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Counterfeit Viagra and Cialis by ATR-FTIR

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Counterfeit samples of Viagra and Cialis can be distinguished from authentic samples by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy, say Brazilian researchers, who also pinpointed a single mixture as a common source for tablets of both types.

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Waters holds Users' Meeting at ASMS

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Waters is holding a Users' Meeting at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) annual conference, which is taking place in Minneapolis, US, on 8–13 June 2013.

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Ultrasensitive test for PSA in serum

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Prostate-specific antigen was tagged with titanium dioxide for determination in human serum by ICP MS at detection limits more than 2600 times lower than those of current ELISA and electrochemical methods.

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Easier X-ray detection of concealed drugs and explosives

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Drugs and explosives hidden internally by body packers can be detected more easily by energy dispersive X-ray diffraction using novel feature extraction techniques developed by Chinese scientists.

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Mass spec finds bute in horsemeat

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The tests conducted in the UK that uncovered the presence of the veterinary drug phenylbutazone (bute) in horsemeat were carried out by LC/MS/MS.

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Tomato quality assurance

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Several quality parameters of processing tomatoes can be measured by FTIR spectroscopy on a handheld instrument, providing flexible on-site testing.

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SERS swabs and dipsticks from inkjet-printed paper

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SERS-active paper swabs and dipsticks have been produced by inkjet printing for the cheap and simple on-site sampling of liquids and surfaces in a variety of settings, including forensics and homeland security.

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Automated protein conformation studies

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An automated system for taking circular dichroism measurements of protein conformation has been developed by European scientists, freeing operator time and accelerating analysis.

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Carbon nanotube mixture characterisation

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Single-walled carbon nanotubes have been detected and measured in mixtures with multiwalled carbon nanotubes using a portable Raman spectrometer.

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Illegal drug chemicals identified by X-rays

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The liquid chemicals used to make illegal drugs like amphetamines and to process heroin and cocaine can be identified by X-ray scattering, say Chinese researchers, providing a non-contact, non-destructive test.

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