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Immune system of plants: It works differently than expected

18-Jul-2019 What happens at the molecular level when plants defend against invading pathogens? Previously it was assumed that the processes were roughly the same in all plants. However, this is not true, as a team of biologists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) has demonstrated in a ... more

First trade fair in the analytica network in Africa

Successful premiere for analytica Lab Africa

17-Jul-2019 The first analytica Lab Africa took place from July 09 to 11, 2019, at the Gallagher Convention Center in Johannesburg: 148 exhibitors from 15 countries presented their tailor-made solutions from laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics for the African market. analytic ... more

Blood samples from the zoo help predict diseases in humans

17-Jul-2019 Penguins, Asian elephants and many other animal species live in the zoos of Saarbrücken and Neunkirchen. As they come from different continents, blood is regularly taken from the animals to check their health. These blood samples have now been used by bioinformaticians and human geneticists ... more

How multicellular cyanobacteria transport molecules

16-Jul-2019 Researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Tübingen have taken a high-resolution look at the structure and function of cell-to-cell connections in filamentous, multicellular cyanobacteria. This enables them to explain how these microorganisms regulate the transport of various substan ... more

Caught in the act: Images capture molecular motions in real time

15-Jul-2019 Researchers have used ultra-high-speed x-ray pulses to make a high-resolution "movie" of a molecule undergoing structural motions. The research, published in Nature Chemistry, reveals the dynamics of the processes in unprecedented detail -- capturing the excitation of a single electron in t ... more

Researchers visualize the battle between virus and host cells at the single-cell level

An innovative method identifies newly activated genes within individual cells

12-Jul-2019 Cells are equipped with multiple defense mechanisms to fight off intruders. Genes encode the building blocks of the response that must be activated during an enemy attack in an ordered manner. Scientists at the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) in Würzburg, one of ... more

Keeping a cell’s powerhouse in shape

12-Jul-2019 A German-Swiss team around Professor Oliver Daumke from the MDC has investigated how a protein of the dynamin family deforms the inner mitochondrial membrane. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of our cells, generating energy in the form of chemical compounds such as ATP. To do this job effec ... more

Testing chemicals without animal testing on rodents

Replacement method with locusts to test whether chemicals cause neurological developmental disorders in children

11-Jul-2019 In recent years, the number of neurological developmental disorders in children has increased. Epidemiological data suggest that lifestyle factors and chemicals used in our environment contribute to this. Scientists from the Institute of Physiology and Cell Biology at the University of Vete ... more

On the way to nanotheranostics

10-Jul-2019 Theranostics is an emerging field of medicine whose name is a combination of "therapeutics" and "diagnostics". The idea behind theranostics is to combine drugs and/or techniques to simultaneously - or sequentially - diagnose and treat medical conditions, and also monitor the response of the ... more

Molecular energy machine as a movie star

09-Jul-2019 Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have used the Swiss Light Source SLS to record a molecular energy machine in action and thus to reveal how energy production at cell membranes works. For this purpose they developed a new investigative method that could make the analysis of cel ... more

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First trade fair in the analytica network in Africa

Successful premiere for analytica Lab Africa

17-Jul-2019 The first analytica Lab Africa took place from July 09 to 11, 2019, at the Gallagher Convention Center in Johannesburg: 148 exhibitors from 15 countries presented their tailor-made solutions from laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics for the African market. analytic ... more

How multicellular cyanobacteria transport molecules

16-Jul-2019 Researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Tübingen have taken a high-resolution look at the structure and function of cell-to-cell connections in filamentous, multicellular cyanobacteria. This enables them to explain how these microorganisms regulate the transport of various substan ... more

Caught in the act: Images capture molecular motions in real time

15-Jul-2019 Researchers have used ultra-high-speed x-ray pulses to make a high-resolution "movie" of a molecule undergoing structural motions. The research, published in Nature Chemistry, reveals the dynamics of the processes in unprecedented detail -- capturing the excitation of a single electron in t ... more

Testing chemicals without animal testing on rodents

Replacement method with locusts to test whether chemicals cause neurological developmental disorders in children

11-Jul-2019 In recent years, the number of neurological developmental disorders in children has increased. Epidemiological data suggest that lifestyle factors and chemicals used in our environment contribute to this. Scientists from the Institute of Physiology and Cell Biology at the University of Vete ... more

