Today’s 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three pioneers in the area of super-resolution imaging: Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell, and W. E. Moerner. Super-resolution imaging is a set of techniques that allows light microscopes to detect incredibly small features within tissues and cells. The resulting resolution is much more detailed than what’s achievable with conventional diffraction-limited microscopy. Cell Press has some cool slide shows and background information on the topic. And there’s a neat SnapShot on the various types of light microscopy.
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