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High-Resolution Microscopy: New Membrane Probe to Analyze Cellular Structures
Sep. 26, 2014

High-Resolution Microscopy: New Membrane Probe to Analyze Cellular Structures

In the past two decades, super-resolution microscopy has been one of the fastest evolving fields through many technical improvements. However, the development of new labeling tools, probes and their biological application, is mostly lagging behind the technical capabilities. Most recently, Prof. Silvio O. Rizzoli from the Cluster of Excellence and DFG- Research Center for Nanoscale Microscopy and Molecular Physiology of the Brain (CNMPB) has developed together with his team a new technique that expands the benefit of super- resolution microscopy to study biological questions. This method contributes to understand on how cells renew, distribute and transport their molecular and subcellular components. The new technique was published the Journal of Cell Biology.
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X-Ray Imaging Paves Way for Novel Solar Cell Production
Sep. 25, 2014

X-Ray Imaging Paves Way for Novel Solar Cell Production

The sharp X-ray vision of DESY´s research light source PETRA III paves the way for a new technique to produce cheap, flexible and versatile double solar cells. The method developed by scientists from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Roskilde can reliably produce efficient tandem plastic solar cells of many metres in length, as a team around senior researcher Jens W. Andreasen reports in the journal Advanced Energy Materials.
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Sep. 25, 2014

Raptor Photonics Scoops Two Awards

Raptor Photonics picked up two awards at the recent Larne Business Awards 2014, celebrated at Ballygally Castle hotel on September 18, honouring the borough's top businesses. The company came out top in the Innovation and Export award categories and is testiment to the continued growth of the company, set up in 2008. Raptor designs and sells high performance digital imaging cameras all over the world.
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Sep. 23, 2014

Expanded Distribution Network for German Lasers in India

The German laser specialist Omicron based in Rodgau, Germany expands its international distribution network by a further representative in Asia. The distribution company Dynotech Instruments based in New Delhi offers the entire Omicron product range in India.
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A Breakthrough in Electron Microscopy
Sep. 23, 2014

A Breakthrough in Electron Microscopy

Imagine that you want to find out from a single picture taken of the front of a house, what the building looks like from behind, whether it has any extensions or if the brickwork is damaged, and how many rooms are in the basement. Sounds impossible? Not in the nanoworld. Scientists from Jülich and Xi'an have developed a new method with which crystal structures can be reconstructed with atomic precision in all three dimensions. Admittedly, they did not use a picture from a simple digital camera to perform this feat, but rather an image from an ultra-high resolution electron microscope. The process is also especially suitable for the spatial mapping of radiation-sensitive samples, which would be quickly destroyed by the high energy measurement beam. The results have been published in the current edition of Nature Materials.
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X-Ray Stroboscope Offers New Insights Into Biomolecular Dynamics
Sep. 22, 2014

X-Ray Stroboscope Offers New Insights Into Biomolecular Dynamics

Reaearchers from Göttingen in collaboration with colleagues from Augsburg have 'filmed' the movement of lipid molecules using an X-ray stroboscope at DESY. In the scientific journal Physical Review Letters, researchers lead by Professor Tim Salditt of the University of Göttingen report that their study offers new insights into the dynamics of biomolecules, which compose materials such as cell membranes. The cell membranes consist of a double layer of lipid molecules; the properties of the membranes are of great interest because they control which substances enter and exit a biological cell and also determine which materials are exchanged between different cell regions.
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Highest Resolution Ever with X-Ray Microscopy
Sep. 19, 2014

Highest Resolution Ever with X-Ray Microscopy

A record-setting X-ray microscopy experiment may have ushered in a new era for nanoscale imaging. Working at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)´s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a collaboration of researchers used low energy or "soft" X-rays to image structures only five nanometres in size. This resolution, obtained at Berkeley Lab´s Advanced Light Source (ALS), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, is the highest ever achieved with X-ray microscopy.
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Raman Imaging: Seeing the Motion of Single Molecule in Real Time
Sep. 18, 2014

Raman Imaging: Seeing the Motion of Single Molecule in Real Time

UC Irvine chemists have scored a scientific first: capturing moving images of a single molecule as it vibrates, or "breathes," and shifts from one quantum state to another. The groundbreaking achievement, led by Ara Apkarian, professor of chemistry, and Eric Potma, associate professor of chemistry, opens a window into the strange realm of quantum mechanics - where nanoscopic bits of matter seemingly defy the logic of classical physics.
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