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Neuroscience: Problem-Solving Governs How We Process Sensory Stimuli
Jul. 04, 2013

Neuroscience: Problem-Solving Governs How We Process Sensory Stimuli

Monitoring neuronal activity using two-photon calcium imaging: Various areas of the brain process our sensory experiences. How the areas of the cerebral cortex communicate with each other and process sensory information has long puzzled neuroscientists. Exploring the sense of touch in mice, brain researchers from the University of Zurich now demonstrate that the transmission of sensory information from one cortical area to connected areas depends on the specific task to solve and the goal-directed behavior. These findings can serve as a basis for an improved understanding of cognitive disorders. more
BigBrain: A New 3D Virtual Model of the Brain
Jun. 27, 2013

BigBrain: A New 3D Virtual Model of the Brain

BigBrain: A new three-dimensional model of the brain now provides in-depth insights into the human control centre. It allows us to see and understand the complicated structure of the brain on a microscopic level in all three spatial dimensions for the first time. This is made possible using images with a resolution of 20 micrometres - the size of a neuron, or less than half the diameter of a human hair. Jülich researchers headed by neuroscientist Prof. Dr. Katrin Amunts and their colleagues from Montreal (Canada) have worked on the freely accessible model for five years. Their findings were published in the journal Science.
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Jun. 27, 2013

5th NanoBioViews International Symposium on the Application of Optical Tweezers in Life Sciences

JPK Instruments, a manufacturer of nanoanalytic instrumentation for research in life sciences and soft matter, report on the success of the fifth international symposium on the applications of optical tweezers and related technologies in the life sciences. Held in Berlin, over 60 delegates enjoyed excellent presentations for an international group of speakers.
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Photonix Expo & Conference 2013
Jun. 24, 2013

Photonix Expo & Conference 2013

When the annual Photonix Expo & Conference opened its doors on April 10 this year, it was only its 3rd time. Nevertheless, this young fair presented an already crowded exhibition floor, busy people everywhere, and interesting live demonstrations of state of the art laser technology.
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Science as Art: Beautiful World under the Microscope
Jun. 23, 2013

Science as Art: Beautiful World under the Microscope

This beautiful image is not an artsy photo of a pink flower. It's a picture of an electrically conductive molecule captured with a scanning electron microscope.
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Jun. 23, 2013

German BioImaging Annual Community Meeting

The German BioImaging Annual Community Meeting will take place in Fulda, Germany from July 11-12, 2013. German BioImaging is a national network of imaging core facilities and microscopy research groups. During its upcoming Annual Community Meeting, workgroups that formed at the previous meeting in 2012 will present and discuss their results. These cover best practice models for the operation of imaging facilities, their financial and legal framework, the training of facility staff and users, and image analysis.
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Focus on Super-Resolution and Light Sheet Microscopy
Jun. 22, 2013

Focus on Super-Resolution and Light Sheet Microscopy

This year´s venue for the Focus on Microscopy (FOM) congress was Maastricht in the Netherlands. What would be your educated guess concerning the weather forecast there for the end of March? If you imagined some sunshine, maybe rain but temperatures around 10 °C I´d be with you. However, when the Imaging & Microscopy theam crossed the Dutch-German border they found snow and frosty temperatures! On March 24th, the first day of the conference, we entered a snow white city with traffic problems. On the last day, the 27th, all the snow had disappeared again. more
Jun. 21, 2013

Thorlabs to Acquire Digital Video Camera Company

Thorlabs announced the acquisition of Digital Video Camera Company (DVC). Located in Austin, Texas, (USA) DVC specializes in the design and manufacture of high-performance digital imaging solutions for scientific and industrial applications. Founded by Ash Prabala, the organization's products have been incorporated into a wide range of physical and life sciences applications.
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