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Materialytics Presents Conflict Mineral Results at GAC

Materialytics proudly presented our results on conflict mineral mine identification at the Geological Association of Canada's annual conference. The study included gold, coltan (columbite-tantalite), wolframite, and cassiterite. Using the Materialytics Analysis Process, we were able to achieve incredible results.
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Naming a New Field - Quantagenetics®

Materialytics is doing something genuinely different, and so far, there’s no handy language to describe it. This situation is common with new technology...
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M2S for History and Archaeology?

A thoughtful historian responding to the recent mention of Materialytics in National Geographic, wondered if our work with gems could help to classify stones that show up along the ancient Silk Routes. The answer is: not currently. This led to interesting discussion of how M2S® could help historians and archaeologists uncover more information about artifacts; silk, for example. The topic of silk is a whole lot more complicated and intriguing than we non-archaeologists realized…
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Is this part Counterfeit?

If one of your customers brings you a defective part that looks like one your company made, how quickly can you determine if the part in question is really one of yours, or is a counterfeit? The answer may be as quickly as running a Materialytics Sequencing Station (M2S®) validation test on the part. The M2S validation test compares the part in question to a statistically significant..
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Diamond Study Presented at GSA 2015

On Wednesday, November 4th Materialytics presented its latest diamond provenance results at the GSA 2015 convention in Baltimore, Maryland. "The report is unique because all of the 330 test samples used are of gem quality, making this diamond provenance study relevant not only to geologists but also to consumers by providing a scientific verification in support of conflict-free trade," said McManus. A set of 30 cut diamonds from each of ten controlled localities and one set of 30 synthetic diamonds were analyzed using Materialytics Analysis. The sample set (330 total diamonds) includes both kimberlite and placer diamonds from five countries and five different cratons. Materialytics Analysis determined the correct provenance with an average accuracy rate of 98%.
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At A Loss For Words

Genuinely new ideas often can’t easily be discussed in familiar terms...
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While we say repeatedly that Quantagenetics uses “all” the data from the optical emission system (OES) in classifying materials, that statement tends to lose impact while people are trying to get the new system clear in their minds. One of our staff came up with a line that may be helpful: "Did you realize that just for a small scale pilot study we evaluate over 500 million data points, and for the larger studies over 2 trillion?” True....
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Terminology Update

We’ve long been using the term ''fingerprint'' to describe ...
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SCIX Presentation 2014

The Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies's annual meeting: SciX - The Great Scientific Exchange, is almost here! Materialytics is proud to contribute to this event by sending our Chief Scientist to present a paper at the SCIX 2014 conference in Reno, Nevada on September 29, 2014. At 1:40 pm she will be presenting: Analysis of “Big” Spectral Data – Chemometrics Without Preconceived Notions
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In the Limelight Again

The September 2012 print issue of Rock and Gem features a thoughtful piece about Materialytics technology by one of the magazine’s regular columnists, Steve Voynick. Since 1971, Rock and Gem (see them at has been directed at rockhound hobbyists who are interested in minerals and lapidary. Deriving all of his information from the Materialytics website ...
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Finding the Words

You may be surprised by some changes on this website. We have added...
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A Logistical Note

Our teams do some traveling, collecting samples to build our reference databases. Like any travelers, we’re concerned about what to pack for circumstances that may become trying, and we do a lot of planning for bringing back what we collect. Logistics is obviously a big part of our work. One somewhat surprising aspect of this is planning for health emergencies.
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A Martian Cousin to M2S

At this writing, the Martian rover, Curiosity, is starting to flex its muscles in the Gale Crater. From its original position, Curiosity has already taken a few shots with its laser at a nearby rock, and the Los Alamos folks who developed that system are looking forward to analyzing the data that should tell them what that rock is made of...
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Materialytics on the World Stage

The April 2012 issue of the National Geographic Magazine includes ...
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Good Report

We are much pleased by a report on our work in a blog published on October 11 by NVIDIA, a company that produces very fast processing hardware and software. See the piece at:
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Frequently Asked Questions

What resources would be required, in terms of time, staffing, and money, for my company to create a custom database?
To provide an estimate, Materialytics® requires specific information regarding the scope of a project. Creation of a useful custom database often takes months, at times, more than a year. As with any large undertaking, the project must have a champion within your organization that is willing to work closely with Materialytics and be an internal liaison. It is a commitment that requires a significant amount of time. Clearly, this is not a casual undertaking; however, the potential ROI may make this an attractive endeavor.
What types of materials does M2S® work on?
So far, M2S has worked with every type of material we have tested, including such things as gold, tin, titanium, alloys and many gems. We are now running pilot studies on manufactured parts, meteorites, apples, oranges, pharmaceuticals, even coffee beans and chocolate.
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