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GCMS and the Smell of Old Books

The newest -omics: Digging Into the Science of That Old-Book Smell in the New York Times and Material Degradomics: On the Smell of Old Books in Analytical Chemistry.

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MIT Mandates Open Access to Research Publications

The MIT faculty has a adopted a policy that mandates open access to their scholarly publications. This follows similar moves by Harvard and Stanford (via).

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RNA Biology to Require Wikipedia Publication

Starting in 2009, the journal RNA Biology will require that authors submitting to their RNA Families section also submit a Wikipedia page summarizing the work. Both will be peer reviewed. For example, Jones, et al. RNA Biology 6, 1-4 (2009) … Continue reading

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MALDI of a Copper Age Mummy

MALDI TOF mass spectrometry has been used to identify the clothing of Ötzi the Iceman (in RCM; hat tip to MW).

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Mass Spectrometer Confirms Mars Water

NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander thermal and evolved-gas analyzer ( TEGA) has identified water in a mars soil sample.

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FBI’s New Technology Revolutionizes DNA Analysis

From National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, January 28, 2008: “The newest wrinkle [in forensic DNA analysis] involves a rather innocuous-looking machine called a mass spectrometer, which is, in essence, a glorified scale that weighs individual molecules.” (audio and transcript)

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Academic Interviews

Excellent and refreshingly candid advice on academic job interviews (via).

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MALDI Sample Preparation: The Ultra Thin Layer Method

A video tutorial article in the Journal of Visualized Experiments on MALDI sample preparation from Brian Chait’s Mass Spectrometry Group at Rockefeller University. JoVE is an online biological sciences video journal.

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Really Old Peanuts

Preceramic Adoption of Peanut, Squash, and Cotton in Northern Peru – agriculture, archaeology, and accelerator mass spectrometry.

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T-rex Protein Shows Link to Birds

Analyses of Soft Tissue from Tyrannosaurus rex Suggest the Presence of Protein and Protein Sequences from Mastodon and Tyrannosaurus Rex Revealed by Mass Spectrometry (via).

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