Radiocarbon dating east kilbride

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Radiocarbon dating east kilbride

Another major application will be helping oil and gas exploration, using clumped isotope biochemistry to measure the quality or grade of hydrocarbon deposits, by determining how long the carbon has been there and at what temperature it formed, thus aiding the decision whether or not it will be profitable to exploit a new field.

Similar techniques will be used to analyse methane, and Ellam says it will even enable researchers to establish whether a dinosaur was warm-blooded or cold-blooded, based on an analysis of fossilised remains – thus pinpointing when dinosaurs and birds went their separate ways as they evolved.

And nowhere is this interplay between the different disciplines more evident than in the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) in East Kilbride, southeast of Glasgow where, according to the centre’s Director Rob Ellam, they “do a little bit of everything.” SUERC sits in a building originally constructed as the home of the Scottish Universities Research and Reactor Centre (SURRC), set up in 1963.

And the evolution of the facilities housed in the centre reflects the huge advances made in technology over the years, and the shifting emphasis in science itself, including the increased attention paid to earth and environmental sciences over the last 50 years, and the increasing collaboration between physicists, geologists, chemists and biomedical researchers.

Researchers said the new PIMS system promises much faster measurements, cutting the time needed to process samples and produce a measurement and is also much more compact and significantly cheaper than the other carbon-dating technologies available.

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