Powerful microscope dives deeper
The most powerful microscope in Scotland has been unveiled by the Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC) – a joint venture between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. The new device, called a nanoscope, is capable of seeing things ten times smaller than the most advanced light microscope. A nanoscope works differently to ordinary light microscopes, which bounce light beams off objects and use powerful lenses to focus them. Nanoscopes fire laser light at objects to make fluorescent molecules within them glow (molecules are the small building blocks of a substance made of two or more atoms). The process is repeated many times until a complete image emerges. The team at ESRIC hope to use the new nanoscope to observe the processes of cells (the smallest part of a living organism) with the hope of finding cures for many diseases.
Take a peek inside a cell.