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Single Molecule Detection of Contaminants, Explosives or Diseases Now Possible
A technique that combines the ultrasensitivity of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with a slippery surface invented by Penn State researchers will make it feasible to detect single molecules of a number of chemical and biological species from gaseous, liquid or solid samples.
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Transparent Metal Films for Smartphone, Tablet, and TV Displays
A new material that is both highly transparent and electrically conductive could make large screen displays, smart windows and even touch screens and solar cells more affordable and efficient.
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Simple mechanism identified for assembly and disassembly of structures in cells
For the first time, scientists have demonstrated a simple charge-based mechanism for regulating the formation and dissolution of liquid-like structures inside cells. The research provides a first step in deciphering how these poorly-understood structures, which lack outer membranes, function in the cell -- and how they may have evolved.
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Upcoming MCL Seminars: Learn & Collaborate with the Experts
February 10, 2016: Advanced Nano-IR-Spectroscopy for Chemistry, Materials, and Life Sciences
March 23, 2016: Innovations in Vapor Sorption Science: Characterization Using Molecular Probes

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NEW TEM:
FEI Talos F200X

The new Talos (S)TEM ((Scanning)Transmission Electron Microscope) can achieve atomic resolution in both TEM and STEM mode quickly due to the stability of the instrument which provides high throughput due to minimal alignment time. 
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