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NIR Spectroscopy

Student award winners

12 students have been awarded support under the Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program for NIR projects.

Getting hot with nylon

NIR spectroscopy offers a practical way to monitor the temperature of machine parts made from nylon, say US chemists.

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Tomas Hirschfeld Award 2014 Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being invited by the International Council of Near Infrared Spectroscopy (ICNIRS) for the 2014 Tomas Hirschfeld Award. This award, sponsored by Büchi Labortechnik AG, Switzerland, is made in recognition of contributions to the enhancement of near infrared spectroscopy. It is made on the basis of excellence in research conducted by a scientist of international standing.

Grass is greener for NIR spectroscopy

Belgium scientists have discovered why NIR models made from artificial mixtures of grass species are not very good at determining the species present in real grass samples.

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NIR shows the benefits of telling the truth

Researchers at the University of Toronto have used functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to show that a reward given for telling the truth gives people greater satisfaction than the same reward given for deceit. These studies were published recently in the neuroscience journals Neuropsychologia (doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.12.018) and NeuroImage (doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.10.023).

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Refinements to NIR spectroscopy during clinical MRI improve breast cancer diagnostics

Combined MRI/NIR spectroscopy may benefit women whose mammogram showed an abnormality and requires further testing to rule out cancer.

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