NIR Spectroscopy

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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Heavy metals with a twist

Chinese researchers have shown that visible and NIR spectroscopy can detect low concentrations of heavy metals in agricultural soil, but only thanks to organic matter.

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It’s a gas

Brazilian chemists have shown that NIR spectroscopy can determine whether natural gas contains high or low concentrations of methane.

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Don’t forget your broccoli this Christmas

Everyone knows that green vegetables such as broccoli are healthy, but now Irish and Spanish food scientists have used NIR spectroscopy to identify which bits are the healthiest.

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