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Accessories may upstage inverted research microscope

27 July 2016
The H117 stage from Prior Scientific offers precision and repeatability for Nikon Ts2R microscope users

THE Eclipse Ts2R is Nikon’s new intermediate-sized inverted research microscope, an instrument which can be configured for a number of observation methods including phase contrast, emboss contrast, Hoffman modulation contrast, and differential interference contrast (DIC). Now Prior Scientific has introduced a new range of stages, focus motors and automation software for the instrument. For...

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Terahertz laser reaches 230mW power

26 July 2016
Terahertz quantum cascade laser (QCL) shown in scanning electron microscope image by Wang, et al/AIP Advances

THE RECORD for continuous power output from a terahertz quantum cascade laser has been almost doubled to 230 milliWatts, researchers in China have reported. Terahertz wavelengths remain a relatively low-power part of the electromagnetic spectrum, lying between infrared and microwave. This waveband has interesting...

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DNA tasting makes real-time selective sequencing a reality

25 July 2016
Matt Loose demonstrates using the 'Read Until' method with the Minion DNA sequencer

A NOVEL pocket-sized DNA sequencer of the type used on the International Space Station can also be used to preselect DNA strands for sequencing – greatly reducing biological sample analysis time. Researchers at the University of Nottingham UK, developed the new method of selective...

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Recombinant antigens and antibodies to Zika virus

22 July 2016
The Zika virus envelope colourfully modelled by Amsbio

ZIKA virus is presently causing significant worldwide concern due its rapid spread across the globe and suggested connection to a neurological birth disorder. The outbreak began in Brazil in...

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Blowdown evaporator is compatible with lab automation

21 July 2016
Porvair Ultravap Levante blowdown evaporator is compatible with automated liquid handling

NITROGEN blowdown evaporation has been adopted by many labs for the removal of chromatography solvents such as acetonitrile, dichloromethane, hexane, and methanol. The latest blowdown evaporator from Porvair Sciences,...

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CRISPR cloning kits for precise genome editing

20 July 2016
Highly targeted gener editing is promised with Amsbio's Crispr gRNA lentivector cloning kits

CRISPR/Cas gene editing is a relatively new technique which offers high accuracy in gene targeting and better target sequence selection, with less complexity and less off-target toxicity than previous...

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Blood analysis from within the plastic bag

19 July 2016
Professors Blades and Turner used a Renishaw InVia Raman microspectrometer

RAMAN spectroscopy is being used to monitor biochemical changes and inter-donor variability in stored red blood cell (RBC) units, without the need to open the bags and remove samples....

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Underwater microscope reveals coral secrets (video)

14 July 2016
BUM underwater camera in action

A NOVEL type of underwater microscope promises to overcome the difficulties of studying small organisms in the laboratory, by making it possible to view them in their natural habitat....

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Video shows fracturing at ultra high speed

11 December 2015
Video shows fracturing at ultra high speed

THE potential for high-speed video to reveal the hidden details of fracture and crush tests is illustrated in a YouTube video posted by Daniel Rittel. Using a Kirana ultra...

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Countstar cell analysis products now available in the UK

8 December 2015
Countstar cell analysis products now available in the UK

Eikonix has been appointed to sell the Countstar range of automated cell counters and fluorescence cell analysers in the UK. The Countstar Automated Cell Counter is a cell counting...

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Benchtop workstation is economical alternative

3 December 2015
Benchtop workstation is economical alternative

A LOW cost benchtop alternative to a full cleanroom is the claim made for the CleneCab Workstation from Herolab. It is aimed at laboratory workers who need a localised...

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Time-lapse cell imaging in better focus

26 November 2015
Time-lapse cell imaging in better focus

TWO new customisation tools for its IX3 inverted microscopes deliver better multi-well time-lapse images and more stable focus during long studies, says Olympus. The IX3-ZDC2 module provides focal drift...

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Robotic workstation extracts proteins automatically

25 November 2015
Robotic workstation extracts proteins automatically

Herolab describes Spot Hunter as a new generation of robotic proteomic workstation for the fluorescence detection and automatic extraction of selected protein spots after 2D electrophoresis. Promising greater flexibility...

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Lab reactor promises simplified scale-up

24 November 2015
Lab reactor promises simplified scale-up

A compact new benchtop laboratory reactor from Asynt has the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of reaction vessels, with volumes from just 100ml to five litres. The ReactoMate...

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Software ‘brings simulation to everyone’

23 November 2015
Software ‘brings simulation to everyone’

The latest release of Comsol Multiphysics makes it easier for simulation specialists to share their design and development work with production and testing colleagues, and runs up to five...

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Capture gene bands without cutting

20 November 2015
Capture gene bands without cutting

Isolating individual bands from electrophoresis gels usually involves manually cutting them free, a slow process that can be prone to cross contamination. Gel Company says its new GeneCatcher provides...

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Grids make for faster electron microscope work

19 November 2015
Grids make for faster electron microscope work

EM Resolutions says its EM-Tec FIB grids provide a secure way to attach transmission electron microscope (TEM) lamellas to the posts during lift-out procedures with focussed ion beam (FIB)...

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Charting function added to Lims

13 November 2015
Charting function added to Lims

NEW charting capabilities have been added to the Matrix Gemini, a leading laboratory information management system (Lims) from Autoscribe Informatics. These include a comprehensive range of generic charts to...

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Barcode scanner boosts laboratory sample management

12 November 2015
Barcode scanner boosts laboratory sample management

THE new DataPaq Cube barcode reader from Ziath uses a dual camera set-up to provide fast and flexible scanning of 2D barcoded tubes in both SBS and cryobox formats....

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Fibre lasers suit optogenetics research

11 November 2015
Fibre lasers suit optogenetics research

A combination of high average power and short pulsewidth are the main features of two new ultrafast fibre lasers from Coherent. This enables high intensity focusing for applications ranging...

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Dry bath controls temperature to 0.1C

6 November 2015
Dry bath controls temperature to 0.1C

THE Peltier-driven EchoTherm IC50 chilling/heating dry bath from Torrey Pines Scientific promises tight control of sample temperature, to within 0.1C over a range from-10 to +110C. The unit’s temperature...

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Fluid processor delivers high shear

5 November 2015
Fluid processor delivers high shear

The new LM20 Microfluidizer from Microfluidics, available in the UK and Ireland from Analytik, is a digitally controlled high-shear fluid processor capable of processing batches from 14ml up to...

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Student-proof microscopes for Cardiff University

3 November 2015
Student-proof microscopes for Cardiff University

A NEW suite of over 70 Microtec light microscopes has been installed by Mazurek Optical Services at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University, UK. The...

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Micro scale bioreactor promises better lab productivity

3 November 2015
Micro scale bioreactor promises better lab productivity

The Ambr 15 fermentation system, just introduced by Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB), is an automated micro bioreactor designed to enhance microbial strain screening. The system has been designed to...

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