Find out: how Abbie Vandivere uncovered the secrets of the Girl with a Pearl Earring, why Richard Hark (also featured in a LIBS-focused Q&A below) sought to put the Vinland Map debate to bed, and what it took for Luciana Carvalho and James McCullagh to unravel the mystery of the Sicán mask, in our spectroscopy-focused cover feature roundup. Speaking of roundups, we’ve also pulled together a selection of spectroscopy research and business news stories – look out for more of these in the coming months. And last but not least, James Larkin from the University of Oxford explains how his team used nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and computational analysis to discover metabolite patterns in cancer patients, which could lead to earlier diagnosis.   

All the best,

James Strachan, Editor

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