Category: microscope

Photometer measures reflectance, transmittance, or fluorescence

A VERSATILE new microscope photometer from Craic Technologies can tackle sample analysis across scientific disciplines as diverse as geology and biology, thanks to its ability to measure reflectance, transmittance, or fluorescence photometric values from microscopic sample areas. The Craic MP-2…

‘Mouse-ear’ rotifer wins Olympus imaging prize

THE 2011 Olympus BioScapes digital imaging competition has been won by an image of a rotifer, a microscopic aquatic creature, bearing a comic resemblance to a cartoon mouse. Taken by Charles Krebs using high-speed flash to freeze the motion of…

Trinocular microscopes now have LED lighting

A NEW model in the Magnum range of trinocular microscopes from Medline Scientific uses an LED light source instead of the conventional HBO lamp. Suited to use for epi-fluorescence studies, the Magnum EF LED offers instant power-on and power-off, needing…

New standards for optical metrology

NEW good practice guidelines and calibration standards in optical metrology are being developed by a team at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) led by principal research scientist Professor Richard Leach. Presenting preliminary data at the 10th International Symposium on…

Insect photomicrograph wins Nikon prize

THE 2011 Nikon Small World photomicrography competition has been won by this startling image of a Common Green Lacewing, taken by Dr Igor Siwanowicz of Wisconsin, USA. The judges praised the photograph for “demonstrating the beauty in ‘ugly”. When the…

Bigger slides mean more pathology data

THE STANDARD microscope slide of 26 x 76mm (1 x 3 inch) is a familiar sight in labs worldwide. The double slide, measuring 52 x 76mm, is used in some procedures including pathology, specifically when larger samples need to be…

How to detect and identify protein aggregates

A NEW application note from Fluid Imaging Technologies, Detection of protein aggregates in parenteral drug formulations, reveals the main challenges facing drug manufacturers in accurately detecting, counting and identifying protein aggregates. Among the concerns discussed, it mentions the time and…

The right light for microscopy

ACCURATELY rendered colours in microscope images should be something microscopists can take for granted, but of course much depends on the light source and the filters deployed. Olympus says it has improved on the current technology with its new true…