Imaging & Microscopy en Label-Free Metabolic Imaging Looking at the good vibes of molecules: a new method for label-free metabolic imaging Wed, 15 Jan 2020 07:58:00 +0000 Atom Probe Tomography University of Sydney researchers have found evidence of how hydrogen causes embrittlement of steels. When hydrogen moves into steel, it makes the metal become brittle, leading to catastrophic failures. This has been one of the major challenges in moving towards a greener, hydrogen-fuelled future, where steel tanks and pipelines are essential components that must be able to survive in pure hydrogen environments. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:29:00 +0000 Olympus Stream Software Version 2.4.2 Offers an Improved Image Analysis Method The release of Olympus Stream image analysis software version 2.4.2 gives users even more tools to ensure quality in manufacturing. The software release includes an improved image analysis solution to measure and rate non-metallic inclusion content in high-purity steel. The new inclusion content mode detects and classifies individual fields on a large scan area, expanding on the software’s capabilities to detect and classify individual inclusions in worst field mode. Thu, 09 Jan 2020 15:55:00 +0000 Using Raman Spectroscopy to Identify Viruses A device to quickly capture and identify various strains of virus has been developed, according to researchers at Penn State and New York University. Fri, 03 Jan 2020 13:14:00 +0000 New UV Wavelengths and Integrated Laser Engines Benefit Flow Cytometry Flow cytometry is a widely used method to analyze (count) and/or sort cells, sperm and other bio-entities according to one or more distinct parameters. This entails forcing the cells to pass in single file through an interaction zone often using a flow conformation called hydrodynamic focusing. In this zone, the cells are then sequentially irradiated by one or more focused laser beams. Read all of this whitepaper here! Mon, 23 Dec 2019 10:59:00 +0000 See More in High-Throughput Slide Imaging High-volume slide imaging benefits a range of areas in life science research. Examples include structure, connectivity and activity analysis in neuroscience, cell  morphology and protein localization in cancer and stem cell research, and toxicity studies and drug screening in pharmaceutical and biotech research. To see how Olympus can help you with this task, download this whitepaper. Mon, 23 Dec 2019 10:59:00 +0000 Atomic Force Microscopy: Choosing an AFM Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is based on a simple measuring principle. In order to measure reliably on a nanometer scale, however, a sophisticated instrument design is required. In practice, this usually also implies a complex user interface. Users are often expected to deal with complicated settings; they should have prior knowledge of AFM technology and need a substantial amount of time for their measurements. But does a sophisticated instrument necessarily have to imply complex usability? Find out which aspects you should consider when choosing an AFM! Mon, 23 Dec 2019 10:59:00 +0000 Active Thermal Detection When you search your lost keys with a flash lamp, when bats detect obstacles during their night flight, or when car radars locate other cars on the road, the very same physical principle works. Be it light, sound, or an electromagnetic wave in general, a probe beam is sent ahead, and a reflected wave of the same kind carries the relevant information back to the detector. That also explains why stealth aircrafts can escape radars: by absorbing radar energy, no signal is reflected back, and they become invisible. Mon, 23 Dec 2019 10:41:00 +0000 Photonic Resonator Absorption Microscopy A fast, inexpensive yet sensitive technique to detect cancer markers is bringing researchers closer to a “liquid biopsy” – a test using a small sample of blood or serum to detect cancer, rather than the invasive tissue sampling routinely used for diagnosis. Fri, 20 Dec 2019 07:45:00 +0000 PCO.edge 26: Highest 26 MPix Resolution, True Global Shutter Maximizing the amount of information per image is crucial for microscopy, quality control, high throughput screening and other mesoscopic applications. This is where the new pco.edge 26 fits superb. Fri, 20 Dec 2019 07:10:00 +0000 X-Ray Tomography Discovering what is inside a three-dimensional (3D) nanostructure, is no longer a matter of cutting slices, thus breaking it up and destroying its functionality. Scientists from the University of Twente and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facilty (ESRF) discovered a new method to look deep inside a 3D nanostructure. This ‘traceless X-ray tomography’ (TXT) can be used for photonics, electron chips and memories, for example. Tue, 17 Dec 2019 17:07:00 +0000 High-Resolution Imaging Using new high-resolution imaging techniques, MDC researchers and colleagues have tracked titin, the body’s largest protein, in real time throughout its entire lifecycle. The method and results could provide new insight into muscle development as well as treating damaged muscles and heart disease. Mon, 16 Dec 2019 11:08:00 +0000 At the Forefront of Laser Technology Florian Emaury, CEO and co-​founder of Menhir Photonics, has a dream: to shake up the market with ultrafast lasers. The company’s approach is based on reliable, robust, high-​precision lasers – and a strong presence both in the markets and on social media. