Mineral Exploration Roundup 2017 is a conference bringing together geoscientists, prospectors, investors, suppliers and First Nation partners to share ideas from every aspect of the industry with the goal of helping to shape the future of mineral exploration and development.
The NIR Community from ASD Inc., a PANalytical company
Almost a year ago, this was a hot topic; can you recollect the controversy regarding the color of the dress in this image below? The original image is in the middle; some people will see the dress as blue with black lace or fringe, while others see the dress as white with gold lace fringe. What do you see?
The holiday season surrounds us with an abundance of food. Proteins, in particular, are essential for the human body; every cell in the body is powered by protein. Protein keeps us healthy and energized. According to Wikipedia, “dietary sources of protein include both animals and plants: meats, dairy products, fish and eggs as well as grains, legumes and nuts.”
This year’s annual AGU® Fall Meeting, to be held December 12-16 in San Francisco, California, has an expected attendance of 24,000! The event will host many of the world's most respected Earth and space scientists, and showcase the latest discoveries, trends, and challenges in the field. ASD is excited to be a part of this year’s event, participating with both a booth (#219) and a demo suite (MR1); ASD will be in the Exhibit Hall demonstrating the use of our FieldSpec® 4 and TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier instruments.
This year, ASD began a webinar series initiative whereby we invited some of our well known ASD spectrometer instrument users and customers to share and discuss their various and diverse application uses.
ASD is proud to be a global organization with an instrument install base representing over 60 countries worldwide. Education, communication and the sharing of information amongst our global base of ASD users is something that we would like to see and encourage more of future forward; thus, ASD is quite pleased that the no-charge informative webinars that we have provided and created for in 2016 have been successful in both beginning conversations and in attracting a crowd of interested registrants eager to hear and learn more!
We are truly appreciative; ASD would like to extend a LARGE thank you to our webinar speakers, our channel partners and all of the individuals who participated as registrants!
ASD is excited to announce that we will be continuing this webinar series in 2017. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you would like to see, and/or if you have interest in sharing your ASD instrument application on a webinar!
ASD’s November webinar speakers use an ASD FieldSpec® 4 instrument to non-invasively characterize paint mixtures, recipes and glazes used in historic pieces of art work and manuscripts. Using near infrared (NIR) technology, large amounts of data with comprehensive results are able to be acquired in short amounts of time with no damage to the analyzed object.
Timeline summarizing green pigments and mixtures identified on analyzed French manuscripts
Want to learn more? Read Dr. Paola Ricciardi’s article, “‘It’s not easy being green’: a spectroscopic study of green pigments used in illuminated manuscripts,” available for download on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s website here.
An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented by the addition of decoration or illustration, such as decorated initials, borders and miniatures. Illumination was costly and complex for surviving manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance period, and was therefore usually reserved for special books like an altar Bible, for example. Illuminated manuscripts are artistically significant and maintain historic ancient text documents by preserving their informative value.
In their investigation into the origin of the Selden Map of China, Kogou, et al. used several analytical techniques to characterize the map. ASD's LabSpec® 4 near-infrared (NIR) analyzer was used to characterize the pigment and binding medium. Future work will include the use of near-infrared analysis for direct analysis of the map itself. The non-invasive nature of ASD's LabSpec 4, plus the easily positioned fiber optic probe, means that they will be able to analyze any location on the map rather than being restricted to just a few spots or detached fragments. You can read Kogou, et al.'s research article, here
ASD Inc., a PANalytical company, part of Spectris and developer of high-performance near-infrared (NIR) analytical instrumentation and material analysis solutions, has learned that their LabSpec NIR analyzer is being used in the fight against Zika. Brent Olsen, VP & GM of ASD comments, “a key part of the ASD and PANalytical mission and vision is to create a better world by helping people to analyze materials that matter to them and the environment; as such, our organization is pleased that our solutions have the ability to help make a difference in the fight against Zika and Dengue.”