Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

NIST twists (and gifts)

The US National Institute of Science & Technology (NIST) are developing a route to employ electron vortices to improve the performance of transmission electron microscopes. Passing electrons through a nanometre-scale grating, the NIST group imparted the electron waves with significantly increased orbital momentum thus creating a potential route to increasing the resolution of a microscope. By employing this technique they hope to provide high-contrast, high-resolution images of, for example, biological samples which currently have a high level of transparency. In addition, US readers especially may be interested to note that NIST has launched a new competition for grants to support the construction of new or expanded scientific research facilities at institutions of higher education and non-profit scientific research organizations. The agency expects $20 million to be available for grants ranging from $5 to $10 million over a period of no more than five years. Further details via this link.

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