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Label-Free Virus Detection Method Integrates Optical Microscope, Fiber
JENA, Germany, Feb. 4, 2016 — A label-free technique has demonstrated the ability to detect freely diffusing viruses smaller than 20 nm. Although existing methods for detecting viruses such as confocal or fluorescence microscopy — which generally involve fixation and fluorescent-dye staining of samples — offer high spatial resolution and high signal-to-background ratios, fluorescence emission lifetime limits the measurement speed, and photobleaching and thermal diffusion limit the duration of

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Application Note: Digital Light Microscopy Reveals Mechanical Properties of Bone
HAMBURG, Germany, Jan. 22, 2016 — Digital light microscopy has been demonstrated as a faster, easier method for conducting microindentation analysis — a tool often used to investigate the mechanical properties of materials such as bone. Microindentation analysis of...
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Eric Betzig Group Takes $25K Prize for Light-Sheet Microscopy Advance
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 13, 2016 — The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded its $25,000 Newcomb Cleveland Prize to Nobel laureate Eric Betzig and colleagues for advancing light-sheet microscopy for live-cell imaging. Their approach causes less...

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AIC to Distribute ISVI Cameras in Japan
SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 12, 2016 — High-speed camera maker ISVI Corp. has signed a distribution agreement with Advanced Imaging Components Inc. (AIC) to address the Japanese automated imaging market. "Continued demand for automation implementation in the automotive and electronics...
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Mauna Kea Appoints Joseph DeVivo Director
PARIS, Jan. 12, 2016 — Joseph M. DeVivo, president and CEO of AngioDynamics Inc., will join the five-member board of directors of Mauna Kea Technologies SA as an independent nonexecutive director. DeVivo has 20 years of experience as a medical device executive with...

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Application Note: Filming 'Killer Cells' in 3D to Aid Immune Response
CAMBRIDGE, England, Jan. 1, 2016 — Watching the formation of the human immune system's "killer cells" could help scientists develop new ways to target cancer. Researchers at Cambridge University used a confocal spinning disk microscope equipped with electron multiplying CCD (EMCCD)...
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Worm Brain Imaging Illustrates Neurons' Role in Movement
PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 31, 2015 — A fluorescence microscopy technique has yielded 3D footage of brain activity in unrestrained worms, offering insight into how populations of neurons generate animal behavior. Researchers from Princeton University developed an instrument capable of...

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Thermal Contrast Technique Reveals Cell Characteristics
BORDEAUX, France, Dec. 30, 2015 — A label-free technique based on a thermoelastic lens has been used to capture images of single cells with 2-μm resolution. The method could be used to perform histological analysis and for disease detection in tissue samples. Researchers from...
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Nikon Metrology Opens Showroom in Mexico
BRIGHTON, Mich., Dec. 23, 2015 — Nikon Metrology will open a metrology showroom in Queretaro, Mexico, as a result of increased business in Latin America. The facility will offer hands-on product training with access to the latest technologies in nondestructive, CAD comparison and...

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Metal Labels Produce 3D Images of Neurons
MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 21, 2015 — Spectral confocal microscopy has been used to visualize neurons with the help of silver- and gold-based cell labeling. The development enables imaging of archived tissue samples, which could aid long-term clinical research efforts and diagnostics...
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Aydogan Ozcan Awarded 2015 ICO Prize
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 11, 2015 — Aydogan Ozcan has been awarded the 2015 ICO Prize by the International Commission for Optics for his contributions to biophotonics. The award lauds Ozcan's work on computational microscopy and digital holography for telemedicine and global health...

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Mauna Kea, Cook Medical Partner on Urology Endomicroscope Commercialization
PARIS, Dec. 11, 2015 — Cook Medical will commercialize a private-label version of Mauna Kea Technologies Inc.'s confocal laser endomicroscopy platform Cellvizio for urological applications. The launch in North America, Western Europe and China is planned for the first...
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Computer Chips Measured Using Optical Scatterfield Technique
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Dec. 7, 2015 — Using a microscope that combines standard through-the-lens viewing with scatterfield imaging techniques, researchers have accurately measured patterned features on a silicon wafer 30 times smaller than the wavelength of light. The achievement...