Molecular energy machine as a movie star

09-Jul-2019 Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have used the Swiss Light Source SLS to record a molecular energy machine in action and thus to reveal how energy production at cell membranes works. For this purpose they developed a new investigative method that could make the analysis of cel ... more

New chemical tools to modify and study biomolecules

08-Jul-2019 Understanding the structure and metabolism of cells and living organisms is essential for the development of new drugs and diagnostics. The availability of chemical tools that allow scientists to edit biomolecules, like proteins, with atom-level resolution have greatly contributed to the pr ... more

Redefining the Limits of Measurement Accuracy

Researchers develop more sensitive quantum sensors

03-Jul-2019 For centuries, humans have been expanding their understanding of the world through more and more precise measurement of light and matter. Today, quantum sensors achieve extremely accurate results. An example of this is the development of atomic clocks, which are expected to neither gain nor ... more

World's smallest MRI performed on single atoms

Magnetic Resonance Imaging enables to scan the magnetic field of single atoms with unprecedented resolution

03-Jul-2019 Researchers at the Center for Quantum Nanoscience (QNS) within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) at Ewha Womans University have made a major scientific breakthrough by performing the world's smallest magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In an international collaboration with colleagues fro ... more

X-ray imaging provides clues to fracture in solid-state batteries

02-Jul-2019 Solid-state batteries - a new battery design that uses all solid components - have gained attention in recent years because of their potential to hold much more energy while simultaneously avoiding the safety challenges of their liquid-based counterparts. But building a long-lasting solid-s ... more

Researchers examine 'living' nanomaterials for first time

New technology gives insight into how nanomaterials form and grow

01-Jul-2019 A new form of electron microscopy allows researchers to examine nanoscale tubular materials while they are "alive" and forming liquids -- a first in the field. Developed by a multidisciplinary team at Northwestern University and the University of Tennessee, the new technique, called variabl ... more

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Testing chemicals without animal testing on rodents

Replacement method with locusts to test whether chemicals cause neurological developmental disorders in children

11-Jul-2019 In recent years, the number of neurological developmental disorders in children has increased. Epidemiological data suggest that lifestyle factors and chemicals used in our environment contribute to this. Scientists from the Institute of Physiology and Cell Biology at the University of Vete ... more

X-ray imaging provides clues to fracture in solid-state batteries

02-Jul-2019 Solid-state batteries - a new battery design that uses all solid components - have gained attention in recent years because of their potential to hold much more energy while simultaneously avoiding the safety challenges of their liquid-based counterparts. But building a long-lasting solid-s ... more

Researchers examine 'living' nanomaterials for first time

New technology gives insight into how nanomaterials form and grow

01-Jul-2019 A new form of electron microscopy allows researchers to examine nanoscale tubular materials while they are "alive" and forming liquids -- a first in the field. Developed by a multidisciplinary team at Northwestern University and the University of Tennessee, the new technique, called variabl ... more

Real-time analysis of MOF adsorption behavior

24-Jun-2019 Researchers have developed a technology to analyze the adsorption behavior of molecules in each individual pore of a metal organic framework (MOF). This system has large specific surface areas, allowing for the real-time observation of the adsorption process of an MOF, a new material effect ... more

Fiber-optic probe can see molecular bonds

Pointing the new nanoscopy tool like a Harry Potter wand reveals a high-resolution image of molecules

12-Jun-2019 In "Avengers: Endgame," Tony Stark warned Scott Lang that sending him into the quantum realm and bringing him back would be a "billion-to-one cosmic fluke." In reality, shrinking a light beam to a nanometer-sized point to spy on quantum-scale light-matter interactions and retrieving the inf ... more

Good vibrations: Using piezoelectricity to ensure hydrogen sensor sensitivity

24-May-2019 A team at Osaka University has invented a new process for creating high-precision sensing devices that respond to the presence of hydrogen gas. By carefully controlling the deposition of metallic nanoparticles on a silicon surface, the researchers were able to create a sensor that can detec ... more

The geometry of an electron determined for the first time

23-May-2019 Physicists at the University of Basel are able to show for the first time how a single electron looks in an artificial atom. A newly developed method enables them to show the probability of an electron being present in a space. This allows improved control of electron spins, which could ser ... more

