This Radical New DNA Microscope Reimagines the Cellular World

The new technique, dubbed DNA microscopy, uses only a pipette and some liquid reagents. The results are absolutely breathtaking. Cells shine like stars in a nebula, each pseudo-colored according to their genomic profiles.

Electron images achieve record-breaking resolution

A sophisticated electron detector has for the first time enabled scientists to reveal sub-angstrom detail in a 2D material.

Algorithm designer among those honored with the Chemistry Nobel

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to a group of individuals who pushed the electron microscope to its very limit, figuring out how to use it to determine the position of every single atom in large, complex molecules.

Microscopic and in motion

A quick look at some of this year’s best videos made with a microscope.

Microscope advances could prevent multiple breast cancer surgeries

A new type of microscope aims to reduce the number of surgeries needed by breast cancer patients by identifying cancerous tissue in real-time

New femto-camera with quadrillion fractions of a second resolution

Researchers from ITMO University have built a setup for recording holograms of tiny objects like living cells with a femtosecond speed.

These Are the First Color Images Ever Produced By an Electron Microscope

Electron microscopes are renowned for their ability to peer down into the hidden world of the very small. A new technique that took 15 years to develop finally overcomes this optical limitation, producing the first ever multicolor electron microscope images.

New Robust Technique Enables 3D Imaging of Live Cells Without Staining

Professor YongKeun Park of the Physics Department at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and his research team have developed a powerful method for 3D imaging of live cells without staining.

Renowned physicist invents microscope that can peer at living brain cells

( -- Ever since scientists began studying the brain, they’ve wanted to get a better look at what was going on. Researchers have poked and prodded and looked at dead cells under electron microscopes, but never before have they been able to get high resolution microscopic views of actual living brain cells as they function inside of a living animal. Now, thanks to work by physicist Stefan Hell and his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, that dream is realized. In a paper published in Science, Hell and his team describe the workings of their marvelous discovery.

Extreme-ultraviolet microscope to create next generation of microchips

An extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) microscope for creating the next generation of chips has been created by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s

20 best microphotos of 2011

Check out photos of the 20 Best Microphotos of 2011

New microscope reveals nanoscale details

Physicists at the University of California, San Diego have developed an X-ray microscope that can penetrate deep within materials and see minute details at

Intelligent microscopy: software runs experiments on its own

Scientists in Germany have created new software that rapidly learns what researchers are looking for and automatically performs complex microscopy experiments.

NASA develops light microscope for international space station

NASA has begun testing a new multi-capability microscope on the International Space Station. It will help scientists study the effects of the space environment on physics and biology aboard the orbiting laboratory. The microscope is isolated from vibrations on the station, allowing it to obtain clear, high-resolution images. Using high-resolution magnification, scientists can examine microorganisms and individual cells of plants and animals, including humans.