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The X-ray spectrometry channel covers all aspects of research into techniques using X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and crystallography used in material science, protein analysis, art and archaeology research, environmental analysis, biotechnology and pharmaceutical analysis. 

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Last chance to read free 2014 sample issues of key Analytical Science journals

The first 2014 issue of all our Analytical Chemistry journals is free to access but hurry... you've only got a four weeks left!

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Last Month's Most Accessed Feature: Breast cancer clue: X-ray structure

New insights into the function of an enzyme related to the BRCA1 breast cancer protein have been revealed by US researchers in the first detailed working X-ray structure of a functionally engaged enzyme in the Polycomb Repressive Complex 1 (PRC1), a group that regulates cell development and is associated with many types of cancer.

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Download today to your smartphone or tablet and access a monthly compendium of ezine highlights from spectroscopyNOW and separationsNOW in a clear, easy-to-read format.                                             June Edition now available.

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X-rays on Mars: CheMin diffraction

David Bradley

Dec 15, 2014

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The X-ray diffractometer CheMin onboard the Mars rover "Curiosity" has obtained fascinating data from five soil samples on the Red Planet revealing a complex mineralogy with hints to aqueous alterations.

A first-of-its-kind large-scale analysis of the crystallization propensity of all (nearly 2000) known complete proteomes encoded since 1953 has been performed, to define the coverage by X-ray structures of proteins and complete proteomes.

An international team has used X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to identify the key determinants of a recognition process that relies chiefly on sialic acid, a glycan that is expressed on all human cells, to let the immune system distinguish between "friend" and "foe". The findings could have important implications for immunology, vaccine research and understanding autoimmune disease.

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We are proud to announce a new series of educational webinars run in collaboration with Chromedia, COAST, and SciMind, a product of the American Chemical Society. These webinars will build into a must-have set of tutorial materials for the analytical scientist.

In this article, the late Ron Jenkins, formerly of the International Center for Diffraction Data provides a brief but comprehensive overview of modern X-ray techniques.

The 1962 book, Fifty Years of X-Ray Diffraction, dedicated to the International Union of Crystallography on the occasion of the commemoration meeting in Munich, July 1962, by P.P. Ewald (editor), and numerous crystallographers has been digitized and put on the web as a free site by the ICU.

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Pittcon 2015

Mar 8, 2015

New Orleans, LA, United States

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Pittcon 2015, the world’s largest annual conference and exposition for laboratory science, March 8-12 2015, New Orleans, LA. Pittcon offers the latest innovations from exhibitors from around the world, unique networking opportunities with world renowned scientists, and exceptional educational opportunities.

ENC 2015 - 56th Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference

Apr 19, 2015

Pacific Grove, CA, United States

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Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference

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X-Ray Spectrometry is devoted to the rapid publication of papers dealing with the theory and application of x-ray spectrometry using electron, x-ray photon, proton, γ and γ-x sources.

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Do Martian methane and organic compounds point to life?

Steve Down

Dec 20, 2014

A spike in the levels of methane on Mars combined with the discovery of organic compounds in Martian rocks has led some observers to speculate that there may be life on the planet after all.

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Pittcon 2014 Editors' Gold Award – Texas Instruments

Date: Mar 10, 2014

Eileen Skelly Frame talks with this year's Pittcon Editors' Award Gold winners, Texas Instruments, about their DLP NIR scan technology.

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