Nanometre gaps can crystallise liquids

X-ray examination shows surprising coexistence of liquid and crystalline form

14-May-2019 Very narrow gaps make liquids crystallise partially. X-ray investigations at DESY show that in gaps just a few molecule diameters wide both, liquid and crystal properties of a material can exist at the same time. The observation of this coexistence is important for all liquids in very small ... more

3D tomographic imagery reveals how lithium batteries age

09-May-2019 Lithium batteries lose amp-hour capacity over time. Microstructures can form on the electrodes with each new charge cycle, which further reduces battery capacity. Now an HZB team together with battery researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, the University of Munster, and partners in Chin ... more

Monitoring the lifecycle of tiny catalyst nanoparticles

06-May-2019 Since they are so tiny, it is difficult to investigate single nanoparticles. However, this is exactly what researchers are aiming for in order to tailor their properties. A novel approach: particle at the stick. Nanoparticles can be used in many ways as catalysts. To be able to tailor them ... more

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How to program materials

Predict the properties of composite materials

23-May-2019 Can the properties of composite materials be predicted? Empa scientists have mastered this feat and thus can help achieve research objectives faster. This leads, for instance, to better recycling techniques and electrically conductive synthetic materials for the solar industry. Ali Gooneie ... more

Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution

18-Feb-2019 While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, according to a Penn State materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibers to so ... more

Study fails to link phthalates and increased breast cancer risk

Epidemiologist says more research is needed looking at younger women

15-Feb-2019 In the largest study to date on phthalates and postmenopausal breast cancer, a University of Massachusetts Amherst cancer epidemiology researcher found no association between breast cancer risk and exposure to the plasticizing and solvent chemicals used in such common products as shampoo, m ... more

New light shed on intensely studied material

21-Jan-2019 The organic polymer PEDOT is probably one of the world's most intensely studied materials. Despite this, researchers at Linköping University have now demonstrated that the material functions in a completely different manner than previously believed. The result has huge significance in many ... more

New flexible, transparent, wearable biopatch, improves cellular observation, drug delivery

Minimally invasive patch delivers exact doses directly into cells, lessens pain, toxicity

12-Nov-2018 Purdue University researchers have developed a new flexible and translucent base for silicon nanoneedle patches to deliver exact doses of biomolecules directly into cells and expand observational opportunities."This means that eight or nine silicon nanoneedles can be injected into a single ... more

New method measures 3D polymer processing precisely

11-Oct-2018 Recipes for three-dimensional (3D) printing, or additive manufacturing, of parts have required as much guesswork as science. Until now.  Resins and other materials that react under light to form polymers, or long chains of molecules, are attractive for 3D printing of parts ranging from arch ... more

Biological signalling processes in intelligent materials

Innovative biohybrid systems with information processing functionality

20-Jul-2018 Scientists from the University of Freiburg have developed materials systems that are composed of biological components and polymer materials and are capable of perceiving and processing information. These biohybrid systems were engineered to perform certain functions, such as the counting s ... more

Low-cost plastic sensors could monitor a range of health conditions

27-Jun-2018 An international team of researchers have developed a low-cost sensor made from semiconducting plastic that can be used to diagnose or monitor a wide range of health conditions, such as surgical complications or neurodegenerative diseases. The sensor can measure the amount of critical metab ... more

What the Smell Can Tell

The degradation status of modern polymeric museum artifacts can be classified by their smell

08-Mar-2018 Breath analysis in disease diagnostics is a promising research field, and the advances in instrumentation allows the accurate detection of metabolites. But not only the health status of patients, but also the preservation status of museum artifacts could be monitored. Heritage science resea ... more

Precisely controlling plastic particles

Physicists find unusual colloids

02-Mar-2018 Physicists at the University of Bayreuth have discovered plastic particles that enable the movements of individual particles to be observed without interruption and to be precisely controlled. New microchips which are only a few tenths of a millimetre in size and which are capable of provid ... more

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First trade fair in the analytica network in Africa

Successful premiere for analytica Lab Africa

17-Jul-2019 The first analytica Lab Africa took place from July 09 to 11, 2019, at the Gallagher Convention Center in Johannesburg: 148 exhibitors from 15 countries presented their tailor-made solutions from laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics for the African market. analytic ... more

