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Violet laser promises better cytometry and confocal microscopy

9 August 2016
Coherent's Obis 405 is a powerful violet laser in a compact package

MANY short wavelength imaging operations, including confocal imaging and flow cytometry, can be improved through use of a compact new high-power violet laser says Coherent. The Obis 405 LX delivers 250mW power at a wavelength of 405nm, along with direct analogue and digital modulation capabilities at up to 150MHz. All of this is available...

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AFM probes can be 3D printed

8 August 2016
Examples of specialised probes created by the technique, including (lower left) one modelled on the Matterhorn, a mountain in Switzerland

A NOVEL application of 3D printing techniques at nanometre scales could make the creation of custom probes for atomic force microscopy (AFM) both quicker and cheaper, according to researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. They have developed a technique based on two-photon polymerisation to...

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Hydrocodone assay wins FDA approval

4 August 2016

A NEW immunoassay specifically for the detection of hydrocodone has been granted regulatory approval in the USA. The DRI Hydrocodone Assay from Thermo Fisher Scientific is a homogeneous enzyme immunoassay, and has received 510 (k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)....

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Goniometer handles X-ray diffractions in small and wide angles – SAXS and WAXS

3 August 2016
Panalytical's Empyrean Nano edition offers SAXS and WAXS analysis

A NEW hybrid laboratory instrument from Panalytical performs a variety of advanced X-ray scattering analysis. The Empyrean Nano is a goniometer-based X-ray scattering platform for advanced small-angle X-ray scattering...

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Compound fragment library now ‘in the cloud’

2 August 2016
Rainy day in Lanarkshire? Selcia compounds are now available through BioAscent's online rapid ordering system

OVER 1300 compounds from the Selcia compound fragment library are now available to researchers through the online Compound Cloud service of BioAscent Discovery. A new agreement between the companies...

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Free guide helps make labs greener

1 August 2016
Magazine-format eco guide from Anachem includes special offers on pipettes

A FREE guide to reducing the environmental impact of a laboratory has been produced by Anachem. The Eco News magazine includes tips on reducing laboratory plastic waste, such as...

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How to get gel and blot images at publication quality

29 July 2016
Smart Capture Technology from Aplegen means no more wrestling with low pixel counts

ONE common difficulty with automated gel and blot imaging systems is that of photographic resolution. Images are typically displayed on monitors at a standard resolution of 72 dot per...

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Tinted storage tubes maintain integrity of biological samples

28 July 2016
Amber sample tubes from Micronic protect biological samples from photodegradation

MANY biological samples are prone to photo degradation, where the action of light causes changes that can invalidate subsequent laboratory tests. Micronic says that its Amber polypropylene storage tubes...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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