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Super microscope unveiled in Daresbury

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A new super powerful microscope that can examine objects a million times smaller than a human hair is being unveiled today.

The instrument will help British scientists in fields such as advanced materials and power generation, and is expected to lead to breakthroughs benefiting health and the environment.

The £3.7 million Nion Hermes Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope, to be sited at a laboratory in Daresbury, near Warrington, allows researchers to identify atoms and observe the strength of the bonds between them.

This is expected to improve understanding of their electronic properties when in bulk and how they may perform when used.

The UK is a world leader in the development and application of Stem (Scanning Transition Electron Microscope) techniques, and this new super-powerful microscope will ensure we remain world-class.

From developing new materials for space travel to creating a better, cheaper treatment for anaemia, this new super-powerful microscope lets UK scientists examine how materials behave at a level a million times smaller than a human hair.

– Greg Clark, Minister for universities, science and cities.


Manchester's Science Festival gets underway

This year's Manchester Science Festival got underway today and will run until the 2nd of October across more than 40 venues in the city.

One of the highlights of the festival is a display of what's possible through 3D printing technology at the Museum Of Science and Industry.