ASPEX Kicks Off “Send Us Your Sample” Campaign – Anyone Can Have An Object Scanned For Free

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Chalk Crayon Under an SEM Scanning Electron Microscope

ASPEX is the world’s only SEM Elemental Analysis company that allows anyone to send in their sample to get scanned by our SEM.  Ever wonder what something looks like up close? Really close? Most people have seen objects under a standard optical microscope, but few have seen what something looks like under a more powerful magnifying instrument. ASPEX, makers of the Personal Scanning Electron Microscope (PSEM), recently kicked off their “Send Us Your Sample” campaign, encouraging science geeks, educators, students and anyone else to send in samples to be scanned by one of their PSEMs.  (Pics)

 

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A Novel Idea

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So much for copyright issues

It promises to bring the world of literature to the ordinary book-buyer at the touch of a button.

In the time it takes to brew a cappuccino, this machine can print off any book that is not in stock from a vast computer database.

The innovation, launched by book chain Blackwell yesterday, removes the need to order a hard-to-find novel, or the wait to buy one that has sold out. Continue reading… “A Novel Idea”

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Researchers Develop Portable Medical Scanner With Inexpensive Digicam Sensor

Researchers Develop Portable Medical Scanner With Inexpensive Digicam Sensor 

A lot can be learned from simply counting the cells found in a sample of blood or water; the rub is that it requires either a lengthy and complex manual process with an expensive microscope or a a quicker process with an even more expensive flow cytometer. Now, UCLA researchers have devised a compact system that scans samples with a cheap CCD digicam sensor to quickly spot and count 100,000 different kinds of cells in a sample. Please note my resistance here to the general tendency to call any type of advanced portable medical scanner a real-life tricorder, but that’s kind of what it’s like.

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3M Mobile ID Reader

3M Mobile ID Reader 

 3M Mobile ID Reader

This new 3M Mobile ID Reader could soon be used at events or in situations that require tight security. The idea is that it would scan your identification quickly to prove that you are who you say you are. Then you can be on your way in no time. It works like a credit card scanner and it would be used to scan things like your Visa card or passport, cross checking that info with watch lists of those who are threats.

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