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Each section of microscopedia contains news on advancements in imaging technology, discoveries made using microscopes, new products, awards to microscopists, and the results of imaging contest. The news releases are from academic and government research labs and companies producing microscopes and accessories.

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Recent News / Labs, Companies, Products

View Aug 04

FEI Reports New Advances in Neuroscience in Collaboration With NIH

The NIH-FEI Living Lab for Structural Biology has determined the structural mechanism that glutamate receptors use to transmit signals between neurons in the brain. By using a Titan Krios™ transmission electron microscope (TEM) equipped with an XFEG and spherical aberration image corrector, Falcon™ generation II direct electron detector, and FEI EPU software, the researchers were able to study the membrane proteins without the restrictions imposed by X-ray crystallograpy. This breakthrough could help scientists develop treatments for diseases such as depression, epilepsy, stroke, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases,

View Aug 26

Optical Microscope Technique Confirmed as Valid Nano-Measurement Tool

Through-Focus Scanning Optical Microscopy (TSOM), a technique developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) several years ago, has been applied to manufacturing computer chips. TSOM works by using a conventional optical microscope to collect 2-D images at different focal positions to form a 3-D data space. It can collect 3-D measurements as small as 10 nanometers (nm). As the semiconductor industry's next generation of products needs to fit more components onto each chip, this technique will now facilitate the stacking of components vertically and ensure structures have a precise fit.

View May 28

Microscopy charges ahead with Charge Gradient Microscopy

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed a technique called charge gradient microscopy that reveals the true polarization of ferroelectric materials. Although ferroelectric materials are usually not polarized, they are composed of different regions that are polarized in different directions and can accumulate surface screen charges that prevent researchers from easily mapping those polarized domains. By using the tip of a conventional atomic force microscope, researchers can now scrape and collect the accumulated surface screen charges more quickly and effectively.

View Sep 03

Electron microscopes take first measurements of nanoscale chemistry in action

The team of researchers at Argonne National Laboratory has captured the first ever real-time images and simultaneous chemical analysis of nanostructures in solution. By reworking the staging of a TEM, the scientists were able to attain clearer imaging and chemical mapping of different elements in the sample during a chemical reaction. This removes the need for chemical analysis to take place in a vacuum, and now scientists will be able to interrogate a specimen in conditions nearer to its natural environment than ever before. Argonne has teamed up with manufacturer Protochips Inc. to bring this technology to the scientific community.


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Quotes / About Microscopy and From Microscopists

  • "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. "
  • "...a lot of people will advise you. On the one hand you want to listen, and on the other hand you want to test it and say, ‘Okay, is this really making sense, or is it just that somebody I really respect said this?’”"
    Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD
  • "Cell Biology finally makes possible a century old dream: that of analysis of diseases, at the cellular level - the first step towards their final control."
  • "One story that the Prof.(Oakley) used to tell, is that when the SEM was being considered as a commercial product, a group of Marketing experts were sent out to make an evaluation of the number of SEMs that could be sold. ...they came back with probably between 6 (six), and 10 (ten) would saturate the market!"