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Advanced Training: Microscopy Courses at the EMBL in 2014
Jan. 24, 2014

Advanced Training: Microscopy Courses at the EMBL in 2014

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany offers a lot of different training courses in the field of microscopy.
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New Probe Allows Real-time Imaging of Electrode-liquid Electrolyte Interface
Jan. 23, 2014

New Probe Allows Real-time Imaging of Electrode-liquid Electrolyte Interface

A new imaging capability provides direct probing of the solid electrode-liquid electrolyte interface enables, for the first time, a way to investigate the surface region and diffused layer region with chemical speciation in liquids in situ using surface-sensitive techniques. Developed by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and EMSL, the electrochemical probe, or E probe, combines microfluidic, chemical physics, electrochemistry and sensitive surface techniques. The research appeared as a Technical Innovation article the journal Lab on a Chip.
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Jan. 23, 2014

Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Enhancing the Resolving Power of Electron Microscopy

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category goes in this sixth edition to German physicists Maximilian Haider, Harald Rose and Knut Urban for "greatly enhancing the resolving power of electron microscopy by developing aberration-corrected electron optics, a breakthrough enabling subatomic precision."
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Conference on Visualizing Biological Data
Jan. 20, 2014

Conference on Visualizing Biological Data

The 2nd EMBO Conference on Visualizing Biological Data (VIZBI 2014) - also the 5th international meeting on this topic - will be held from the 5th to the 7th of March 2014 at EMBL-Heidelberg in Germany. VIZBI brings together scientists, illustrators, and designers actively using or developing computational visualization to study a diverse range of biological data.
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Live Cell Nanoscopy: Studying the Motion of Cells with High Spacial Resolution
Jan. 17, 2014

Live Cell Nanoscopy: Studying the Motion of Cells with High Spacial Resolution

Scientists from the University of Göttingen have developed a new technique which allows for observing the motion of living cells with a resolution that hadn't been possible before. The new optical method enables scientists to trace the motion of individual cells with the spatial resolution of a millionth part of a millimeter in real time. Until now, the changes in a living cell's shape could only be measured with the accuracy of a little better than a thousandth part of a millimeter. The details were published in the journal Nature Photonics.
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Microscopic Fountain Pen: Adding New Functionality to an AFM Microscope
Jan. 16, 2014

Microscopic Fountain Pen: Adding New Functionality to an AFM Microscope

The Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), which uses a fine-tipped probe to scan surfaces at the atomic scale, will soon be augmented with a chemical sensor. This involves the use of a hollow AFM cantilever, through which a liquid - in this case mercury - is passed under pressure. The droplet of mercury at the tip acts as a sensor. This microscopic fountain pen was developed by researchers at the University of Twente's MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. Details of the "fountain pen's" mechanism of action were recently published in Analytical Chemistry.
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New Holographic Process Uses Image-Stabilized X-Ray Camera
Jan. 14, 2014

New Holographic Process Uses Image-Stabilized X-Ray Camera

The efficiency of the new method is based on a X-ray focussing optics being firmly fixed to the object to be imaged. While this approach initially provides a blurry image, this can be focussed in the computer based on the hologram information. At the same time, the rigid connection between the object and the focussing optics elegantly solves the problem of vibration induced jitter that plays an enormous role at the nanometre scale.
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Energy Conversion: Catching Catalysts in Action
Jan. 13, 2014

Energy Conversion: Catching Catalysts in Action

The whistle blows and the big game begins on TV. You watch the punted football sail over the field and into the arms of the opposing team-then the feed abruptly cuts out. The information blackout is apparently universal, with no coverage online or on the radio. Hours later, the signal returns and you learn that your beloved home team pulled off a stunning, come-from-behind victory. But here's the kicker: there's no way to find out the play-by-play. Did the quarterback's last-second Hail-Mary pass decide the game, or was it a devastating interception returned for a touchdown?
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