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Single Molecule Workshop Marks 20th Anniversary
Apr. 30, 2014

Single Molecule Workshop Marks 20th Anniversary

This year, PicoQuant will hold the annual workshop on "Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Ultra Sensitive Analysis in the Life Sciences" for the 20th time. It will take place from September 2 to 5, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. On the occasion of the anniversary, the workshop will have an extended schedule including a public keynote lecture by Stefan W. Hell, director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany, and winner of the Otto Hahn Medal and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize.
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Apr. 29, 2014

Ametek to Acquire Zygo

Ametek, Inc. and Zygo Corp. announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Ametek will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Zygo at a purchase price of US-$ 19.25 per share in cash, which represents a premium of 31% to Zygo's closing share price on April 10, 2014. The aggregate enterprise value of the transaction is approximately US-$ 280 million, taking into account Zygo's outstanding equity awards and net cash to be acquired in the transaction. The transaction was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Zygo.
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Atomic Force Microscopy: Resolving the Structure of a Single Biological Molecule
Apr. 29, 2014

Atomic Force Microscopy: Resolving the Structure of a Single Biological Molecule

Researchers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology have determined the structure of DNA from measurements on a single molecule using atomic force microscopy, and found that this structure is not as regular as one might think. Results have been published in the journal Small. more
Apr. 29, 2014

Winners of the 2013 EMS Outstanding Paper Award

The Executive Board of the European Microscopy Society (EMS) has received the decision of the Jury of the EMS Outstanding Paper Award for the year 2013. In total 16 high quality papers were nominated by EMS members. Of these 16 papers, 3 were selected as award winners, one in each category "Instrumentation and Technique Development", "Materials Sciences" and "Life Sciences".
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Quorum Technologies Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise
Apr. 28, 2014

Quorum Technologies Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Quorum Technologies received the Queen's Award for International Trade. This major accolade is the result of an impressive export drive by the company - increasing overseas sales by 72% over three years and selling 92% of its production overseas.  The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are highly prestigious and given for outstanding achievement by UK businesses. The awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence.
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Fluorescence Nanoscopy: New Technique Allows for Effortless Super-Resolution
Apr. 24, 2014

Fluorescence Nanoscopy: New Technique Allows for Effortless Super-Resolution

A newly developed super-resolution microscopy technique presented by scientists from the TU Braunschweig and the University of Göttingen improves traditional physical limits of fluorescence microscopy significantly. Their readily applicable high resolution technique allows for very detailed insights, for example, into parts of nerve cells which play a decisive role during learning and memory. The scientists present their results in the scientific journal Nature Methods.
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High-Resolution Imaging: Visualizing the Malaria Pathogen’s Cellular Skeleton
Apr. 22, 2014

High-Resolution Imaging: Visualizing the Malaria Pathogen’s Cellular Skeleton

The tropical disease malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite. For its survival and propagation, Plasmodium requires a protein called actin. Scientists of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Germany used high-resolution structural biology methods to investigate the different versions of this protein in the parasite in high detail. Their results, published in the scientific journal PLOS Pathogens, may in the future contribute to the development of tailor-made drugs against malaria-a disease that causes more than half a million deaths per year.
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Nanosensors to Visualize Movements and Distribution of Plant Stress Hormone
Apr. 18, 2014

Nanosensors to Visualize Movements and Distribution of Plant Stress Hormone

Biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in visualizing the movement within plants of a key hormone responsible for growth and resistance to drought. The achievement will allow researchers to conduct further studies to determine how the hormone helps plants respond to drought and other environmental stresses driven by the continuing increase in the atmosphere's carbon dioxide, or CO2, concentration. A paper describing their achievement appears in the scientific journal eLife.
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