Optical scanning larger areas at 10-30 nanometer resolution (7 to 20 times better)

The German team that developed the stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscope stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscope is reporting layer-by-layer light microscopic nanoscale images of cells and without having to prepare thin sections with a technique called optical 3D far-field microscopy. They use a chemical marker for fluorescence nanoscopy that relies on single-molecule photoswitching. They report …

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Stem cell treatment of diabetics looks promising

A combination of stem cells derived from patients’ blood and immunosuppression to eliminate a faulty immune system can help keep newly diagnosed diabetics off insulin, according to a preliminary study. In the study, carried out by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil, and Northwestern University, in Chicago, patients newly diagnosed with Type …

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Possible New state of matter could be useful for Quantum computing

Xiao-Gang Wen at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Michael Levin at Harvard University have come up with a prediction for a new state of matter (string-net liquid) and even a tantalising picture of the nature of space-time itself. Herbertsmithite could be the new silicon – the building block for quantum computers. In theory, quantum …

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Breakthroughs in electronics warfare may deploy in 2 years

An advanced concept, pioneered by BAE Systems’ researchers, uses light to multiply the speed and power at which HPM (High Power Microwave) pulses–powerful enough to destroy enemy electronics–can be produced without the need for explosives or huge electrical generators. This is part of revolutionary breakthrough in electronics warfare capability that will occur over the next …

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