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:57:00 +0000 Zeiss: Tenth Record-Breaking Year in a Row The Zeiss Group continued its growth trajectory, with revenue and earnings reaching new heights in fiscal year 2018/19, which ended 30 September 2019. Revenue grew by 11 percent, reaching 6.428 billion euros (previous year: 5.817 billion euros). Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:11:00 +0000 Combination of Microscopy Techniques Makes Images Twice as Sharp Researchers at Delft University of Technology have combined two existing super-resolution microscopy techniques to create a new method. Many experts thought that combining these techniques was not technically possible. The new, combined method enables researchers to visualize the tiny components of living cells better than ever before. Among other things, this can lead to new insights for healthcare. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:03:00 +0000 Ultrafast Stimulated Emission Microscopy of Single Nanocrystals The ability to investigate the dynamics of single particle at the nano-scale and femtosecond level remained an unfathomed dream for years. It was not until the dawn of the 21st century that nanotechnology and femtoscience gradually merged together and the first ultrafast microscopy of individual quantum dots (QDs) and molecules was accomplished. Ultrafast microscopy studies entirely rely on detecting nanoparticles or single molecules with luminescence techniques, which require efficient emitters to work. Mon, 09 Dec 2019 16:56:00 +0000 Ultrafast X-Ray Optics Scientists have demonstrated a new micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS) resonator. MEMS devices combine tiny electronic and mechanical components. By using this device with a hard (higher energy) X-ray, scientists can now control how long the X-ray pulses are, down to 300 picoseconds long. Picoseconds are one trillionth of a second long. Typical synchrotrons – a type of particle accelerator – produce X-rays that are about 100 picoseconds long, but don’t have the ability to have fine control over the pulse length. The Impact Fri, 06 Dec 2019 18:21:00 +0000 Using Cryo-EM for the Imaging of Peptoids Protein-like molecules called “polypeptoids” (or “peptoids,” for short) have great promise as precision building blocks for creating a variety of designer nanomaterials, like flexible nanosheets – ultrathin, atomic-scale 2D materials. They could advance a number of applications – such as synthetic, disease-specific antibodies and self-repairing membranes or tissue – at a low cost. Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:55:00 +0000 3rd NanoScientific Forum Europe on September 23-25, 2020 at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland The 3rd NanoScientific Forum Europe (NSFE 2020) will be hosted by Prof. Kim McKelvey, School of Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin, and by Prof. Brian Rodriguez, School of Physics at University College Dublin. The event is co-hosted and supported by AMBER, Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research Centre Dublin. Wed, 04 Dec 2019 07:37:00 +0000 Electron Cryo-Microscopy Researchers at Osaka University unveiled the most complete picture of an essential component of the bacterial flagellum to date, the “universal joint” used for transmitting rotary power. This research may help scientists design new antimicrobial agents that target this critical structure, or biomimetic self-propelled nanomachines inspired by the natural system. Tue, 03 Dec 2019 19:15:00 +0000 EMBL and Leica Sign Open Innovation Collaboration Agreement Leica Microsystems and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have signed a long-term framework collaboration agreement to provide new imaging technologies. The agreement is the first to promote a new open innovation concept between industry and EMBL. EMBL often cooperates with industry partners, and has cooperated successfully with Leica for many years. Based on this strong partnership, Leica is among the companies supporting the upcoming EMBL Imaging Centre, which is currently under construction at the EMBL campus in Heidelberg, Germany. Tue, 03 Dec 2019 08:38:00 +0000 Quantum Dot Lasers Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a way to make Colloidal Quantum Dots produce laser light with the help of an electric field. Fri, 29 Nov 2019 17:45:00 +0000 Euro-BioImaging Esatblished On 29 October 2019, the European Commission made the decision to officially establish Euro-BioImaging as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). With its ERIC status, Euro-BioImaging is now legally recognized as a European research infrastructure for biological and biomedical imaging, providing life scientists with open access to a broad range of technologies and resources. Fri, 29 Nov 2019 10:06:00 +0000 Stunning Images Who could imagine that zinc oxide can look like a rosebud? Or that a fungus resembles a desert landscape? Researchers are using sophisticated microscopes to unveil fascinating images that are invisible to the naked eye. As they challenge the dichotomy between science and art, they turn their labs into unlikely studios. Video by Ana Terra Athayde Fri, 29 Nov 2019 09:18:00 +0000 Zeiss Acquires Saxonia Systems As early as September 2018, the technology company Zeiss had acquired a 25 percent stake in Saxonia Systems. Both companies are now announcing that Zeiss will completely take over the specialty enterprise for individual software solutions. Wed, 27 Nov 2019 10:46:00 +0000