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Raman microscopy and microfluidics may detect urinary tract infections faster

A Lab-on-a-Disc platform combined with Raman microscopy and developed by a German and Irish team of researchers can dramatically cut the time to detect bacterial species that cause urinary tract infections—a major cause of sepsis—from 24 hours to within 70 minutes.

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NanoIR produces clues to Alzheimer's Disease formation

Diseases like Alzheimer’s are caused when proteins aggregate and clump together. Using atomic force microscopy and infrared spectroscopy, EPFL scientists have successfully distinguished between the disease-causing aggregation forms of proteins. The finding can help change pharmaceutical treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

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Raman and SEM for cultural heritage studies

UCLA, USA, are combining Raman microscopy with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to study archaeological textiles and fibres.

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Microarray speeds up infrared detection analysis of biomolecules

The Center for Structural Biology and Bioinformatics at the Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles, ULB) has developed expertise in the analysis of biological molecules using infrared spectroscopy. Now, with the help of Scottish microarray instrumentation company, Arrayjet, the Center has integrated microarray technology to speed up and enhance the analysis of bio molecules such as proteins, which are exposed to hundreds of experimental conditions on a single chip using infrared imaging.

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Diffraction spectroscopy to probe electrolyte/electrode interfaces

Berkeley Lab researchers’ novel diffraction spectroscopy technique will provide insight to chemical processes at important battery interface.

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X-rays and electrons join forces to map catalytic reactions in real-time

A new technique combines electron microscopy and synchrotron x-rays at Brookhaven Lab to track chemical reactions under real operating conditions.

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New hyperspectral imaging system identifies hidden frescoes

Many details of the wall and ceiling frescos in the cloister of Brandenburg Cathedral have faded: Plaster on which horses once “galloped” appears more or less bare. Hyperspectral imaging reveals images that remain hidden to the human eye, however, and is thus a big help for art historians.

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2014 WITec PaperAward winners

The winners of this year’s WITec PaperAwards, which honour outstanding scientific publications that feature results acquired with a WITec instrument,have been announced. The three winners were chosen from over 60 entrants.

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State-of-the art imaging system

A high resolution imaging and spectroscopy system—the first of its kind in the UK—installed at Bristol University.

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NIR Pharmaceutical special issue

JNIRS—Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy has recently published a Special Issue on Applications of Near Infrared Spectroscopy in the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Industries.

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ICNIRS Karl Norris Award launched at Chambersburg meeting

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ICNIRS award, which recognises the unique contribution of Karl Norris as the founder of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy in the modern world, was unveiled at the recent International Diffuse Reflectance Conference (IDRC) in Chambersburg..

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