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Atomic Force Microscopy: Carving out Nanoscale Designs on Ionic Polymer
Dec. 22, 2014

Atomic Force Microscopy: Carving out Nanoscale Designs on Ionic Polymer

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used advanced microscopy to carve out nanoscale designs on the surface of a new class of ionic polymer materials for the first time. The study provides new evidence that atomic force microscopy, or AFM, could be used to precisely fabricate materials needed for increasingly smaller devices.
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Seeing is Believing
Dec. 18, 2014

Seeing is Believing

If seeing is believing, C.K. Choi has a passion for clarity-in a very tiny world. The assistant professor of mechanical engineering's research lies at the micro-scale, in channels no thicker than a strand of hair. more
Drug Delivery: Colorful Nano-Guides to the Liver
Dec. 16, 2014

Drug Delivery: Colorful Nano-Guides to the Liver

Jena scientists have been successful in producing highly specific nanoparticles. Depending on the bound dye the particles are guided to the liver or to the kidney and deliver their payload of active ingredients directly to the targeted tissue. Moreover, the dyes enable the tracking of the transport processes by intravital microscopy or, in a non-invasive way, by multi spectral optoacoustic tomography. The reduction of cholesterol production induced by siRNA served as the proof-of-principle for the developed method. The scientists report their data in the journal Nature Communications.
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SNAP-tagging: New Technique Provides Unprecedentedly Detailed Images of Mouse Neurons
Dec. 15, 2014

SNAP-tagging: New Technique Provides Unprecedentedly Detailed Images of Mouse Neurons

The riot of colour before your eyes provides a glimpse at another sense: touch. When something brushes a mouse's skin, or the temperature around it changes, this bundle of nerves relays that information from touch receptors on the skin to the spinal cord and ultimately the brain, where it can be processed and acted upon. Neurons involved in sensing light touch are shown in green, and two different types of nerve cell involved in sensing pain are labelled red and blue. The new technique, called SNAP-tagging, has been published in Nature Methods.
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Filming Chemistry With a High Speed X-Ray Camera
Dec. 12, 2014

Filming Chemistry With a High Speed X-Ray Camera

Chemistry happens all around us. A chemical reaction is a rearrangement of atoms in and between molecules, the breaking of old and the formation of new bonds. The glue that binds atoms in molecules and creates the bonds between them is made out of valence electrons. more
EBSD 2015: Abstract Submission Open
Dec. 11, 2014

EBSD 2015: Abstract Submission Open

The annual EBSD meeting offers an opportunity for users and developers of EBSD and related techniques to meet and discuss their work, with a two day series of technical talks and a lively poster session. The meeting will take place at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK from March 30-31, 2014.
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Dec. 10, 2014

Call 2014 EMS Outstanding Paper Award

For the fifth year in a row, EMS again organizes the "Outstanding Paper Award" (OutPA) for papers published in 2014. The award will go to papers containing original work in the field of microscopy which will be judged on scientific merit, technical and general quality, expected impact, originality and relevance to microscopy.
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First Solid-State Protein Lasers
Dec. 10, 2014

First Solid-State Protein Lasers

Researchers at the University of St Andrews have produced the world's first solid-state protein lasers, capable of record performance and some capable of self-assembly, by harnessing the optical engineering skills of bioluminescent jellyfish. The findings, reported in the journal Nature Communications, have the potential to transform biomedical diagnosis of conditions such as cancer and advance the design of new materials.
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