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Our mission is to find the most interesting news on advancements in microscope instrumentation and the discoveries made using microscopy to you. News from academic and government research labs, manufacturers, and societies are included.
Research and Innovations
The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom has purchased two Titan Krios™ cryo transmission electron microscopes (cryo-TEMs) from FEI. The microscopes will be installed in a renovated facility in March of 2016.
Cryo-electron microscopy has revealed the atomic structure of the Bluetongue virus and has revealed how how the virus infects healthy cells. This understanding of the disease that has killed millions of cattle will aid in the develop of vaccines and treatments.
The $1.83 million three-year grant, part of the White House’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, will support her work on SCAPE, a high-speed 3D microscope that she has developed for imaging the living brain.
Two FEI Titan Krios cryo transmission electron microscopes (TEMs), a Scios DualBeam focused ion beam/scanning electron microscope (FIB/SEM), and a Talos cryo-TEM have been ordered by Diamond Light Source for the electron biology facility (EBIC).
Product and Company
Heptares Therapeutics has joined the Cambridge-Pharmaceutical Cryo-EM Consortium which will evaluate the potential of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) for determining three-dimensional (3D) information about protein structures at the molecular level.
Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation will introduce its new instrument, the NX9000, at Microscopy & Microanalysis 2015 in Portland, U.S.A. from August 2-6, 2015. The NX9000 is the second product created through the collaboration of Hitachi High-Tech and its subsidiary Hitachi High-Tech Science Corporation. This real-time 3D analytical FIB*1-SEM*2 composite instrument boasts improved 3D structural analysis precision and throughput, and can be used in applications of SEM observation, 3D EBSD, 3D EDS, TEM or atom probe sample preparation, and more. By arranging the SEM column and FIB column orthogonally, instead of diagonally, the NX9000 is optimized for improved throughput and precision in 3D structural analysis applications.
Bruker has launched the OPTIMUS™ TKD detector head for use with scanning electron microscope. The head can be easily interchanged with Bruker e-Flash EBSD detectors, so users have access to Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction (TKD) and EBSD with the same detector. OPTIMUS™ TKD provides a simple, cost-effective method of obtaining Selected Area Electron Diffraction (SAED) patterns like those acquired through TEM, and can be integrated with the ARGUS™ direct electron detection system to allow for bright field and dark field images.
Quotes / About Microscopy and From Microscopists
"It took me about twenty years before I had the right system that could be realized in practice and that scientist said it could work"
"You have to be absolutely patient, but suddenly one atom was sitting right in front of the tip and I got atomic resolution. That’s the way to success, not giving up."
"One day I was testing my instrument and with my own eyes, for the first time in the world, I saw atoms working in a chemical reaction, changing their atomic structure, and it was absolutely thrilling."
"A project for a Ph.D. student must provide him with good training and, if he is doing experimental work, there is much to be said for choosing a problem which involves the construction or modification of some fairly complicated apparatus. I have always felt that university research in engineering should be adventurous and should not mind tackling speculative projects"