Wednesday, March 31, 2010

12th International Conference on AMS Spectrometry

The Twelfth International Conference on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry will be held in Wellington, New Zealand at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, (Te Papa) on 20–25 March 2011.

Scientists from all over the world will come together to discuss recent technological progress, applications and future trends of accelerator based isotope techniques for studies in archaeology, nuclear physics and astrophysics, cosmogeochemistry, biomedical sciences, environment, geology, hydrology, ocean sciences, and nuclear safeguards.

AMS-12 is hosted by the GNS Science National Isotope Centre.

The call for abstracts and registration will open on 1 August 2010.

The conference website will be the official site for all updated conference information, sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, conference hotel information and bookings, and conference registration. Note the address and check it regularly for further updates.

Get a feel for Wellington, the range of accommodation, the harbour, transportation and entertainment available here.

For further information including sponsorship and exhibition opportunities contact:

Albert Zondervan
AMS-12 Convener
National Isotope Centre
T: +64-4-570 4617

Sunday, March 21, 2010

SEM offer

Get your object scanned with a Scanning Electron Microscope from ASPEX

Jeffrey Tabaka, representing ASPEX, sends us the following message:

ASPEX is a leading producer of scanning electron microscopes (SEM) and microanalysis software. It recently kicked off a "Send Us Your Sample" campaign, which allows anyone to mail an object and have it scanned for free using a desktop SEM.

The submission process is:

1. Download and print this form from the ASPEX website.

2. Fill out the form and mail it along with the sample to be scanned to:

ASPEX Corporation
Free Sample Submissions
175 Sheffield Dr.
Delmont, PA 15626

3. Once ASPEX has completed the scan, the images and report will be posted on ASPEX's website here.

It should take about 2 weeks for the results to post to the ASPEX website, and submitters will also be notified via email. If you want your samples returned, please say so on your submission form.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

New Perspectives on Human Origins

Scientists from the University of Wollongong and others report on the evidence that early hominins were living on the island of Flores, Indonesia, one million years ago. The evidence comes from the argon dating of stone tools in a layer sealed by volcanic ash. Australian ABC News reports on the article published in the most recent issue of Nature.

In addition, the new David H Koch Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History opened this week. Edward Rothstein of the New York Times reviews the new gallery.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

And an online conservation journal

I came across the online journal Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage.
It is peer reviewed, with one issue peryear.  Articles are available as downloadable pdf files.

It is edited by the Dipartimento di Storie e Metodi per la Conservazione dei Beni Cultuali, Università di Bologna; Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca in Ingegneria dell'Automazione e dei Sistemi, Università di Palermo; EUREKA project, European Agency Cultural Heritage Research Area CNR.  The scientific editor is Salvatore Lorusso.

Topics covered include:
  • use of appropriate methodologies and analytical techniques for the characterization of historical masterpieces that are part of the cultural heritage and for the evaluation of the preservation state
  • assessment of atmospheric pollution and correlated decay of monuments and historical-artistic setting
  • computer science and cultural heritage: methods for data elaboration and cataloguing

Sunday, March 7, 2010

New conservation science journal

Thanks to the blog A Ciência e a Arte for a tip on a new conservation science journal.

 The International Journal of Conservation Science (IJCS) is a high quality peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication of original research papers in applied conservation science and its broad range of applications. 

      The topics cover all disciplines and branches of modern scientific conservation, including different aspects on general conservation theory, scientific investigation of works of art, authentication, determination of conservation state, compatibility studies for preservation and restoration procedures and monitoring of interventions effectiveness, etiopathology of historic and natural monuments, studies on the mechanisms of deterioration and degradation for different materials as structural and ornamental elements, impact of the environmental factors or agents on monuments and ecosystems, obtaining and characterization of new materials and procedures for preservation and restoration, new methodologies for scientific investigation, cross-related problems concerning research applied to conservation science. 

      Review articles in selected areas are published from time to time.

      Accepted types of paper
      IJCS publishes original research papers, review articles, survey articles and book and project reviews in all areas dedicated to applied conservation of natural and cultural heritage and other related areas of environmental science and engineering.