Nikon Unveiling the N-STORM High Resolution Microscope System

Nikon Corporation, one of the relevant innovators in advanced optical instruments, has just announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with Harvard University that is granting Nikon the rights to use the Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM) technology. Under the terms of that agreement, Nikon will be developing STORM enabled microscopy systems and market them with the N-STORM name.
Also, Nikon Corporation President, Mr. Michio Kariya, and Nikon Instruments Incorporated, are pleased to announce that the N-STORM Super Resolution microscope system will be introduced at the American Society For Cell Biology 49th Annual Meeting. This new microscope system packs the STORM methodology, as well as having a design that enables a higher resolution than was never before achieved by the conventional optical microscopes.
“Nikon is highly anticipating this exciting development in super resolution, providing scientists with exceptional optical instrumentation that allows visualization of nanoscopic cellular structures and molecular activity at unprecedented image resolution,” states Stanley Schwartz, vice president, Nikon Instruments, Inc. “This level of clarity has never been attainable by conventional light microscopy in a commercialized and easy-to-use microscopy system. Nikon is excited about this collaboration and looks forward to progressing together with our design engineers and the Zhuang lab to extend the capabilities and uses of STORM microscopy.”
Now, let’s look a little into that STORM technology, so that we’ll find out this is a novel advanced form of optical microscopy capable of providing a solution for the universal demand among life science researchers to observe tissues and cells more clearly. We all know that optical microscopy is one of the most common used imaging methods in the field of biomedical research nowadays. Nevertheless, the spatial resolution of optical microscopy, always limited by the diffraction of light to several hundred nanometers, is substantially larger than typical molecular length scales in cells, making many biological investigations beyond reach for scientists using light microscopy.

Nikon’s N-STORM Super Resolution microscope system should be available for delivery by May 2010, enabling researchers to take advantage of high resolution fluorescence images, both 2D and 3D, from localization information of fluorophores detected with high accuracy and calculated from multiple exposures.


SUV Navigation System Leads Couple Stuck in Eastern Oregon

Here’s another nice article that I am going to truly enjoy writing (well, at least for today), basically because it did confirm the fact that just about any GPS navigator can lead people in the wrong direction. Actually, just comparing with what I have heard from friends, that got led to the middle of mountains and such, this here happening is much worse.

This is the story of middle-aged couple John and Starry Rhoads that got misguided by their SUV’s navigational system, and ended stuck in high snow. This is definitely a win for the GPS in one of these people’s mobile phone, since that worked a lot more accurately than the SUV’s one that led them on a remote forest road, when traveling through the high desert of Eastern Oregon.
Doing so, the couple got stuck for no less than three days in the snow, and that would have probably got them killed, considering the low temperatures in that desert. Happily for them, and their relatives nevertheless, the middle-aged couple had some serious winter clothing packed for the road, and that is what saved their lives.
After those three days, the divinity (do call it weather) got some clear sky for the two, so they managed to send out their coordinates using their GPS-enabled mobile phone. Funny, isn’t it? GPS got them stuck and out of the trouble, but of course, different ones.
What I understand from this? Well, except for the times when you are only driving in the city boundaries, that one should always try the most efficient route rather than the shortest. Why? Just because I, for one, would rather get to my destination sooner or later, than not at all, and because the shortest way is not always the safest too.