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Introducing… CorrStub™

A new SEM specimen stub for correlative microscopy When analysing the characterisation of organic and non-organic samples this usually involves the collection of images and data using a variety of instruments and techniques. In the majority of cases the use …

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It’s good to hear from our customers from time to time!

Paul Simpson is the Cryo Electron Microscopy Facility Manager at Imperial College London. Their Biosciences EM Facility has a number of TEM and SEM Microscopes. He has been purchasing products from Agar Scientific regularly. This was some of the feedback …

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Reading for Pleasure, Writing for Science

Essentially, when you author a paper or make a poster you are telling a story (albeit non-fiction!). You want to create a narrative and impart something unique to your audience.   Tell us a story Your story should have a …

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Arise SiR Hoechst! A New Far-Red DNA Stain

Some of the most common cell-permeable DNA stains for imaging are the so-called ‘Hoechst Stains’ which are named after a German chemical company of the same name. These stains, which are also known as bisbenzimide stains, are part of a …

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Santa-ology: The Science of Christmas Present Delivery

It’s that most wonderful time of the year when the big bearded man in the red suit drops down our chimneys and leaves a stack of presents for all the good boys and girls of the world. But, where did …

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All Synthetic Life is Here: The Work of J. Craig Venter

Reading about some of the achievements and goals of J. Craig Venter, you can’t help but feeling that this maverick and innovative scientist is thinking further out of the box than his contemporaries when it comes to understanding the genome …

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Microscope Condensers -The Overlooked Optics

The two main optical components of the microscope which are adjusted and changed whilst in use are the objectives and the eyepieces. However, the other optical component which is sometimes overlooked, especially by beginners unaware of Koehler Illumination, is the …

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Home for Winter: How Birds Utilise Quantum Physics in Migration

It’s around this time of the year that we watch some species of birds leave our country and our over-wintering visitors returning. Swallows make the six week journey back to Africa between September and October, covering around 200 miles each …

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Do I have to share a microscope with the likes of you?!

Sharing microscopes with fellow scientists is part of working in science and research, however, this inevitably means having to suffer the laziness and dirty habits of other users. If you are already working in a shared facility, you will no …

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Helping Cells and Sections to Stick: Cleaning, Sterilising and Coating Slides and Coverslips

Although we very briefly touched on slide coating in a previous article, I wanted to describe in more detail the many ways in which slides and coverslips are prepared for different purposes including growing cells on them and helping sections …

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