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Stripping Gold From AFM Probes Allows Better Measurement Of Picoscale Forces
2012-06-28 12:02:30

Gold is not necessarily precious–at least not as a coating on atomic force microscope (AFM) probes. JILA researchers found that removing an AFM probe's gold coating–until now considered helpful–greatly improved force measurements performed in a liquid, the medium favored for biophysical studies such as stretching DNA or unfolding proteins. As described in Nano Letters,* stripping the gold from the diving-board-shaped probe, or cantilever, with a brief chemical bath...

2012-06-15 11:53:30

Experienced anglers know that choppy waters make for difficult fishing, so they try not to rock the boat. Thanks to a new microscopy technique, cell biology researchers can heed that same advice. University of Illinois researchers developed a method they call “trolling AFM,” which allows them to study soft biological samples in liquid with high resolution and high quality. Led by mechanical science and engineering professor Min-Feng Yu, the group published its findings in the...

2012-06-14 12:30:05

A team of researchers has developed a new microscope that can image the elemental and magnetic properties of a wide range of energy-important materials that are used in devices such as solar cells and solid-state lighting. The imager is based on a technique known as X-ray excited luminescence microscopy (XELM). It was created by hitching a standard optical microscope to a synchrotron X-ray source. Synchrotrons produce X-rays and other forms of electromagnetic radiation by sending electrons...

2012-06-02 23:01:14

Visit ViewsIQ at LABCON Booth #604 to learn the latest in interactive slide imaging technology. ViewsIQ will be co-marketing with BCIT, the first academic institution to integrate the Panoptiq technology into their Medical Laboratory Science curriculum. Come meet Diane van Paridon and Tom Wells, instructors of BCIT's Medical Laboratory Science program, to talk about their experience with Panoptiq! Check out the latest update from BCIT about their adoption of Panoptiq....

2012-05-22 01:52:14

Non-invasive test promises rapid, pain-free diagnoses without the use of fluorescent dyes Blood tests convey vital medical information, but the sight of a needle often causes anxiety and results take time. A new device developed by a team of researchers in Israel, however, can reveal much the same information as a traditional blood test in real-time, simply by shining a light through the skin. This optical instrument, no bigger than a breadbox, is able to provide high-resolution images of...

2012-04-27 12:39:16

A team of American researchers have created a portable, miniature microscope in the hope of reducing the time taken to diagnose oral cancer. The probe, which is around 20 cm long and 1 cm wide at its tip, could be used by doctors to diagnose oral cancer in real-time or as a surgical guidance tool; dentists could also use it to screen for early-stage cancer cells. The probe has been presented today, Friday 27 April, in IOP Publishing's Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, and...

First Atomic-Scale Real-Time Movies Of Platinum Nanocrystal Growth In Liquids
2012-04-20 03:44:20

Berkeley Scientists Create Graphene Liquid Cells for Electron Microscopy Studies of Nanocrystal Formation [ Watch the Video ] They won´t be coming soon to a multiplex near you, but movies showing the growth of platinum nanocrystals at the atomic-scale in real-time have blockbuster potential. A team of scientists with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley has developed a technique for encapsulating liquids of...

2012-03-16 23:02:19

ViewsIQ has invented Panoptiq, an interactive digital slide imaging tool built exactly for the pathologist. Designed and trialed by top pathologists at Canada's premier healthcare institutions, Panoptiq empowers the user to create panoramic images of slides "on the fly" right under the regular microscope. This allows to see and communicate diagnostic information of the slide in a whole new way. Vancouver Canada, Oxford Massachusetts (PRWEB) March 15, 2012 What is it? The Panoptiq system...

2012-02-15 21:36:12

A pocket-size microscope accessory developed by Finnish scientists will be accurate to one hundredth of a millimeter VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the leading multi-technological applied research organisation in Northern Europe, has developed an optical accessory that turns an ordinary camera phone into a high-resolution microscope. The device is accurate to one hundredth of a millimetre. Among those who will benefit from the device are the printing industry, consumers, the...


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