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Brains over brood: Fossil explained with X-ray tomography

Date: Sep 1, 2018

Author: David Bradley

X-ray tomography has been used to study a newly described fossil of an extinct ancestor of modern mammals that was found with 38 fossilised offspring. The study provides new evidence that as the first mammals evolved they traded brood size for brain size.

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Boning up on evolution: X-raying fishy ancestors

Date: Aug 15, 2018

Author: David Bradley

An X-ray study has allowed European scientists to get an insider view of the fossilised skeletons of some our oldest vertebrate ancestors. Their findings might solve a 160-year-old mystery about how skeletons evolved in the first place.

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Journal Highlight: X‐ray computed tomography and its potential in ecological research: A review of studies and optimization of specimen preparation

Date: Aug 6, 2018

Author: spectroscopyNOW

An overview is presented of recent developments of X‐ray computed tomography as an affordable, simple method of high spatial resolution to study 3D anatomy both in vivo and ex vivo.

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New doped laser material: X-ray and electron probe

Date: Aug 1, 2018

Author: David Bradley

X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy have been used to characterise crystals of alumina doped with neodymium ions. The material is a new laser material developed by researchers at the University of California San Diego, USA, that is can emit ultra-short, high-power pulses.

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Melting in the heat: Atomic movie

Date: Jul 15, 2018

Author: David Bradley

US researchers have used a high energy source to carry out an investigation of the heterogeneous to homogeneous melting transition. The visualization based on ultrafast electron diffraction improves our understanding of how metals melt and could be used to guide the design of extreme engineering systems such as fusion power reactors, steel processing plants, and spacecraft.

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Journal Highlight: Utilization of X‐ray computed tomography for the exclusion of a specific caliber and bullet type in a living shooting victim

Date: Jul 9, 2018

Author: spectroscopyNOW

CT scans were carried out on a bystander claimed to have been shot by a police officer to match qualitative and quantitative aspects of the unremoved bullet with police issued 9 mm Luger ammunition.

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19th Century photography: X-ray restoration art

Date: Jul 1, 2018

Author: David Bradley

Early photography based on the daguerreotype method used silver plates. Unfortunately some of the oldest known photographic artefacts have faded with the years. Now a team in Canada has demonstrated that they can use a synchrotron light source to carry out rapid-scanning micro-X-ray fluorescence imaging of daguerreotypes and reveal the latent, long-since faded image.

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Eye, eye: Sea Urchin feet X-rayed

Date: Jun 15, 2018

Author: David Bradley

Sea urchins are not renowned for the visual acuity, indeed they don't have eyes, as such, but they can perceive light. A new study from Lund University using X-ray tomography and electron microscopy shows that they can see with their feet.

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Journal Highlight: Chemical mapping by macroscopic X‐ray powder diffraction (MA‐XRPD) of Van Gogh's sunflowers: Identification of areas with higher degradation risk

Date: Jun 11, 2018

Author: spectroscopyNOW

Macroscopic X‐ray powder diffraction imaging of selected areas on Van Gogh's Sunflowers revealed the presence of two subtypes of chrome yellow, one of which indicatied a higher risk for past or future darkening.

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Insider view: X-rayed battery life

Date: Jun 1, 2018

Author: David Bradley

A three-dimensional X-ray tomographic study carried out by researchers from the University of Illinois to investigate lithium battery electrodes could improve our understanding of this almost ubiquitous technology and perhaps lead to improvements in storage capacity and battery lifespan.

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