Merck and Rigaku Form Partnership to Develop Novel Molecular Structure Analysis Technology

11-Jun-2019 Merck and Rigaku Corp., Tokyo, Japan, have signed a joint development agreement to develop lab consumables based on crystalline sponge technology, which determines the absolute chemical structure of organic molecules and enables X-ray crystallography without crystallization of the analyte. ... more

Tecan successfully completes the acquisition of supplier of key parts

04-Jun-2019 The Tecan Group announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of a supplier of key parts. On March 22, 2019, Tecan announced the acquisition of a long-term supplier to vertically integrate the manufacturing of critical precision-machined parts. With two manufacturing sites, o ... more

Lab Notebook learns to communicate with laboratory devices

labfolder acquires cubuslab and becomes Labforward

23-May-2019 labfolder GmbH, a electronic laboratory notebook (ELN, Electronic Lab Notebook) provider, and cubuslab GmbH, a provider of a manufacturer-independent platform for the digital integration of laboratory instruments, today announced their merger. The joint company will operate under the name L ... more

Sartorius starts off fiscal 2019 with a strong first quarter

18-Apr-2019 Sartorius started off fiscal 2019 with substantial double-digit growth in order intake, sales revenue and earnings. Consolidated first-quarter sales revenue rose in constant currencies by 16.8% to 435.7 million  reported: 19.4%); order intake increased 16.6% to 482.8 million euros (reported ... more

Successful restart at Köttermann

15-Apr-2019 After major changes during the last year, the New Year began with a restart for KÖTTERMANN. The assets of the insolvent Köttermann GmbH & Co KG Labortechnik were acquired on December 1, 2018 by the BLOCK® Group, an international leader in clean room solutions. KÖTTERMANN´s business operatio ... more

analytica Vietnam continues to grow in terms of exhibitors, space and visitors

12-Apr-2019 analytica Vietnam 2019, which took place in Ho Chi Minh City from April 3 to 5, provided a twofold cause for celebration: The country's most important industry platform for laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics, celebrated its tenth anniversary, marking the most suc ... more

Are Drones Coming to Life Science Labs?

Are You Ready for Lab Samples to be Delivered by Drones?

02-Apr-2019 Hudson Robotics, Inc. announced a collaboration with Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) to bring drone technology to life science laboratories for sample handling. Specifically, microplates containing samples or reagents will be delivered directly to instruments and automated workcells to perform ... more

New base at the heart of science and industry

LUMITOS AG now calls Germany's largest science and technology park in Berlin-Adlershof its home

04-Mar-2019 At the beginning of the year, LUMITOS AG also physically moved closer to its customer base: the provider of B2B online media and online marketing services for the chemical, life science, laboratory, pharmaceutical, analytics, food and beverage industries relocated its headquarters to the Sc ... more

Thomas Heydler appointed to the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG

22-Feb-2019 Thomas Heydler has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG since January 25, 2019. He succeeds Dr. Michael Schroeder, who resigned for personal reasons. "With Thomas Heydler, we have succeeded in gaining another very experienced manager for the Eppendorf Supervisory Board. We ... more

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ZEISS Innovations Help Achieve Strong Growth

08-May-2019 The ZEISS Group had a successful end to the first six months of fiscal year 2018/19 (ended 31 March 2019) and saw its revenue rise by 9 percent to EUR 3.019 billion (1st six months of 2017/18: EUR 2.773 billion). 90 percent of this sum was generated by markets outside Germany. At EUR 443 mi ... more

Wyatt acquires german FFF manufacturer Superon

Business units to be relocated to California

16-Oct-2018 Wyatt Technology announced that it has completed the acquisition of Superon GmbH, a manufacturer of Field Flow Fractionation (FFF) systems. Production, research and product development has been transferred to Wyatt’s Santa Barbara, CA headquarters which will enable the company to further en ... more

New method measures 3D polymer processing precisely

11-Oct-2018 Recipes for three-dimensional (3D) printing, or additive manufacturing, of parts have required as much guesswork as science. Until now.  Resins and other materials that react under light to form polymers, or long chains of molecules, are attractive for 3D printing of parts ranging from arch ... more

