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FEI announces image contest winners

On February 16, 2010, FEI invited owners and users of our instruments to submit their finest images for a chance to win two round-trip airline tickets to anywhere in the world. After six months and more than 250 images, FEI would like to congratulate Dr. Harald Plank of the Institute of Electron Microscopy, Austria, and Dr. Clifford Barnes of University of Ulster, United Kingdom for their prize-winning entries.

Aug 24th, 2010

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Visualizing viruses: new research pinpoints tiny invaders

In the war against infectious disease, identifying the culprit is half the battle. Now, research professor Shaopeng Wang and his colleagues from the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, describe a new method for visualizing individual virus particles. Their research opens the door to a more detailed understanding of these minute pathogens, and may further the study of a broad range of micro- and nanoscale phenomena.

Aug 24th, 2010

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New architectures of nano-brushes developed

Just as cilia lining the lungs help keep passages clear by moving particles along the tips of the tiny hair-structures, man-made miniscule bristles known as nano-brushes can help reduce friction along surfaces at the molecular level, among other things. In their latest series of experiments, Duke University engineers have developed a novel approach to synthesize these nano-brushes, which could improve their versatility in the future.

Aug 24th, 2010

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Princeton builds research ties with historically black universities

As an early career scientist, Max Fontus wondered how successful researchers repeatedly make discoveries worth publishing. Collaborating with a Princeton engineering professor this summer, he realized that working with scientists from other fields of research results in a cross-pollination of ideas that lays the foundation for great progress in science.

Aug 24th, 2010

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Mapping the structure of protonated water clusters

Water molecules are continuously forming short-lived networks called clusters. These can in turn bind positively charged protons, and such clusters can provide active functional groups in proteins. Using infrared spectroscopy, it is possible to determine the bond strengths, geometrical structures and chemical properties of protonated water clusters. In order to measure the spectrum of molecular vibrations in clusters it is, however, necessary to use other molecules as messengers.

Aug 24th, 2010

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Chad A. Mirkin to deliver Pittcon 2011 plenary lecture

The Pittcon Program Committee is pleased to announce that Dr.Chad A. Mirkin, Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, will deliver the Pittcon 2011 Plenary Lecture, 'Polyvalent DNA Architectures: New Modalities For Intracellular Gene Regulation and Detection' on Sunday, March 13, 2011, at 4:30 p.m., in the Sidney Marcus Auditorium, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia.

Aug 24th, 2010

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