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Infrared Spectroscopy – News and Features

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Microplastics Found in Cave Closed to Visitors for 30 Years

Researchers in Missouri have found high concentrations of microplastic in Cliff Cave, a cave system in Saint Louis County that has been closed off to visitors for the past 30 years. The extent of the microplastic contamination is detailed in two new research papers, published in Science of the Total Environment and Water Research.
Clouds in the sky.

How Do Microplastics in Cloud Water Impact Climate Change?

Plastic waste that accumulates on land eventually ends up in the ocean as microplastics. However, it is now speculated that microplastics are also present in the atmosphere, contained in clouds.
An array of meat, fish, nuts, fruit and vegetables.

New Analysis Tools for Detecting Food Fraud

This article will discuss current issues in food authenticity, the potential safety implications and the techniques proving pivotal in detecting and preventing fraudulent products from reaching consumers.
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New Paint Gives Extra Insulation, Saving on Energy, Costs, and Carbon Emissions

Researchers show that their newly invented paints, which they produced in a wide array of colors, can reduce the need for both heating and air conditioning in buildings and other spaces, like trains and trucks for refrigerated cargo.
A psychedelic pulse.

The Pulse: Psychedelic News From Technology Networks Issue 6

Hello and welcome to the Pulse, the monthly psychedelics industry roundup from Technology Networks and Analytical Cannabis. Here, we’ll highlight some of the most significant psychedelic industry news from the past month, including important announcements, pre-clinical work and the latest from groundbreaking psychedelic clinical trials.
An abstract illustration of a glowing battery with "electricity" inside against a microchip background.

Understanding Battery Types, Components and the Role of Battery Material Testing in Development and Manufacture

Batteries have become an integral part of our everyday lives. In this article, we will consider the main types of batteries, battery components and materials and the reasons for and ways in which battery materials are tested.
Gentle waves on the surface of a body of water.

Combining Spectroscopy Data Improves Surface Water Quality Assessments

A research team at Hefei Institutes of Physical Science proposed a new strategy for fast and accurate detection of surface water quality by fusing the data of surface water ultraviolet-visible spectra and near infrared spectra.
A close up of a woman's eye.

Pupil Size Predicts Prefrontal Function Benefits During Light Exercise

Researchers provide the first evidence that changes in pupil size during exercise can serve as an indicator for the enhancement of cognitive function associated with the prefrontal cortex resulting from very light exercise.
Fish swimming around plastic waste in the ocean.

Plastiglomerate "Rocks" Threaten Coastal Ecosystems

Plastic waste is a problem on our beaches. Hence, it is largely removed in a coordinated manner within a few weeks. However, it can litter other coasts of the world for many months to years due to unregulated waste disposal.
Hamburg city skyline at dusk showing a clock tower, the river Elbe and port in the background.

Previously Unknown Sources of Methane Greenhouse Gas Discovered in Hamburg

In urban areas, methane sources, an important contributor to global warming, are often unknown or underestimated. A team of researchers has undertaken a search for gas leaks and other sources of escaping methane in Hamburg.