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[CT] Nanoscope Makes Live Viruses Visible For First Time.

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http://news.cnet.com/8301-27083_3-20038441-247.html

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So the "microsphere nanoscope" developed by scientists at the University of Manchester's School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Civil Engineering in the U.K. and described in the journal Nature Communications is remarkable on two counts: It breaks the world record of direct imaging under normal lights by 20 times, viewing objects as small as 50 nm wide, and what's more, the tech behind it imposes no theoretical limit in the size of feature that can be seen.
Nanovision enabled...
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Everytime I read "nano" now I have to emphatize it's special feature with MAXIMUM xxxx.
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"Makes live viruses visible for the first time, but we're not going to include any images for you to see"....
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Viruses aren't technically alive, but interesting nonetheless.
    
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Here's some real pics for you people who want to see before you believe. No viruses still, but that's a snazzy pic of a blue-ray disc. Didn't know they had star shaped holes for data.

http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal...comms1211.html
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"Makes live viruses visible for the first time, but we're not going to include any images for you to see"....
I agree!!! I want pix!!!
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I have some beef with some of the wording of this article

"This incredible jump in capacity could allow humans to see inside human cells"

Human cells are huge on a microscope. Viruses are literally 1/1000th the size of a human cell (at most). I've looked at details inside mammalian cells under normal microscopes hundreds of times. I taught college level virology lab for 2 years.
    
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I have some beef with some of the wording of this article

"This incredible jump in capacity could allow humans to see inside human cells"

Human cells are huge on a microscope. Viruses are literally 1/1000th the size of a human cell (at most). I've looked at details inside mammalian cells under normal microscopes hundreds of times. I taught college level virology lab for 2 years.
Yeah, that struck me as odd too--but I think they meant it in the context of seeing inside of a living cell to view where a virus lies, what it appears to be doing, etc., without having to rely on staining/dying the sample, affecting the cell/virus and altering the perception of what is or might be happening--because seeing the inside of a living cell with an optical microscope is nothing new.
    
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