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New test detects drug use from a single fingerprint

20-May-2015

Led by the University of Surrey, a team of researchers from the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NL), the National Physical Laboratory (UK), King’s College London (UK) and Sheffield Hallam University (UK), used different types of an analytical chemistry technique known as mass spectrometry to ...

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On-site electric current measurement to improve Smart Grid design

Measurement technology offers 839,000 tons of carbon savings and £250 million in economic benefit

13-Mar-2013

New and improved technology for measuring power quality in smart grids could save 839k tonnes of carbon and bring £250 million annual GVA in economic benefit. The technology has been developed by scientists at the Centre for Carbon Measurement, part of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the ...

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Centre for Carbon Measurement set to deliver large carbon reductions

25-Feb-2013

The Centre for Carbon Measurement at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) will deliver eight megatonnes of carbon emissions reductions and over half a billion pounds in economic benefit over the next decade, according to an independent report. This is a level of carbon saving is equivalent to ...

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Centre for Carbon Measurement set to deliver large carbon reductions

22-Feb-2013

The Centre for Carbon Measurement at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) will deliver eight megatonnes of carbon emissions reductions and over half a billion pounds in economic benefit over the next decade, according to an independent report. This is a level of carbon saving is equivalent to ...

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New freeform standards to support scanning coordinate measurement machines

15-Nov-2012

The National Physical Laboratory, the UK's National Measurement Institute, has developed a new range of three dimensional standards for verifying freeform coordinate measurement machines (CMMs). The standard allows the verification of portable and fixed non-contact coordinate measuring systems ...

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New research shows how light can control electrical properties of graphene

18-Jan-2011

New research shows how light can be used to control the electrical properties of graphene, paving the way for graphene-based optoelectronic devices and highly sensitive sensors. This year's Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded for research into graphene, recognising its potential for many ...

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Measuring the electrical properties of nano-crystals

UK scientists help to create standards for measuring electric materials on the nanoscale

22-Oct-2010

The UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is working to provide more reliable measurement of the electrical properties of materials used in nanotechnology – which could lead to much more accurate devices in the future. Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) won the Nobel Prize in 1986. It uses a ...

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National Physical Laboratory to Evaluate NanoSight

17-Mar-2009

The UK’s national metrology institute, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), is commencing a one-year evaluation program of NanoSight’s nanoparticle characterization technology, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA). The program takes the form of a Joint Industry Project, funded in part by ...

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UK scientists help museum curators to determine Viking trade routes by the metal in their swords

07-Jan-2009

Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington have worked with the Wallace Collection to analyse the contents of Viking swords – and the results shed new light on trade routes in the middle ages. Curators at the collection were researching the steel structure of ancient ...

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Scientists design bomb-proof thermometer to measure the heat of explosions

The thermometer can take 50,000 measurements per second up to 3000 K (2727 °C).

10-Oct-2008

Scientists at the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington have designed a high-speed thermometer that can measure the temperature inside explosions without being damaged in the impact. The shockwave, heat, soot and debris from an explosion can damage thermometers. Conventional ...

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