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NKT Photonics Supplies Supercontinuum Lasers to Leica Microsystems
BIRKERØD, Denmark, Nov. 30, 2015 — Leica Microsystems GmbH has signed a 14-month supply contract with NKT Photonics A/S to deliver its SuperK EXTREME supercontinuum lasers to power the Leica TCS SP8 X confocal microscope for bioimaging. The white-light laser enables excitation at...
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Calibration Sharpens Superresolution Microscopes
STANFORD, Calif., Nov. 23, 2015 — Superresolution microscopes can be made even sharper with arrays of nanoscale apertures that compensate for optical aberrations more effectively than previous techniques. The arrays allow for more accurate tracking of individual molecules in 3D,...

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Viral Method Aids Two-Photon Imaging of Primate Brains
WAKO, Japan, Nov. 20, 2015 — Tailored viruses that make brain cells manufacture fluorophores could make two-photon microscopy techniques viable for studying primate brains. Tested first in marmosets, the technique could for the first time allow scientists to neural activity...
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Application Note: Raman Microscope Probes Semiconductor Defects
NISHINOMIYA, Japan, Nov. 20, 2015 — Using Raman microscopy to study flaws in the crystal structure of semiconductors could lead to better epitaxial growth processes that would make the materials more energy efficient when used in electronic devices. Using a Raman microscope from...

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Robert Rosenthal Joins Bruker Board
BILLERICA, Mass., Nov. 18, 2015 — Bruker Corp. has appointed Dr. Robert Rosenthal to its board of directors. Rosenthal is CEO and director of Taconic Biosciences Inc. in Hudson, N.Y., a provider of research models for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Prior to joining...
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Application Note: Temperature-Controlled Stages Avoid Heat Damage to Cells
BRISTOL, England, Nov. 13, 2015 — Temperature-controlled stages have been used to fend off heat damage to cells caused by illumination in correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) experiments. A research group at the University of Bristol used stages from Linkam Scientific...

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Research Innovation Recognized by Edmund Educational Awards
BARRINGTON, N.J., Nov. 11, 2015 — Researchers behind a flow cytometer for seawater, a 3D superresolution microscopy technique and the study of bubbles took top honors in this year's Educational Awards presented by Edmund Optics Inc. The awards recognize undergraduate and graduate...
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Plastic Fluorescence Microscope Brings Diagnostic Care to Rural Poor
HOUSTON, Nov. 9, 2015 — A miniature plastic digital fluorescence microscope that can quantify white blood cell levels in patients aims to improve disease detection in rural parts of the world. The inexpensive point-of-care device examines blood smears, allowing health...

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Cary Davies Named Fluorescence Product Manager at Horiba
EDISON, N.J., Nov. 9, 2015 — Horiba Scientific has named Cary Davies global product line manager for its fluorescence division. Davies has 29 years of experience in the fluorescence spectroscopy field as a salesman, sales manager and product manager for Photon Technology...
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Winners of 2015 Insight Awards for Scientific Imaging Announced
BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Nov. 6, 2015 — Andor Technology Ltd. and Bitplane AG, both Oxford Instruments companies, have announced three first-place winners of their 2015 Insight Awards, a scientific imaging competition. The winning entry in the physical sciences category was submitted by...

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Diagnostic Photonics Wins Business Plan Competition with Cancer Imaging Technology
CHICAGO, Nov. 3, 2015 — Diagnostic Photonics Inc., a startup developing a handheld, high-resolution imaging system for cancer surgery, is the winner of a business plan competition. The competition was sponsored by the PROPEL Center of the iBIO Institute, which provides...
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Dye Endures Repeated STED Irradiation
NAGOYA, Japan, Oct. 27, 2015 — Photostable fluorescent dye for superresolution microscopy could serve as a powerful tool to visualize biological events and structural details in living cells for prolonged periods. Researchers at Nagoya University have developed a new...






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