Understanding the mechanisms of cell division
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.
Application note on light microscopy in forensic analyses
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.
Building bridges between science, history, and archaeology
The world's first hybrid cruise ship has ZEISS microscopes on board
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.
A glimpse into the work of the conservation team at the Imperial Carriage Museum in Vienna
Hermitage Deputy Director and Chief Curator Svetlana B. Adaksina shares some insights
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.
Conserving and digitizing butterflies
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.
Making the invisible tangible
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.
From mosquito DNA to Martian meteorites
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.