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2011-10-05 07:00:00

Acktar Ltd. has successfully completed the black optical coating of the â˜flight hardwareâ parts for the Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) - 'super-eye' instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The parts were delivered to EADS-Astrium â“ the prime contractor for NIRSpec â“ and to numerous european sub-contractors in the consortium. Kiryat Gat, Israel (PRWEB) October 05, 2011 Acktar Ltd. has...

2011-06-20 20:02:32

A new microspectrometer architecture that uses compact disc-shaped resonators could address the challenges of integrated lab-on-chip sensing systems that now require a large off-chip spectrometer to achieve high resolution. Spectrometers have conventionally been expensive and bulky bench-top instruments used to detect and identify the molecules inside a sample by shining light on it and measuring different wavelengths of the emitted or absorbed light. Previous efforts toward miniaturizing...

2010-11-12 07:58:00

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Block Engineering, a developer of Quantum Cascade Laser-based spectrometers, has been named a finalist in the 2010 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. The Prism Awards is an international competition sponsored by Photonics Media and SPIE to recognize photonics products that break conventional ideas, solve problems and improve life through the generation and harnessing of light. "LaserScan(TM) is a revolutionary portable product that can...

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2010-10-11 14:05:00

University of Illinois chemistry professor Alexander Scheeline  wants to see high school students using their cell phones in class. Not for texting or surfing the Web, but as an analytical chemistry instrument. Scheeline developed a method using a few basic, inexpensive supplies and a digital camera to build a spectrometer, an important basic chemistry instrument. Spectrophotometry is one of the most widely used means for identifying and quantifying materials in both physical and...

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2010-10-02 06:50:00

A major instrument due to fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is getting its first taste of space in the test facilities at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in the United Kingdom. The Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) has been designed to contribute to areas of investigation as diverse as the first light in the early Universe and the formation of planets around other stars. "The start of space simulation testing of the MIRI is the last major engineering activity needed to enable...

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2010-10-01 08:15:38

A major instrument due to fly aboard the James Webb Space Telescope is getting its first taste of space in the test facilities at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in the United Kingdom. The Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) has been designed to contribute to areas of investigation as diverse as the first light in the early Universe and the formation of planets around other stars. The James Webb Space Telescope represents the next generation of space telescope and, unlike its predecessor...

2010-06-15 08:00:00

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Capitalizing on its 6 year reputation as a worldwide OEM provider of superior InGaAs spectroradiometer instruments, SPECTRAL EVOLUTION announces a new line of laboratory spectroradiometers designed specifically for the solar simulator industry. These lightweight, dual detector instruments feature both a 512-element Si photodiode array as well as a 256-element extended range InGaAs array to cover simultaneous detection of 300-1900nm with one...

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2010-03-31 06:15:00

The cosmos is filled with color, and color is a key in determining age, chemical composition and how far objects are from Earth. To help identify these colors and objects the James Webb Space Telescope will be using a spectrograph called NIRSpec. Recently, the engineering test unit for the Webb telescope's Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) instrument arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. from its manufacturer in Germany for preliminary testing. "A spectrograph is an...

2010-03-30 13:42:00

GREENBELT, Md., March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The cosmos is filled with color, and color is a key in determining age, chemical composition and how far objects are from Earth. To help identify these colors and objects the James Webb Space Telescope will be using a spectrograph called NIRSpec. Recently, the engineering test unit for the Webb telescope's Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) instrument arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. from its manufacturer in...

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2009-05-08 13:11:37

A spectrograph destined for the Hubble Telescope will look back several billion years and help reconstruct the early universe, scientists in Colorado said. The $70 million Cosmic Origin Spectrograph is to be carried to the Hubble aboard the shuttle Atlantis on its May 11 launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, said James Green, a scientist at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The spectrograph -- the size of a telephone booth -- was built by the university and its industrial...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'