posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 01:42 AM
At the moment I am studying Biological and Medical Research and doing a course in Microbiology so I was thrilled to read this, this morning.
World's Most Powerful Optical Microscope: Could 'Solve the Cause of
Scientists have created a microscope which shatters the record for the smallest object the eye can see. With this microscope they can see 20 times
smaller under normal lights. This is actually beyond the theoretical limits of optical microscopy.
Electron microscopes can see much smaller objects, however they can only show the objects surface and not the inside structures. Also you're not able
to see living specimens with electron microscopes due to the treatment the specimens have to undergo before they can be seen under an EM.
With this new optical microscope they will be able to see living cells at scales never seen before allowing them to be able, amongst other things, to
examine "living" virusses!
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