Tag Archives: Light Microscopy

All things light & fluorescence microscopy

Science and Education Under One Roof

The Ars Electronica Center in Linz

Ars Electronica Labs
Since 1979, Ars Electronica has been searching for the interfaces between art, technology, and society. The center describes itself as a museum of the future where fusions of art, science, and technology are displayed and developed. The Ars Electronica Center also has a fully equipped BioLab with an S1 security level. As part of workshops and guided tours, visitors can make the smallest biological structures and processes – such as those of a cell – visible.


Anthony Hyman Receives Carl Zeiss Lecture 2019

Understanding the mechanisms of cell division

Anthony A. Hyman, director at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden

This year’s awardee of the Carl Zeiss Lecture, the most visible prize of the German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ), is Anthony A. Hyman, director at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden. His work deepened the molecular understanding of microtubules and how their dynamic properties in mitosis enable bipolar spindle formation and faithful chromosome segregation.


Detecting Sperm on Washed Textiles

Application note on light microscopy in forensic analyses

Fluorescent sperm cells imaged with light microscopy

The forensic testing of DNA samples is an important part of day-to-day forensic activities. Often, weeks or months pass between the committing of a crime and the analysis of the evidence by forensic geneticists, and  during which time evidence relevant to the crime is washed. This study shows that even after two washing cycles at a water temperature of 60 °C, a sufficient number of sperm cells can still be detected to be used to create a genetic fingerprint.


Carrying out Research at Sea

The world's first hybrid cruise ship has ZEISS microscopes on board

Amundsen Science Center

Launched in July 2019, the MS Roald Amundsen cruise ship is the first of the two new hybrid-powered expedition ships in Hurtigruten’s fleet. The ice-strengthened ship is designed specifically for the frigid polar waters and regularly crosses Antarctica, picking up vital data. Scientists then analyze the Antarctic seawater for levels of plankton, krill – essential for the survival of penguins – and pollutants such as microplastics. The researchers are supported by the ship’s Science Center, which is equipped with ZEISS stereo microscopes.


Conservators and Microscopes: A Great Team

A glimpse into the work of the conservation team at the Imperial Carriage Museum in Vienna

Matthias Manzini in the workshop in front of his restoration project
If an object – such as an Imperial Carriage – is due to be restored, an extensive examination and inventory is carried out first. Once a detailed conservation or restoration plan has been created, the real work begins.


“Without Microscopes, Restorers Would Be Blind.”

Hermitage Deputy Director and Chief Curator Svetlana B. Adaksina shares some insights

Svetlana B. Adaksina at the Art of Restoration conference

The Art of Restoration conference took place at the world famous State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg in May 2019. The conference was organized for the second time by Hermitage and OPTEC ZEISS Group/ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions.

We spoke to Hermitage Deputy Director and Chief Curator Svetlana B. Adaksina about the conference, restoring Cultural Heritage, and the cooperation with ZEISS.


The Natural History Museum London – Behind the Scenes 3

Conserving and digitizing butterflies

ZEISS Axiozoom V.16 helps to repair butterfly wings.

There is more to an exhibition than what is on display. A lot of a museum’s treasures are behind the scenes and require constant maintenance and protection. There are various materials that are subject to conservation, restoration, and digitization, including textile, paper, books, glass, ceramics, paintings, wood, metals, skeletons, and whole animals.


The Natural History Museum London – Behind the Scenes 2

Making the invisible tangible

A high-resolution 3D model of a dinosaur skull

The “Make it visible” project at the Natural History Museum (NHM) London aims to give blind and partially sighted visitors a chance to experience the beauty of nature shown in the exhibition. With the help of microscopes, natural history themed samples are printed in 3D to be used for public outreach activities – which include exhibitions, public and school events.


The Natural History Museum London – Behind the Scenes 1

From mosquito DNA to Martian meteorites

Facilities of the Natural History Museum London

The Natural History Museum (NHM) in London is not only a world-famous museum with around 5 million visitors per year, but also a world leading research institution with more than 350 scientists in earth and life sciences working on major scientific questions about our past and our future.