Important Update During COVID-19

Analytical Answers would like to assure all of our clients that we are open! We are taking additional safety measures and we ask for your help while we continue to meet your analytical needs. We will continue to accept samples for analyses on a non-visit basis, however we encourage all clients who would normally schedule … Continued

I’m Looking Through You : Q&A

In this webinar, we look at the capabilities of TEM and its methodologies. The Q & A from the webinar provides a brief FAQ about this type of analysis. Q: How large a field of view can you prepare for TEM? A: While we cannot image the entire prepared sample at once, we typically prepare … Continued

Small Spot ESCA : Q&A

The above webinar discusses analyzing surface chemistry on micro-devices and its methodologies. Here you can examine a Q & A from the webinar of FAQs about this type of analysis. Q: Does surface roughness have an effect on depth profiles? A: Surface roughness does indeed have an effect on depth profiling. But with our new … Continued

Fast Mapping : Q&A

The above webinar discusses the capabilities of fast mapping and its applications. Here you can read the Q & A from the webinar for a series of FAQs on the topic of fast mapping. Q: Do you have to define elemental windows before starting the map? A: The answer is no. Because you’re getting an … Continued

Beaches: East vs. West – a study in sand

  Now that summer has drawn to a close, we’re taking a look back at some beaches that we visited this summer. Noting that the sand looked and felt different from beach to beach, we sampled a bit of sand from each – and later, from beaches on the west coast as well. The east … Continued

Turkey Feathers: Intricate Structures

Here, we’re featuring the structures of turkey feathers. More specifically, some optical and electron microscope images of the intricate structure of a portion of a tail feather donated by a wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) from a large flock living on the Danvers-Wenham, MA town line.   Wild Turkey tail feather 10x Wild Turkey tail feather … Continued

Analytical Answers, Inc. to Bring Materials Analysis Expertise to Advanced Manufacturing Convention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Analytical Answers, Inc., a Woburn, Massachusetts-based technical consulting firm and service provider which helps advanced manufacturing firms monitor their processes and solve R&D and production problems, will be exhibiting at this year’s Advanced Manufacturing convention June 12-14 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. We are excited to be discussing … Continued


The nice spring weather has come and gone. With that nice spring weather also came pollen…everywhere! Although it is often seen as a nuisance for triggering allergies, pollen is very interesting to look at magnified. You may be surprised at how different various pollen types look.   The familiar yellow haze on our cars and … Continued

Ticks: The More You Know

The image of the month is a false-colored secondary electron (SE) image of the mouth parts of a tick, taken using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The subject is most likely a male deer tick (shown below in the black-and-white SE image), commonly found in Massachusetts and across the northeast – and a prime carrier of … Continued

The Science of Sundaes

  It’s a hot, humid summer day; the sun is blazing down making waves of heat bounce off the pavement, the air is thick with moisture and there’s no sign of a breeze anytime soon. There are many ways to cool off in times like these: having a cold glass of lemonade, taking a refreshing dip in … Continued