ZEISS: High-Tech Drives Growth

Medical technology and industrial metrology business still on track for growth

18-May-2018 The first six months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended 31 March 2018) were successful for the ZEISS Group and saw its revenue rise by 9 percent to EUR 2.773 billion (1st six months of 2016/17: EUR 2.550 billion), and as much as 13 percent after adjustments for currency effects. At EUR 380 milli ... more

Real-time layer thickness measurement with terahertz

18-Apr-2018 Terahertz is a key technology for non-destructive material testing. Major advantages are examinations without physical contact and the analysis of complex systems with a low contrast range, in which established methods like ultrasonic usually fail. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HH ... more

New alliance between machine building and IT for Industrie 4.0

World market leaders combine strengths in ADAMOS

06-Sep-2017 Through the joint venture ADAMOS (ADAptive Manufacturing Open Solutions), DMG MORI, Dürr, Software AG and ZEISS as well as ASM PT are establishing a strategic alliance for the future topics of Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Germany’s first alliance of well-known ... more

Smart tomographic sensors control industrial processes of tomorrow

HZDR coordinates European Doctoral Training Network TOMOCON

01-Sep-2017 Modern parallel computer architectures are capable of processing huge amounts of data at high speed. This allows for the increasing use of imaging techniques as sensors to control machines and process plants. In the new European collaborative project TOMOCON twelve research institutions and ... more

LAUDA appoints Dr. Ralf Hermann as the new General Manager Constant temperature equipment

20-Jun-2017 Dr. Ralf Hermann started work as the new General Manager Constant temperature equipment on June 1, 2017 at LAUDA. With his extensive experience and comprehensive specialized knowledge gained from many years in a managerial capacity at Eppendorf AG, as well as his PhD in biology, he will con ... more

CTO Dr. Attila Bilgic new member of the KROHNE Group Management

28-Feb-2017 Effective January 1st, 2017, the Advisory Board of the KROHNE Group has appointed Dr.-Ing. Attila Bilgic Managing Director of Ludwig KROHNE GmbH & Co KG. He assumes global responsibility for research and development and extends the managing board of the KROHNE Group alongside Michael Radema ... more

A protein showcases modern measuring and control technology

A dual sensing protein establishes robust control of calcium household in bacteria

22-Jun-2016 Modern heating systems use an indoor and an outdoor sensor in order to efficiently achieve homely temperatures. Now a team of scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) discovered exactly such a dual sensor strategy realized ... more

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Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution

18-Feb-2019 While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, according to a Penn State materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibers to so ... more

Cross-species cancer comparison uncovers new drug targets

Drug targets for a form of melanoma from genetic mutations found in humans, dogs and horses

13-Feb-2019 New drug targets for a rare form of melanoma may result from the discovery of similar genetic mutations found in humans, dogs and horses under a first-ever tri-species DNA sequencing study involving a University of Guelph researcher. Melanoma is a cancer that most commonly occurs in the ski ... more

New 'chemical noses' to rid the environment of industrial pollutants

11-Feb-2019 Scientists from five European countries have joined forces to develop next-generation 'chemical noses' to remove industrial pollutants from the environment. The European Commission allocated 2.9 million euros to finance the Horizon2020 FET-OPEN project INITIO that will bring together resear ... more

Broadband achromatic metalens focuses light regardless of polarization

New design doubles the efficiency of the metalens

23-Jan-2019 We live in a polarized world. No, we aren't talking about politics -- we're talking about light. Much of the light we see and use is partially polarized, meaning its electric field vibrates in specific directions. Lenses designed to work across a range of applications, from phone cameras to ... more

Classic double-slit experiment in a new light

New X-ray spectroscopy method based on the classical double-slit experiment

22-Jan-2019 An international research team led by physicists from Collaborative Research Centre 1238, 'Control and Dynamics of Quantum Materials' at the University of Cologne has implemented a new variant of the basic double-slit experiment using resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at the European Sync ... more

New light shed on intensely studied material

21-Jan-2019 The organic polymer PEDOT is probably one of the world's most intensely studied materials. Despite this, researchers at Linköping University have now demonstrated that the material functions in a completely different manner than previously believed. The result has huge significance in many ... more

