In situ chemical imaging at the sub-biofilm-scale now possible
(Phys.org) —Catching biofilm chemistry with images has always been a cold or dry affair. Now, a multidisciplinary team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is the first to demonstrate imaging of a biofilm's ...
Faster, cheaper tests for sickle cell disease
Within minutes after birth, every child in the U.S. undergoes a battery of tests designed to diagnose a host of conditions, including sickle cell disease. Thousands of children born in the developing world, ...
New chip promising for tumor-targeting research
(Phys.org) —Researchers have developed a chip capable of simulating a tumor's "microenvironment" and plan to use the new system to test the effectiveness of nanoparticles and drugs that target cancer.
A better breathalyzer: Gel-filled gemstones make new reusable tool for detecting alcohol vapor concentration
To gauge whether suspects involved in accidents or routine traffic stops have been driving drunk, police officers pair field sobriety tests with breathalyzers, which signal the presence of alcohol in the ...
Chemical imaging brings cancer tissue analysis into the digital age
A new method for analysing biological samples based on their chemical makeup is set to transform the way medical scientists examine diseased tissue.
Dutch scientists crack fingerprint dating riddle
Criminals' days may be numbered after Dutch forensic experts discovered how to accurately date fingerprints, a breakthrough that could one day let police date crime scene prints from years ago.
Scientists pack a lab into a pill, using an idea inspired by breath-freshening strips
(Phys.org) —Inspiration can come in many forms, but this one truly was a breath of fresh air. A group of McMaster researchers has solved the problem of cumbersome, expensive and painfully slow water-testing ...
X-rays unravel mysterious degradation of Vincent Van Gogh painting
With a sophisticated X-ray analysis scientists have identified why parts of the Van Gogh painting "Flowers in a blue vase" have changed colour over time: a supposedly protective varnish applied after the ...
Paper medical lab the size of a fingerprint (w/ Video)
Researchers acquit the tins in mysterious failed Franklin expedition
(Phys.org) —New research from Western University challenges long-held beliefs regarding the demise of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated Northwest Passage expedition that departed from England in 1845.
Compact device has sensitive nose for greenhouse gases
(Phys.org) —Rice University scientists have created a highly sensitive portable sensor to test the air for the most damaging greenhouse gases.
Biological testing tool, ScanDrop, tests in fraction of time and cost of industry standard
Northeastern University professor of pharmaceutical sciences, Tania Konry, has developed a single instrument that can conduct a wide range of biological scans in a fraction of the time and cost of industry ...
MRI zooms in on microscopic flow (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- MRI images of water flow through a constricted microfluidic channel with the XZ axis on the left and the YZ axis on the right. Note that fast moving components directly aligned with the constricted ...
Probe allows real-time imaging of electrode-liquid electrolyte interface
(Phys.org) —A new imaging capability that provides direct probing of the solid electrode-liquid electrolyte interface enables, for the first time, a way to investigate the surface region and diffused layer ...