‘Atomic Detectives’ Scientists that Keep us Safe from Radioactive Criminality
News Jul 09, 2015
The development of nuclear safeguards is closely related to the field of "peace research", representing a specific application area for analytical sciences in general and mass spectrometry in particular. Mass spectrometric techniques such as thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) belong to the most powerful methods for the analysis of nuclear material and environmental samples collected during safeguards' inspections. Besides the merits and limitations, the article describes the further needs for reference materials for nuclear materials analysis. Also, the paper underlines the role of the JRC as IAEA’s (prime) partner in the areas of nuclear mass spectrometry and reference materials.
Arrow Poison Potential Male Birth ControlNews
Women have many options for oral contraceptives that are safe, effective and reversible, but despite decades of research, men have none. Now, scientists report a rat study that shows they finally have a good lead for a male birth control pill. It's based on ouabain, a plant extract that African warriors and hunters traditionally used as a heart-stopping poison on their arrows.READ MORE
Robust Multiplex Mass Spectrometric Assay for Screening Small-Molecule InhibitorsNews
A new original research article presents a fast, sensitive, and robust methodology for screening small molecule inhibitors against CD73/Ecto-5'-Nucleotidase, a promising target for developing anti-cancer drugs.READ MORE