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SLM boosts microscope resolution

Spatial light modulator increases imaging resolution by 2.5 times to 92 nm

Tiny probe looks good on camera

Evanescent detection scheme opens the door to high-speed imaging of biological samples

Detecting quantum dots in the dark

New technique could enable sensing applications without fluorescence labelling

Obducat gets $12m nanoimprint tool order

Photonic crystal LEDs drive interest in nanoimprint lithography

Gold nanocones prove a point

Field emission displays are just one of many applications for transfer printing process

Gold nanoantenna peeps at proteins

Rochester's nano-optics group investigates biological processes on the molecular scale

Carbon nanopipettes probe individual cells

Mass-produced device makes it much easier for researchers to study cell behaviour

Actuator design offers nanoimprint upgrade

Nanopositioning tool set to simplify ultra-high precision layer-over-layer fabrication

Graphene has record-breaking strength

Material's stiffness is 'off the chart'

Electric field embeds MWCNTs in polymer

Dielectrophoresis is being used to develop carbon nanotube-based tissue scaffolds

MWCNT crack-bridging success continues

Optimized nanocomposite gives 20-fold reduction in fatigue crack propagation rate

Superconducting wire gets upgraded

Nanoscale defect engineering delivers 50% increase in performance

Interference fringes create sensing template

Large-area hybrid metallic nanostructure made using low-cost patterning process

Nanotweezers trap tiny objects

New devices better than traditional optical tweezers for manipulating nanoscale beads

3D microscope obtains nanoscale resolution

isoSTED system visualizes the interior of cells with unprecedented detail

Laser fast-tracks nanomaterial production

Rapid and continuous process yields iron oxide nanowires and nanobelts in solution

Nanojets impinge to form uniform channel

One-step process proposed for fabricating polymeric nanochannels on silicon

Silver doesn't always shine

Metallic films containing nanogrooves may absorb all of the light falling on them

Bio Nano Consulting launches in London

JV provides easy access to equipment and expertise at UCL, Imperial College and NPL

$20 DVD head images graphite terraces

Off-the-shelf optical chip paves the way for low-cost atomic force microscopy