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Chocolate physics: How modeling could improve 'mouthfeel'

27-Aug-2015

Lecithin plays a vital role in the production of chocolate and many other foods. It's never been clear how this ingredient works on a molecular level, and confectioners have relied on observational methods to perfect their recipes. Now, scientists have shown how the field of molecular dynamics ...

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Sperm navigation in 3D

21-Aug-2015

Scientists from the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar), an Institute of the Max Planck Society, discovered the principles of how sea urchin sperm navigate in their natural three-dimensional environment. Using photonic techniques, the scientists created chemical “landscapes” ...

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On the Track of Nanomaterials

Researchers pave the way for realistic risk assessment of nanomaterials in the environment

19-Aug-2015

A wide range of industrially synthesized nanomaterials are present in products we use daily and, in the meantime, are part of our everyday life. Due to their exceptional properties (e. g., increased UV-filtration or stronger adhesion) they are used in clothes, cosmetics, household goods and ...

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Mini X-ray source with laser light

18-Aug-2015

Physicists from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and the TU München have developed a method using laser-generated X-rays and phase-contrast X-ray tomography to produce three-dimensional images of soft tissue structures in organisms With laser light, ...

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Markus Lusser is new president of Leica Microsystems

13-Aug-2015

Markus Lusser is the new President and Director of Leica Microsystems, headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany. This appointment became effective July 1, 2015. He succeeds Andries Peter Jan van den Broek who has left the company. Before joining Leica Microsystems, Markus Lusser was Vice President ...

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Camera for the Nano-Cosmos

12-Aug-2015

To gain even deeper insights into the smallest of worlds, the thresholds of microscopy must be expanded further. Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the TU Dresden, in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, have succeeded in combining two established ...

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Microscopy Today Innovation Award for ZEISS microscope

07-Aug-2015

ZEISS MultiSEM 505 has been selected by a team of judges from Microscopy Today magazine as a recipient of the 2015 Microscopy Today Innovation Award.As the first multiple-beam scanning electron microscope (SEM) in the world, the system uses 61 beams simultaneously, and offers a capture speed of ...

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Watching a tumour grow in real-time

Researchers from the University of Freiburg have gained new insight into the phases of breast cancer growth

05-Aug-2015

The ability to visualize and characterize the composition of a tumour in detail during its development can provide valuable insights in order to target appropriate therapeutics. Researchers from the University of Freiburg have visualized and quantified the growth and composition of breast tumours ...

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Thomas Bachmann is new Chief Executive Officer of the Eppendorf Group

04-Aug-2015

Thomas Bachmann became Chief Executive Officer of the Eppendorf Group on August 1, 2015. Following the departure of Eppendorf's previous CEO, the company's Chief Financial Officer, Detmar Ammermann, had exercised the function of Spokesman of the Management Board on an interim basis in addition to ...

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Kiwi bird genome sequenced

28-Jul-2015

Researchers of the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have now sequenced the genetic code of this endangered species and have identified several sequence changes that underlie the kiwi’s adaptation to a nocturnal lifestyle: They found several genes ...

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