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Jan. 03, 2014

Global Microscopes Market: US-$ 5.4 billion Industry Forecast by 2018

The global microscopes market and related accessories industry is suggested to have reached a value of around US-$ 3.8 billion at the end of 2012, and is estimated to reach a total of over US-$ 4 billion during 2013. By 2018, the industry is forecast to hit a value of US-$ 5.4 billion, and is suggested to grow at a CAGR growth rate of around 6% between 2013 and 2018.
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Developing an Advanced Three-Dimensional Atomic Force Microscope
Jan. 02, 2014

Developing an Advanced Three-Dimensional Atomic Force Microscope

Membrane proteins are the "gatekeepers" that allow information and molecules to pass into and out of a cell. Until recently, the microscopic study of these complex proteins has been restricted due to limitations of "atomic force microscopes" that are available to researchers and the one-dimensional results these microscopes reveal. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a three-dimensional microscope that will yield unparalleled study of membrane proteins and how they interact on the cellular level. These microscopes could help pharmaceutical companies bring drugs to market faster.
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Dec. 21, 2013

Microscopy Equipment: BBSRC Announces £10M of Funding

The 20 grants from the BBSRC Advanced Life Sciences Research Technology initiative (ALERT13) represent the first major equipment purchasing grant scheme from BBSRC since 2007. The equipment funded includes a super-resolution microscope for plant scientists, the UK's first two commercial Fluorescence Light Sheet Microscopes and the establishment of a consortium for three-dimensional electron microscopy at Oxford Brookes University.
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Time-lapse Microscopy: Visualizing Carboxysome Assembly in Cyanobacteria
Dec. 20, 2013

Time-lapse Microscopy: Visualizing Carboxysome Assembly in Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria, found in just about every ecosystem on Earth, are one of the few bacteria that can create their own energy through photosynthesis and "fix" carbon - from carbon dioxide molecules - and convert it into fuel inside of miniscule compartments called carboxysomes. Using time-lapse microscopy, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) made what are, in effect, movies of this complex and vital cellular machinery being assembled inside living cells. They observed that bacteria build these internal compartments in a way never seen in plant, animal and other eukaryotic cells. Results were published in the journal Cell.
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Nanoscale Friction: High Energy Losses in the Vicinity of Charge Density Waves
Dec. 19, 2013

Nanoscale Friction: High Energy Losses in the Vicinity of Charge Density Waves

In collaboration with the University of Basel, an international team of researchers has observed a strong energy loss caused by frictional effects in the vicinity of charge density waves. The researchers vibrated the nanometer-sized tip of an atomic force microscope above the surface of a layered structure of niobium and selenium atoms. This may have practical significance in the control of nanoscale friction. The results have been published in the scientific journal Nature Materials.
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Dec. 16, 2013

University of Guelph: New Atomic Force Microscope for Studying Complex Biological Systems

A new state-of-the-art atomic force microscope is expected to help University of Guelph researchers find ways to fight bacterial infections and discover unique biological materials for a variety of uses. Prof. John Dutcher, Department of Physics, will use a $ 163,143 grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to purchase the new microscope.
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3D nanoSIMS: Label-free Molecular Imaging
Dec. 13, 2013

3D nanoSIMS: Label-free Molecular Imaging

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has just initiated a project, '3D nanoSIMS - world beating label-free molecular imaging', which could revolutionise medicines research. Working with major pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, the project team is designing an instrument which could go beyond the micrometre resolution imaging currently available, by developing a 3D label-free molecular imaging system with nanometric spatial resolution.
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Dec. 12, 2013

Zeiss Ends Successful Fiscal Year 2012/13

Zeiss has brought fiscal year 2012/13 to a successful conclusion (reporting date: 30 September 2013) with an all-time high in revenue. The company put in a good performance in some sectors despite a partly difficult economic environment and generated revenue totaling € 4.190 billion (prior year: € 4.163 billion) and earnings (EBIT) of € 335 million (prior year: EUR 420 million).
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