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Imaging Living Cancer Cells with Scanning X-Ray Nanodiffraction
Mar. 04, 2014

Imaging Living Cancer Cells with Scanning X-Ray Nanodiffraction

Göttingen-based scientists working at DESY's PETRA III research light source have carried out the first studies of living biological cells using high-energy X-rays. The new method shows clear differences in the internal cellular structure between living and dead, chemically fixed cells that are often analysed. "The new method for the first time enables us to investigate the internal structures of living cells in their natural environment using hard X-rays," emphasises the leader of the working group, Prof. Sarah Köster from the Institute for X-Ray Physics of the University of Göttingen. The researchers present their work in the journal Physical Review Letters.
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Feb. 24, 2014

Horiba Scientific to Acquire Photon Technology International

We are delighted to announce that Photon Technology International (PTI) has joined the Horiba family of companies and will be part of Horiba's Scientific segment. PTI is a supplier of research spectrofluorometers, serving the university and research labs, industrial and biomedical markets. PTI is the world leader in microscopy based fluorometers, especially for intracellular ion imaging. PTI also manufactures and distributes lasers and other optical components under the Optical Building Blocks (OBB) brand.
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Microscopy System Delivers Real-Time View of Battery Electrochemistry
Feb. 24, 2014

Microscopy System Delivers Real-Time View of Battery Electrochemistry

Using a new microscopy method, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can image and measure electrochemical processes in batteries in real time and at nanoscale resolution. Scientists at ORNL used a miniature electrochemical liquid cell that is placed in a transmission electron microscope to study an enigmatic phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries called the solid electrolyte interphase, or SEI, as described in a study published in Chemical Communications.
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Super-Resolution Research Highlight
Feb. 13, 2014

Super-Resolution Research Highlight

Joint research on super-resolution microscopy from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the University of Cambridge has been selected as a highlight of 2013 by the Journal of Optics, making it freely available to view online.
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Feb. 13, 2014

Andor Technology Joins Oxford Instruments

Oxford Instruments, a provider of high-technology tools for industry and research has recently acquired Andor. Andor is a  supplier of high performance cameras, microscope systems and software for the physical science and life science industries. Andor will continue to focus on growing their existing core markets and will spearhead Oxford Instruments strategic expansion into the Nano-Bio arena.
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Cryo-Electron Microscopy: Imaging the Transitional Forms of Protein-conducting Channels
Feb. 11, 2014

Cryo-Electron Microscopy: Imaging the Transitional Forms of Protein-conducting Channels

The lipid-rich membranes of cells are largely impermeable to proteins, but evolution has provided a way through - in the form of transmembrane tunnels. A new study shows in unmatched detail what happens as proteins pass through such a pore. Results were published in the journal Nature.
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Top AFM Research Collected in Journal of Molecular Recognition Virtual Special Issue
Feb. 10, 2014

Top AFM Research Collected in Journal of Molecular Recognition Virtual Special Issue

Leading papers from the 5th AFMBiomed Conference on AFM in Life Sciences and Medicine are published as the first virtual issue within Journal of Molecular Recognition. The issue is free to access until the end of March.
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X-Ray Technology: Observing a Catalyst Surface at Work with Atomic Resolution
Feb. 09, 2014

X-Ray Technology: Observing a Catalyst Surface at Work with Atomic Resolution

By using a novel X-ray technique, researchers have observed a catalyst surface at work in real time and were able to resolve its atomic structure in detail. The new technique, pioneered at DESY's X-ray light source PETRA III, may pave the way for the design of better catalysts and other materials on the atomic level. It greatly speeds up the determination of atomic surface structures and enables live recordings of surface reactions like catalysis, corrosion and growth processes with a time resolution of less than a second. more
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