in Switzerland.

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Ozone creates irritant in aircraft cabin air

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Ozone in the cabins of aircraft reacts with organic compounds derived from passengers, their clothing and their carryon luggage to produce potentially harmful carbonyl compounds, say US researchers.

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