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news33euMicroscopyandAnalysis | July/August 2017Thermo Fisher and KAUST open electron microscopy centreKing Abdullah University of Science and Technol-ogy (KAUST) and Thermo Fisher Scientific have opened the Electron Microscopy Center of Excel-lence at the KAUST campus in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.The centre includes a FEI Titan Themis Z scanning transmission electron microscope, described as the most advanced analytical transmission electron microscope commercially available to date and the first to be installed in the world. "By gaining access to the latest characterization techniques, hardware and software available on the market, KAUST will have the opportunity to advance scientific research in the areas of chemistry and catalyst research, nanoparticles and life sciences," says Michael Shafer, president, materials and structural analysis, Thermo Fisher. Materials scientists can use the Titan Themis Z to understand relationships between a material's larger-scale physical properties and its atomic-scale composition and structure.This system joins other highly advanced electron microscopy systems already installed at the centre, including sixteen electron microscopes from Thermo Fisher.The Center of Excellence is the first implementation in a strategy by KAUST to build long-term partnerships with major instrument suppliers.The university hopes it will serve as a model for future opportunities to provide state-of-the-art research facilities, training and services to KAUST users and collaborators across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.The Titan Themis Z STEM in the KAUST Core LabsULTRA PRECISE PIEZO-Z FOCUSING STAGEThe Ultra Precise Piezo-Z Stage is a perfect solution for your super resolution microscopy applications. The stage is capable of XY resolutions down to the 10-20 nm range and Z resolutions to the 1nm range. It is also capable for use with rapid z-sectioning and autofocus systems. It prevents focus drift when used with our CRISP system.APPLIED SCIENTIFICINSTRUMENTATION www.optophase.com info@optophase.comwww.micrasys.com info@micrasys.comwww.asiimaging.cominfo@asiimaging.com(800) 706-2284(541) 461-8181Precision in Motioncustom-made piezo positionerswww.piezosystem.com/ma

news34AMJuly/August 2017 | MicroscopyandAnalysisLeica has introduced the DMi8 S, described as a complete solution for fast, versatile microscopic imaging of living cells.The DMi8 S with LASX Navigator allows researchers to quickly create high resolution overviews of, for example, the whole mouse brain. This facilitates orientation on the sample and easy discovery of critical regions for further examination. "Live-cell imaging is the future in discoveries. Gaining insight on dynamic processes is key to understand the mechanisms, potential treatments and prevention of human diseases," says Markus Lusser, President of Leica Microsystems."These new DMi8 S developments have far reaching utility. Whether studying neuroscience, cancer, or immunology, researchers can use the DMi8 S to get elusive answers to their questions and find the links to our complex biology," he adds.DMi8 S is said to provide 5x more speed, and an increased viewing area up to 10,000x. This can be combined with the new photomanipulation scanner to activate, ablate, and bleach within one experiment.For super resolution and nanoscopy, the Infinity TIRF has been added allowing simultaneous multi-colour imaging with single molecule resolution.At the heart of the DMi8 S is a newly added Synapse real-time controller that enables users to get their data more quickly and gather finer time-resolved data.In addition the new LAS X Navigator is a powerful GPS style overview tool to visualize all types of samples including slides, dishes and multi well plates.Utilizing the modular Infinity Port architecture of the DMi8 S, Leica has added advanced fluorescence capabilities with the Infinity TIRF and the Infinity Scanner.With the Infinity TIRF module, researchers can execute simultaneous multicolor EPI, Hi-Lo and TIRF illumination as well as a high power illumination option for super resolution applications like GSD/ dSTORM and PALM.The Infinity Scanner photomanipulation module promises to give users an unprecedented multimodal ability to use the latest developments in photoactivatable and photo switchable fluorescent proteins.Researchers can now interact directly with and initiate events in living cells by performing a combination of tasks like photobleaching, photoconversion, optogenetics and ablation within a single experiment.Leica launches DMi8 S for live cell imaging mouse Tile scan image of mouse brain tissue with multi-colour immunofluorescent labelinDr. Wei Mo/Xiamen University, ChinaZeiss and The Salk Institute's Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center have joined forces to push the boundaries of imaging to new frontiers.Salk researchers will have access to Zeiss's latest optical technologies, prior to commercialisation, to provide feedback for future development.Researchers will collaborate with the company to optimise next-generation biological imaging experiments with alpha and beta versions of hardware and software for high-speed 4D fluorescence imaging, cryo-correlative fluorescence and electron microscopy, and more." This is a unique opportunity that gives Salk scientists a chance to not only benefit from Zeiss technology as it is being developed, but also to influence how the next generation of microscopes are designed," says Uri Manor, director of the Waitt Center and Salk staff scientist." This partnership enables us to have access to the latest imaging technology, and will have tremendous impact on our ability to visualize and better understand the workings of biology and disease," adds Elizabeth Blackburn, president of the Salk Institute.Zeiss and Salk Institute to drive microscopy forwardteam James Sharp, President Carl Zeiss Microscopy, Dr Uri Manor, Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Core Director, Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, President, Salk Institute and Jacob James, Managing Director, Waitt Foundation