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  • Is a resolution of 0. 1 Å for electron microscopes possible and if so is it a goal worthy of pursuit. Stephen Pennycook and Sergei Kalinin weigh in on this question Microscopy: Hasten high resolution. Learn more... Image: Wu Zhou/Oak Ridge Natl Lab

  • Multi-layer Laue lens module inside the vacuum chamber of the microscope installed at the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe beamline at NSLS-II. Learn more...

  • Using cryo-electron microscopy researchers at Berkeley Labs captured images of bacteria that are at the lower size limit for life. Learn more...

  • A new technique using stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy and metabolic labeling images new synthesized protein in live cells. Learn more... Lu Wei of Columbia University

  • Barnacle appendages. Confocal microscopy, Igor Siwanowicz, HHMI Janelia Research Campus. One of many stunning images from the galleries from the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition®. Learn more...

  • SCAPE High-Speed 3D Microscope imaging of the living brain, with green GCaMP labeling apical dendrites of layer 5 neurons, and red showing Texas red dextran in the vasculature. Learn more... Image: Elizabeth Hillman and Clay Lacefield

Recent News

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

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University of Leeds Expands Structural Biology With Titan Krios TEMs

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.

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Cryo-electron microscopy reveals structure of Bluetongue virus

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.

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Elizabeth Hillman Wins BRAIN Initiative Grant for SCAPE

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.

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Diamond Light Source places large microscope order with FEI

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

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Heptares Joins Pharma Consortium on Cryo-Electron Microscopy

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.

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FIB-SEM Composite Instrument from Hitachi at M & M 2015

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.

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New Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction (TKD) detector head from Bruker

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.

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RMC-Boeckeler New Product, Tutorials, and Demos at M&M

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Quotes / About Microscopy and From Microscopists

  • "Its pictures had for me the effect of the song of a mermaid: irresistible and half transparent."
    George E. Palade
  • "In case there are people out there who still think TEM is just taking pretty pictures to fill up one's bibliography, please stop, pause...and digest the extraordinary intellectual demands required of the microscopist in order to do the job properly: crystallography, diffraction, image contrast, inelastic scattering events, and spectroscopy.""
  • "A lot of the other companies, including GE, told me about their retirement plans and their beautiful new laboratories and not much about electron microscopy, but Zworykin showed me an old abandoned factory building. It was really a decrepit place. He asked me how soon can I build a microscope. "
  • "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."