Here's a story in the Guardian about scientists who are building a portable mass spectrometer (warning: be prepared for a snootful of Star Trek references). The article focuses on Graham Cooks from Purdue University as well as Ian Stockford and Stephen Morgan from Nottingham University. Getting rid of sample prep significantly speeds up the tiny instruments, but no word yet on resolution.

 

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