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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 Month's Most Accessed Feature: Sialic shield: Immune insights from X-ray study

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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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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US scientists have used X-ray crystallography to focus on an almost ubiquitous metabolic enzyme, nicotinamide nucleotide transhydrogenase, found in most life forms but with medically relevant links to diseases as disparate as diabetes and cancer.

High-speed X-ray phase contrast imaging synchronized with a Kolsky bar apparatus was utilized to investigate the cracking behavior of three types of glass after impact with a cylindrical projectile.

Enterovirus laid bare: X-ray structures

David Bradley

Jan 8, 2015

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X-ray crystallography has been by a team in the USA to obtain the precise structure of the original strain of enterovirus EV-D68 known to cause respiratory illness and polio-like symptoms in children as well as a second structure in which the virus is bound to the drug pleconaril.

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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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Better definition of tumour margins for surgeons in real time

Steve Down

Jan 21, 2015

US scientists have devised a way to highlight tumours during surgery using a dye that fluoresces under irradiation from a handheld laser. It means that surgeons can locate exactly a tumour before surgery and check afterwards whether there is any cancerous tissue that has been overlooked around the margins.

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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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