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Solving the vanadium dioxide conundrum

Researchers have shed new light on a long standing conundrum in condensed-matter physics by combining electron microscopy and laser spectroscopy in novel ways.

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X-ray absorption reveals water structure mystery

A new twist on x-ray absorption spectroscopy has allowed American scientists to reveal the molecular structure of water at gold electrodes.

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AMS shows modern humans and Neanderthals overlapped

Strong evidence that Neanderthals overlapped with modern humans for up to 5,400 years has been revealed using an improved accelerator mass spectrometry technique.

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New hypothesis of the origin of life

New research has shown that deep-reaching interconnected fault systems provide the right conditions for the origin of life.

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A corker of an infrared spectroscopy study…

Researchers have employed infrared spectroscopy techniques to determine how a cork might perform in a wine bottle.

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Redefining Material Analysis

Federico Izzia explores the trends and benefits of the development of portable and handheld Raman...

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? The science behind The Star of Bethlehem

What was the star of Bethlehem? A quiet debate has been bubbling away for...

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From lab to the theatre: the evolution of mass spectrometry

Mike Morris discusses the ‘iKnife’ – a new concept that potentially...

Hidden value in your lab

The hidden value in your lab

Take a look around your laboratory, there may be a wealth of instrumentation...

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Seek and destroy

The use of nanoparticles in cancer research is considered to be a promising...

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Supplements: because they’re worth it?

It’s a minefield out there – with so many brands, doses and combinations, how...

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How a comet can inspire a generation

In the middle of November – I hardly need remind you – the human race made a historic, if rather bumpy, landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The first time such a ‘soft’ landing had been attempted.

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