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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 in living tissue. Complementation-activated light microscopy (CALM) offers imaging resolutions an order of magnitude finer than conventional optical microscopy, and a better look at the behavior of biomolecules at the nanometer scale. ...

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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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Laser Cooling Enhances Atomic-Force Microscopy
CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 19, 2014 — Cooling nanowire probes with lasers could lead to significant improvements in the sensitivity and resolution of atomic-force microscopes. The technique, developed by a team from Australian National University, uses lasers to achieve a...

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Synchrotron Light Sources, FTIR Advance Space-Dust Study
BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 18, 2014 — Synchrotron light sources have helped researchers discover that interstellar space dust is more complex in composition and structure than previously thought. Researchers from the Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley and Brookhaven national...
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Photonics Researchers Win Blavatnik Awards
NEW YORK, July 29, 2014 — The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences has recognized two photonics researchers with the 2014 Blavatnik National Awards. The award honors young American scientists and engineers; each winner receives $250,000....

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Eyeing Superresolution Microscopy, Bruker Acquires Vutara
BILLERICA, Mass., July 28, 2014 — Bruker Corp. has acquired Vutara Inc. of Salt Lake City for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will integrate Vutara’s high-speed, 3-D superresolution imaging systems with Bruker’s line of multiphoton and multipoint scanning...
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Laser Nanolithography Could Improve Nanomaterials
SINGAPORE, July 23, 2014 — Laser nanolithography shows potential for improving nanomaterials for electronic and optoelectronic components. Research teams at the National University of Singapore, led by professor Dr. Sow Chorng Haur, used similar techniques to alter...

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Video: Nanoantennas as Photo Film Boost Optical Data Storage
URBANA, Ill., July 18, 2014 — Nanoantennas can be used like traditional photographic film to record light at distances smaller than its own wavelength. This could mean big things for the future of optical data storage. To make the new pillar bowtie nanoantenna (pBNA)...
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Digital Surf Acquires Image Metrology
BESANÇON, France, July 17, 2014 — Surface imaging and metrology software firm Digital Surf has acquired Image Metrology of Hørsholm, Denmark. Digital Surf makes software for optical, scanning probe and scanning electron microscopes, as well as 2-D and 3-D...

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Hollow Core Protects Optical Fibers from UV Light
ERLANGEN, Germany, and BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany, July 3, 2014 — A new type of optical fiber can guide UV laser light without sustaining the damage often seen in conventional fibers. A microscopic image of a hollow core optical fiber. Courtesy of the Max Planck Institute. Developed by a team...
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Sub-RF Imaging Advanced by Lasers
GAITHERSBURG, Md., and ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 18, 2014 — Laser-enhanced radio-frequency mapping could lead to better assessment of metamaterials. Traditional field mapping requires the use of millimeter-scale antennas and dipoles, similar in size to the radio frequencies they measure. This poses...

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Crystals Set in Motion by UV Light
SINGAPORE, June 3, 2014 — Tiny crystals of a cobalt coordination compound leap, twirl and burst apart like popcorn when exposed to UV light. A team led by researchers at the National University of Singapore suggests the microscopic phenomenon could find macroscopic...
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Cancer Imaging Expert Joins University of Houston
HOUSTON, Texas, June 3, 2014 — The University of Houston will use a $2 million recruitment grant from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas to hire Dr. David Mayerich, who will conduct quantum cascade laser (QCL) and knife-edge scanning microscopy research to...

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Laser Scanning Lends Credence to Theory of Brain Circuitry
MONTREAL, May 30, 2014 — Nerve cells in the brain can rewire and fine-tune themselves by forming connections with neighboring cells. Xenopus tadpoles. Images courtesy of Science. Researchers from Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and...
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Laser Triggers Stem Cells to Fix Teeth
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 29, 2014 — A new low-light laser technique has shown the potential to regrow tooth cells. A team led by Harvard University has discovered that low-power light can prompt stem cells to regenerate tissue inside the body. This shows promise for...

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Nano-Optics Pioneers Recognized with Kavli Prize
OSLO, Norway, May 29, 2014 — Three researchers who helped break the nanoscale barrier in optics have been awarded the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience. Thomas W. Ebbesen of Louis Pasteur University in France, Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical...
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Nanowire Probes Provide Visual Enhancement for AFM
GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 28, 2014 — Nanowire probe tips originally intended for atomic force microscopes in near-field scanning microwave microscopy (NSMM) applications could have another use. A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Physical...

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Nano-optical Tweezers Make Single-Molecule Protein Study Easier
VICTORIA, British Columbia, Canada, May 23, 2014 — Laser tweezers could eventually replace fluorescence imaging in applications such as studying heterogeneity in virus populations and nanoparticle manipulation. A nano-optical tweezer, developed at the University of Victoria, facilitates the...
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Nanotronics Imaging Expands Tech Team
BROOKLYN, N.Y., May 16, 2014 — Nanotronics Imaging has enhanced its technical team with the appointments of a new chief technology officer and a new science director. Nicolas Heron has been named CTO. He brings 18 years of industry experience, including in storage...






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