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fNIRS study finds differences in male, female brain activity when it comes to cooperation

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Using fNIRS to track the brain activity of both participants, when people are asked to cooperate with a partner, found that males and females had different patterns of shared brain activity.

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Tuneable lasers improve infrared spectroscopy

New broad-band tuneable infrared laser is single-chip, solid-state and offers high-power rapid tuning.

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Superconducting insert coil produces 25 Tesla

Unige_Superconductivity-sA superconducting insert coil made from a copper-oxide-based ceramic, YBCO, has raised the magnetic field achievable to 25 Tesla.

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New design may lead to improved X-ray spectrometers

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Resolved_micro-meter_interference_fringes-sSwiss researchers improve an interferometry technique by utilising the interference fringe, an aspect previously viewed as a nuisance, and increase the efficiency of X-ray flux.

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The meteoritic origin of Tutankhamun’s iron dagger blade

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Tutankhamuns_Dagger-sAn international research team has shown, using XRF that the iron in Tutankhamun’s dagger blade is of meteoritic origin.

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X-ray fluorescence reveals hidden medieval pages

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MA-XRF_technique_visualizes_a_medieval_fragment-sResearchers from Leiden and Delft are using Macro X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (MA-XRF) to read remains of medieval manuscripts hidden inside the bindings which had been “recycled” after the Middle Ages.

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FT-IR spectra from picolitre-samples of protein

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FT-IR-pL-Protein-sFT-IR spectroscopy can greatly increase the amount of information that can be extracted from a protein microarray. High-quality spectra can be obtained from spots of protein no larger than the diameter of a human hair.

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Brillouin spectroscopy for biological applications

Brillouin-sBrillouin spectroscopy has been an effective tool for non-invasively examining materials for several decades, and with a new spectrometer design can now tackle biological samples.

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Ultrafast photoelectron imaging of molecular autoionisation

Ultrafast-photoelectron-imaging-sUsing time-, energy- and angular-resolved photoelectron imaging a team of researchers has been able to make snapshots of coupled Rydberg orbitals evolving in time during an ultrafast autoionisation process.

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Novel MS technique identifies a Neanderthal bone among 2000 fragments

Scientists from the universities of Oxford and Manchester, UK, have used a mass spectrometry molecular fingerprinting technique to identify one Neanderthal bone from around 2000 tiny bone fragments.

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Imaging mass spectrometry detects early lipid changes in acute kidney injury

University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, researchers have made a microscopic snapshot of the early renal lipid changes in acute kidney injury, using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation (MALDI) tissue imaging to localise the changes.

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