Spectroscopy-12-01-2006

Spectroscopy

The Original Scientific Instrument

December 01, 2006

Columns: The Baseline

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After due consideration in his copious free time, columnist David Ball comes to the conclusion that the world's original scientific instrument was the clock. This might provoke a question: What does it have to do with spectroscopy? The answer might surprise readers.

End of the Spectrum: NIR Speaks a Second Language

December 01, 2006

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Spectroscopy editor Brian Johnson discusses how, by using near-infrared spectroscopy to examine the human brain's higher cognitive capacities, researchers at Dartmouth College have discovered areas in the brain that indicate bilingualism. Their goal is to unravel the mystery of how a bilingual person enhances the brain?s language centers as opposed to a monolingual person.

Market Profile: FT-NIR

December 01, 2006

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Fourier Transform Near Infrared (FT-NIR) spectroscopy is the most recent addition to laboratory NIR technologies. This technological advancement is heavily utilized in the most modern and fastest growing industries, examples of which include pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.