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Electron Microscopy – News and Features

Six layers of excitatory neurons color-coded by depth.

Map of Neural Connections Produced in a Fragment of the Human Brain

Harvard team helped create the largest 3D brain reconstruction to date, showing in vivid detail each cell and its web of connections in a piece of temporal cortex about half the size of a rice grain.
A close up of someone adding lubricant to a machine.

New Eco-Friendly Lubricant Additives Protect Turbine Equipment, Waterways

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed lubricant additives that protect both water turbine equipment and the surrounding environment.
An RNA molecule.

Understanding the Key to Immune Defense and Autoimmunity

LMU researchers have deciphered the complex interplay of various enzymes around the innate immune receptor toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7), which plays an important role in defending our bodies against viruses.
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) stained with Hematoxylin and eosin (HE)

Epstein-Barr Virus, Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer: Looking Back at 60 Years of Research

In this interview, Professor Lawrence Young discusses the current interest in Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) vaccines for combatting multiple sclerosis and his thoughts on the future direction of EBV research.
Bacteria bloom on a petri dish.

Bacteria Use a Protein Complex To Enhance Blockage of Phage Replication

The molecular assembly of a common anti-phage system employed by bacteria has been described in a new study.

Electron Videography Captures Microscopic Moving Dance in Cell Membranes

In a first demonstration of “electron videography,” researchers have captured a microscopic moving picture of the delicate dance between proteins and lipids found in cell membranes.
Blobs of color representing the different metals in the alloy.

This Alloy Is Kinky

A metal alloy composed of niobium, tantalum, titanium and hafnium has shocked materials scientists with its impressive strength and toughness – its secret? A rare kink band defect.
Lady wearing glasses, sitting up and holding an oxygen mask on her face to help her breath.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation as a Treatment for Allergic Asthma

A mouse model was used to investigate the potential of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) as a treatment for allergic asthma, a subtype of asthma triggered by allergies, and understand some of the underlying mechanisms.
Annular dark field scanning electron microscopy images of a bilayer interface after heat pulses.

Atom-by-Atom: Imaging Structural Transformations in 2D Materials

In an effort to understand how and why 2D interfaces take on the structures they do, researchers have developed a method to visualize the thermally-induced rearrangement of 2D materials using transmission electron microscopy (TEM).
A circular flowchart.

Chemists Invent a More Efficient Way To Extract Lithium From Industrial Waste

Chemists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have invented a more efficient way to extract lithium from waste liquids leached from mining sites, oil fields and used batteries.