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Lens-Free 3-D Microscope Sharp Enough for Pathology
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18, 2014 — A computational lens-free, holographic on-chip microscope could provide a faster and cheaper means of diagnosing cancer and other diseases at the cellular level. Developed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, the compact system illuminates tissue or blood samples with a laser or LED, while a sensor records the pattern of shadows created by the sample. The device processes these patterns as a series of holograms using the transport-of-intensity equation,...

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At Year’s End, Zeiss Seeks to ‘Sharpen Competitiveness’
OBERKOCHEN, Germany, Dec. 17, 2014 — Citing global financial uncertainty and unfavorable currency conversion rates, the Zeiss Group nonetheless ended its fiscal year Sept. 30 with increased revenues and profits. Fiscal 2014 revenue was €4.287 billion (about $5.291...
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CoolLED, Prior Scientific Team Up on Fluorescence Microscopy Illumination
ANDOVER, England, Dec. 16, 2014 — Prior Scientific has chosen CoolLED Ltd. as an OEM partner in developing LED illumination for fluorescence microscopy. CoolLED said it was the first to introduce a commercial LED illumination unit for fluorescence microscopy, and continues...

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3i to Sell Light-Sheet Microscopy Systems under Zeiss Sublicense
DENVER, Dec. 8, 2014 — Intelligent Imaging Innovations (3i) will sell and support lattice light-sheet microscopy development systems under a sublicense with Zeiss’ microscopy business group in Jena, Germany. Also called Bessel beam plane illumination...
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Imaging Systems to Explore Asteroid Composition Close-Up
TANEGASHIMA, Japan, Dec. 3, 2014 — A probe launched today by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) carries a spectroscopy and imaging systems to examine the composition of a near-Earth asteroid. Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2 is on a mission to explore the origins of...

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JPK Instruments Opens US Office
BERLIN, Dec. 2, 2014 — JPK Instruments, manufacturer of nanoanalytic instrumentation for research in life sciences and soft matter, is set to expand its operations with the opening of a new U.S. office in Carpinteria, Calif., on Jan. 1. Dr. Stefan Kaemmer will...
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DIY Microscope Boosts Efficiency and Cuts Costs
UXBRIDGE, England, Nov. 26, 2014 — A Brunel University London student has developed a DIY microscope that will ultimately cut research costs and save time in the lab. Dr. Adam Lynch, a postdoctoral candidate at Brunel’s College of Health and Life Sciences, created the...

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Nonlinear Microscopy Measures Effects of Laser Skin Surgery
FLORENCE, Italy, Nov. 19, 2014 — The effects of laser-based skin-tightening plastic surgery can be obvious to the naked eye, but harder to examine below the surface and at the microscale without a biopsy. A team from the University of Florence and other Italian...
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Nikon, JEOL to Collaborate on Light-Electron Microscope
MELVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 17, 2014 — Nikon Instruments Inc. and JEOL have joined forces to research and develop systems that combine light and electron microscopy. Existing light microscopes cannot provide the molecular-level information that an electron microscope can. And...

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Microscopy Aids Single-Cell, Whole-Body Imaging
TOKYO and SAITAMA, Japan, Nov. 6, 2014 — A microscopy and imaging technique could make tissue and potentially whole organisms transparent. A team at the Riken Quantitative Biology Center and the University of Tokyo developed the method — CUBIC (Clear, Unobstructed Brain...
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Wang Named 2015 Britton Chance Award Winner
BELLINGHAM, Wash., Oct. 17, 2014 — Lihong Wang, an innovator in photoacoustic imaging, has been chosen to receive the 2015 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award. A researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, Wang is being recognized for his pioneering technical...

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Fluorescent, Magnetic Nanoparticles Aid Bioimaging
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 14, 2014 — Nanoparticles that fluoresce to enable tracking in the body can also be precisely manipulated with magnetic fields. Manipulating the particles with electromagnets is key to using them in biological research because the tiny particles could...
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UC Berkeley Nabs Grant for BRAIN Initiative, Teams with Zeiss
BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 13, 2014 — The University of California was awarded a total of $7.2 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to conduct brain-related research as part of the national BRAIN Initiative. The grants will be dispersed over three years. In...

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Superresolution Microscopy Pioneers Win Nobel Prize in Chemistry
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 8, 2014 — Circumventing the diffraction limit to achieve nanoscale microscope images has earned Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and W.E. Moerner the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Hell, director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in...
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Solar Cell Stores Energy, Too
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 7, 2014 — Solar cells could soon double as rechargeable batteries, greatly enhancing their power and efficiency. Developed by a team at The Ohio State University, a new hybrid device combines a battery with a solar cell. The researchers said the new...

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Industry Group Pledges $30M for Neuroimaging Research
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 — Industry leaders plan to invest upwards of $30 million for photonics research and development in support of a White House neuroscience initiative. The National Photonics Initiative on Tuesday launched its Photonics Industry Neuroscience...
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Interferometric Technique Targets Protein Shadows
ERLANGEN, Germany, Sept. 24, 2014 — A new optical method for targeting proteins could mean earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment for cancer. The technique makes individual proteins — including those characteristic of certain types of cancer — visible and...

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Fluorescence Technique Probes Muscular Dystrophy
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18, 2014 — Scientists are gaining new insight into muscular dystrophy using a form of high-resolution fluorescence microscopy. A team from the University of Southern California developed the technique, which allows the viewing of individual molecules...
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Video: Cell Phones Become Microscopes with 3-D Printing
RICHLAND, Wash., Sept. 17, 2014 — 3-D printing could help turn cellphones into high-powered microscopes, enabling them to identify biological samples in the field. A team at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) used a 3-D printer to...

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Technique ‘Pre-Corrects’ Microscope Illumination
REHOVOT, Israel, Sept. 11, 2014 — A new adaptive optics technique focuses laser light through dense tissues without the need for an invasive guide star. The technique can resolve a point less than a micron across. It was developed by a team led by the Weizmann Institute of...
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Zeiss, Janelia to Commercialize Fluorescence Technique
ASHBURN, Va., Sept. 10, 2104 — The Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus has teamed up with Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH to commercialize Bessel beam plane illumination microscopy, also called lattice light-sheet microscopy. The method allows...

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High-Speed, In Vivo Raman Technique Pinpoints Cholesterol
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Sept. 9, 2014 — A new high-speed spectroscopy technique that can pinpoint where cells store cholesterol could be used to study obesity and diabetes. Researchers at Purdue University used hyperspectral-stimulated Raman-scattering microscopy to map lipid...
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Chemical Treatment Makes 3-D Cell Cultures Clearer
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sept. 8, 2014 — A chemical treatment could lead to better imaging of cells in 3-D cultures. A team at Brown University made the finding while studying how neural tissues grow from stem cells. The researchers created sphere-shaped cell cultures to allow the...

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Plasmonic Nanowire Shows Promise as Photonic Circuit
ROCHESTER, N.Y., and ZURICH, Sept. 5, 2014 — A new kind of nanowire efficiently guides both light and electricity. A team from the University of Rochester and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology developed a basic photonic integrated circuit consisting of a silver nanowire and a...
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'Water Window' Poses Imaging Prospect
SALAMANCA, Spain, Aug. 22, 2014 — The “water window” of biological tissue can be exploited to achieve high-contrast microscope images, as well as precision spectroscopy, according to a new theoretical study. Researchers from the Center for Pulsed Lasers said...






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