Powerful X-ray beams unlock secrets of nanoscale crystal formation

Technique allowed continuous study of cobalt nanoparticles as they grew

09-Jan-2019 High-energy X-ray beams and a clever experimental setup allowed researchers to watch a high-pressure, high-temperature chemical reaction to determine for the first time what controls formation of two different nanoscale crystalline structures in the metal cobalt. The technique allowed conti ... more

PerkinElmer appoints President & Chief Operating Officer

12-Dec-2018 PerkinElmer announced that its board of directors has named Prahlad Singh president and chief operating officer, effective January 1, 2019. In his expanded position, Dr. Singh will have responsibility for both the Discovery and Analytical Solutions (DAS) and Diagnostics operating divisions ... more

Using graphene to detect ALS, other neurodegenerative diseases

06-Dec-2018 The wonders of graphene are numerous -- it can enable flexible electronic components, enhance solar cell capacity, filter the finest subatomic particles and revolutionize batteries. Now, the "supermaterial" may one day be used to test for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS -- a progressi ... more

Light triggers gold in unexpected way

Mechanism to control output of a nanoscale antenna

04-Dec-2018 Rice University researchers have discovered a fundamentally different form of light-matter interaction in their experiments with gold nanoparticles. They weren't looking for it, but students in the lab of Rice chemist Stephan Link found that exciting the microscopic particles just right pro ... more

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    First trade fair in the analytica network in Africa

    Successful premiere for analytica Lab Africa

    17-Jul-2019 The first analytica Lab Africa took place from July 09 to 11, 2019, at the Gallagher Convention Center in Johannesburg: 148 exhibitors from 15 countries presented their tailor-made solutions from laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics for the African market. analytic ... more

    Confocal.nl receive Dutch Academic Startup award

    20-Jun-2019 Technology innovators in super-resolution microscopy, Amsterdam-based Confocal.nl, have been selected as one of ten winners of the Academic Startup Competition in the Netherlands, an initiative of the Association of Universities (VSNU), the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation ( ... more

    Tecan successfully completes the acquisition of supplier of key parts

    04-Jun-2019 The Tecan Group announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of a supplier of key parts. On March 22, 2019, Tecan announced the acquisition of a long-term supplier to vertically integrate the manufacturing of critical precision-machined parts. With two manufacturing sites, o ... more

  • Career

    KNAUER among the top one percent of employers in Germany

    28-Feb-2019 In the study "Leading Employers Germany 2019", the Berlin-based manufacturer of high-tech laboratory measuring instruments KNAUER was ranked as one of the best employers for the second time. This makes KNAUER one of the companies with the best ratings in an independent meta-study conducted ... more

    Michael Schreiber becomes second Managing Director of LUMITOS

    The internationally experienced marketing executive joins LUMITOS from Mettler-Toledo

    06-Apr-2018 As of 1 April, Michael Schreiber co-heads the Berlin-based company LUMITOS. The marketing expert with a natural science PhD joins Stefan Knecht as a second Managing Director of Europe's market-leading provider of B2B portals in the chemical, life science, lab equipment, pharmaceutical, anal ... more

    Tracking Down Genetic Influences on Brain Disorders

    28-Nov-2017 New findings will help to identify the genetic causes of brain disorders: researchers at the Universities of Basel, Bonn and Cologne have presented a systematic catalog of specific variable locations in the genome that influence gene activity in the human hippocampus. Individual differences ... more

  • Cooperation

    Merck and Rigaku Form Partnership to Develop Novel Molecular Structure Analysis Technology

    11-Jun-2019 Merck and Rigaku Corp., Tokyo, Japan, have signed a joint development agreement to develop lab consumables based on crystalline sponge technology, which determines the absolute chemical structure of organic molecules and enables X-ray crystallography without crystallization of the analyte. ... more

    DKSH and Bruker AXS strengthen partnership in China

    10-Apr-2019 DKSH Business Unit Technology and Bruker AXS have signed an exclusive distribution agreement in China. DKSH will drive sales for Bruker’s energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence benchtop spectrometers for elemental analysis. This agreement is an extension of the business partnership between th ... more

    Are Drones Coming to Life Science Labs?

    Are You Ready for Lab Samples to be Delivered by Drones?

