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5-Minute Sample Processing Enhances DNA Imaging and Analysis

April 8, 2019

JILA scientists have developed a fast, simple sample preparation method that enhances imaging of DNA to better analyze…
A microscope as a shovel? (Update)

February 1, 2019

Using a familiar tool in a way it was never intended to be used opens up a whole…
A Microscope as a Shovel? Researchers Dig It

January 29, 2019

Using a familiar tool in a way it was never intended to be used opens up a whole…
The Shape in Water: First Nanometer-Scale Measurements of the Folded Structure of Biomolecules in Liquids

July 24, 2018

NIST-developed method could provide new insights into Alzheimer’s and other diseases. Tinkering with a method they helped develop…
Atomic Force Microscopy: The Big Impact of Small Forces

January 9, 2018

Recent scientific advancements involving atomic force microscopy allows scientists to directly quantify the physical forces between mineral faces.…
NIST Researchers Revolutionize the Atomic Force Microscope

September 13, 2017

Most measuring instruments are limited by the tradeoff between how precisely and how rapidly a measurement is made:…
Light provides pull for future nanocatalyst measurement

December 15, 2016

Rice University nanophotonics researcher Isabell Thomann uses lasers, light-activated materials and light-measuring nanoscale tips to push the boundaries…
Atomic force microscope reveals chemical ghosts

May 10, 2016

To the surprise of chemists, a new technique for taking snapshots of molecules with atomic precision is turning…
New ORNL hybrid microscope offers unparalleled capabilities

August 11, 2015

A microscope being developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will allow scientists studying biological…
Researchers probe chemistry, topography and mechanics with one instrument

May 6, 2015

The probe of an atomic force microscope (AFM) scans a surface to reveal details at a resolution 1,000…
Detecting extraterrestrial life using mechanical nanosensors

December 30, 2014

Looking for life on other planets is not straightforward. It usually relies on chemical detection, which might be…
ORNL microscopy pencils patterns in polymers at the nanoscale

December 19, 2014

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used advanced microscopy to carve out nanoscale…
NIST Sensor Could Improve One of Nano Research’s Most Useful Microscopes

December 17, 2014

Spotting molecule-sized features—common in computer circuits and nanoscale devices—may become both easier and more accurate with a sensor…
Van der Waals force re-measured: Physicists verify nonlinear increase with growing molecular size

November 26, 2014

Van der Waals forces act like a sort of quantum glue on all types of matter. Using a…
Microrobots armed with new force-sensing system to probe cells

October 14, 2014

Inexpensive microrobots capable of probing and manipulating individual cells and tissue for biological research and medical applications are…
Measuring Absorption Maps and Spectra of Plasmonic Resonators with Nanoscale Resolution

September 11, 2014

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) and the University of Maryland have for the first time used…
Laser makes microscopes way cooler

August 18, 2014

Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic-force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of…
Smallest Swiss cross—made of 20 single atoms

July 15, 2014

The manipulation of atoms has reached a new level: Together with teams from Finland and Japan, physicists from…
‘Nano-pixels’ promise thin, flexible, high resolution displays

July 10, 2014

A new discovery will make it possible to create pixels just a few hundred nanometres across that could…
AFM Systems Take a Tip from Nanowires

May 30, 2014

In response to requests from the semiconductor industry,* a team of PML researchers has demonstrated that atomic force…
Berkeley Lab Develops Nanoscope to Probe Chemistry on the Molecular Scale

May 9, 2014

For years, scientists have had an itch they couldn’t scratch. Even with the best microscopes and spectrometers, it’s…
No Compromises: JILA’s Short, Flexible, Reusable AFM Probe

April 10, 2014

JILA researchers have engineered a short, flexible, reusable probe for the atomic force microscope (AFM) that enables state-of-the-art…
Microscopic fountain pen to be used as a chemical sensor

January 16, 2014

The Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), which uses a fine-tipped probe to scan surfaces at the atomic scale, will…
Team unveils carbon nanotube jungles to better detect molecules

November 7, 2013

The top view of the jungle canopy (zoom in for best case: hafnium thickness of 2.5nanometers and gold…
Chemistry researchers closing in on new atomic force microscope

July 2, 2013

A high-power atomic force microscope that could revolutionize the study of materials at high temperatures and pressures is…
New imaging technology could reveal cellular secrets

April 26, 2013

Researchers have married two biological imaging technologies, creating a new way to learn how good cells go bad.…
Scientists measure near-field behavior of semiconductor plasmonic microparticles

April 23, 2013

Recent progress in the engineering of plasmonic structures has enabled new kinds of nanometer-scale optoelectronic devices as well…
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