[Noisebridge-discuss] Fwd: Join us for Microscopy 101 & 401 class at CCL Sat morning!

Patrik D'haeseleer patrikd at gmail.com
Fri Jul 28 19:26:33 UTC 2017


*Join us for our Microscopy meetup tomorrow morning at CCL
<https://www.meetup.com/Counter-Culture-Labs/events/241864024/>! *We'll
have something for newbies and experts alike...

We'll give a tour of the microscopes we have available at CCL, show you
which one to use for which purpose, how how to use them, and which ones to
prioritize for repair. Feel free to bring in your own scope if you have
one, and we'll be happy to teach you how to use it (and/or diagnose what's
wrong with it...)

For the microscopy experts, we'll also go over the fancy super-resolution
STED microscope we've just been donated by BioCuriuous! This kind of
equipment would normally start in the $200K range. A dedicated team at
BioCurious spent more than a year building this one from scratch
<https://sites.google.com/site/biocuriousmicroscopewiki/>, starting from
the microscope engine out of a donated GA IIx DNA sequencer - a piece of
machinery that probably cost well over $500K itself when it was new just a
few years ago. A truly unique piece of equipment.

STED microscopy <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STED_microscopy> is one of
the techniques used to break the diffraction limit in optical microscopy,
allowing visualization of subcellular structures that were previously only
accessible using electron microscopy!

We are looking to build an expert user group around this new instrument, so
come join us and help us get it up and running to do some awesome science
with it!

Patrik
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