    02-Apr-2019 Hudson Robotics, Inc. announced a collaboration with Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) to bring drone technology to life science laboratories for sample handling. Specifically, microplates containing samples or reagents will be delivered directly to instruments and automated workcells to perform ... more

  • Finances

    Novel test for the earlier detection of multiple cancers

    Thrive Launches with $110 Million Series A Financing

    19-Jun-2019 Thrive Earlier Detection Corp., a company dedicated to incorporating earlier cancer detection into routine medical care, launched with $110 million in a Series A financing. Thrive will further advance and commercialize CancerSEEK, a liquid biopsy test designed to detect multiple cancer type ... more

    Osteolabs GmbH successfully closes seed financing round

    18-Jun-2019 Osteolabs GmbH announced the successful closing of its seed financing round with contributions by Seed und Start-Up Fonds II of MBG (Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft) Kiel (Germany), Laboratory MVZ Dr. Krause und Kollegen (Kiel, Germany) and two life sciences related business angel ... more

    Disruptive 2D mass spectrometry spin-out secures seed investment

    18-Jun-2019 Verdel Instruments Ltd - a spin-out company of the University of Warwick UK – has developed new disruptive two-dimensional mass spectrometry (2DMS) technology and raised seed investment of over £230,000 from Longwall Ventures and Innovate UK. Designed by world-leading researchers, this is t ... more

  • Laws

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

    Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

    15-Jan-2019 A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ... more

    Carl Zeiss Meditec AG wins patent infringement action on trifocal intraocular lens

    29-Mar-2017 The patent protects a special aphakic intraocular lens (IOL), with which light can be focused on three focal points (near, intermediate and distance vision). The patented trifocal lens reduces the impact of pupil shrinkage and lens eccentricity. VSY Biotechnology BV and its exclusive suppli ... more

    How good is the measurement method?

    Three more interlaboratory tests on safety of chemicals

    29-Nov-2016 The causes of accidents can be diverse, whether it is an explosion in a chemical plant or a fire on a dangerous goods freighter. Prevention starts in the laboratory where chemicals are tested for their hazardous properties. Safety experts, haulage contractors or traders must be able to rely ... more

  • Manufacturing

    Clariant enhances capabilities at Clinton, Oklahoma

    Inaugural event sees opening of state-of-the art laboratory to support customer growth

    28-Jun-2018 Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will be hosting a Grand Opening Event for their new facilities based in Clinton, Oklahoma, today. The site, for which Clariant has made a significant investment, is a strategic location to support the growing oil and gas industry within the M ... more

    Reaction calorimetry in microreactors

    12-Jun-2018 At Achema 2018 the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology will demonstrate the latest gen-eration of continuous reaction calorimeters. These permit rapid screening of thermokinetic data, making kinetic constants and safety-relevant data available in the early stages of process develop ... more

    Inspectors find phthalates in toys and asbestos in second-hand products

    Hundreds of consumer products with illegal amounts of restricted chemicals

    13-Feb-2018 The project report shows a relatively high number of products on the European market containing chemicals that are restricted under REACH. Inspectors in 27 European countries checked 1 009 mixtures, 4 599 articles and 17 substances. Overall, out of 5 625 targeted product checks, 18 % did no ... more

  • Market

    SOPAT GmbH and Malvern Panalytical announce a distribution agreement for US market

    09-Oct-2018 SOPAT GmbH announced a distribution agreement with Malvern Panalytical. Malvern Panalytical is now the exclusive distributor for a complete range of SOPAT photo-optical image analysis instrumentation and software in the United States of America. “We are thrilled to be working together with ... more

    Clariant enhances capabilities at Clinton, Oklahoma

    Inaugural event sees opening of state-of-the art laboratory to support customer growth

    28-Jun-2018 Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will be hosting a Grand Opening Event for their new facilities based in Clinton, Oklahoma, today. The site, for which Clariant has made a significant investment, is a strategic location to support the growing oil and gas industry within the M ... more

    Eurofins acquires German pharma quality service company

    09-May-2018 Eurofins Scientific announces that it has signed an exclusive agreement to acquire PHAST Gesellschaft für Pharmazeutische Qualitätsstandards mbH (“PHAST”), one of Europe’s leading service providers in the field of pharmaceutical products quality. The transaction is expected to close in the ... more

  • People

    Detecting cancer before it spreads

    Patrizia Paterlini-Bréchot named European Inventor Award 2019 finalist

    10-May-2019 The European Patent Office (EPO) announces that cancer researcher Patrizia Paterlini-Bréchot has been nominated as one of three finalists for the European Inventor Award 2019 in the category "Research" for developing a blood filtering technology for the early detection of cancer. Her inven ... more

    Honouring the inventor who brought single atoms into focus

    Maximilian Haider named European Inventor Award 2019 finalist

    09-May-2019 The European Patent Office (EPO) announces that Austrian experimental physicist and entrepreneur Maximilian Haider has been nominated for the European Inventor Award 2019 as one of three finalists in the category "Lifetime achievement" for his pioneering technique to improve the resolution ... more

    Screening proteins to expose early signs of illness

    Matthias Mann named European Inventor Award 2019 finalist

    08-May-2019 The European Patent Office (EPO) announces that German physicist, biochemist and bioinformatician Matthias Mann has been nominated for the European Inventor Award 2019 for developing techniques to screen proteins in bulk for the early detection of disease. Named as one of three finalists in ... more

  • Politics

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

    Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

    15-Jan-2019 A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ... more

    REACH is the dominant driver for substitution - more action is needed

    06-Sep-2016 The REACH Regulation and other EU policies coupled with market forces have created strong drivers to avoid the use of very hazardous substances in the EU. To accelerate identifying very hazardous substances and substituting them with safer alternatives, the report recommends improving the a ... more

    The REACH regulation as an effective way of regulating nanomaterials

    A new concept is to ensure safety in the supply chain and life cycle of nanomaterials

    07-Feb-2013 There is currently a need for better  identification and assessment of potential hazards arising from nanomaterials for humans and their environment in the future. With this aim, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) ... more

  • Products

    On-site detection of hazardous substances

    05-Jun-2019 Together with partners from research and industry, Fraunhofer IAF has developed a hand-held scanner for hazardous substances within the EU project CHEQUERS. The sensor detects explosive, toxic and other dangerous substances in real time and will help emergency personnel with on-site detecti ... more

    Are Drones Coming to Life Science Labs?

    Are You Ready for Lab Samples to be Delivered by Drones?

    02-Apr-2019 Hudson Robotics, Inc. announced a collaboration with Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) to bring drone technology to life science laboratories for sample handling. Specifically, microplates containing samples or reagents will be delivered directly to instruments and automated workcells to perform ... more

    Breakthrough could enable cheaper infrared cameras

    12-Mar-2019 There's an entire world our eyes miss, hidden in the ranges of light wavelengths that human eyes can't see. But infrared cameras can pick up the secret light emitted as plants photosynthesize, as cool stars burn and batteries get hot. They can see through smoke and fog and plastic. But infr ... more

  • Research

    Immune system of plants: It works differently than expected

    18-Jul-2019 What happens at the molecular level when plants defend against invading pathogens? Previously it was assumed that the processes were roughly the same in all plants. However, this is not true, as a team of biologists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) has demonstrated in a ... more

    Blood samples from the zoo help predict diseases in humans

    17-Jul-2019 Penguins, Asian elephants and many other animal species live in the zoos of Saarbrücken and Neunkirchen. As they come from different continents, blood is regularly taken from the animals to check their health. These blood samples have now been used by bioinformaticians and human geneticists ... more

    How multicellular cyanobacteria transport molecules

    16-Jul-2019 Researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Tübingen have taken a high-resolution look at the structure and function of cell-to-cell connections in filamentous, multicellular cyanobacteria. This enables them to explain how these microorganisms regulate the transport of various substan ... more

  • Technology

    Growth factors in single cells counted for the first time

    26-Feb-2019 Whether healthy or diseased, human cells exhibit behaviors and processes that are largely dictated by growth factor molecules, which bind to receptors on the cells. For example, growth factors tell the cells to divide, move, and when to die--a process known as apoptosis. When growth factor ... more

    Shaping light lets 2D microscopes capture 4D data

    Invention adds new dimension to fluorescent microscopy

    20-Feb-2019 Rice University researchers have added a new dimension to their breakthrough technique that expands the capabilities of standard laboratory microscopes. Two years ago, the Rice lab of chemist Christy Landes introduced super temporal resolution microscopy, a technique that allowed researcher ... more

    Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution

    18-Feb-2019 While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, according to a Penn State materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibers to so ... more

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