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Science  19 Jul 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6143, pp. 299
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6143.299-a

DIGITAL HD MICROSCOPE CAMERAS

Easy to use, fast live images, brilliant results—microscope users achieve all of this and more with the new Leica MC120 HD and MC170 HD cameras. The new high-performance cameras provide high-speed, precise images in real time at a rate of up to 30 frames per second. They are directly connectable to an HD monitor as a stand-alone solution or to a computer via USB interface. While the 2.5 megapixel Leica MC120 HD is ideal for almost all microscopic applications, the Leica MC170 HD with a resolution of 5 megapixels is especially well suited for acquiring the finest details at low magnifications. For fast documentation or hands-on training the user can record brilliant full HD movie clips as MP4. Images and movies are easily, cost-effectively stored with high quality onto a portable SD-card. The infrared remote control allows direct and convenient control of all camera parameters such as brightness, gain, and contrast of the image as well as white balance operations, changing to other camera modes, and image capture.

EVAPORATORS

The third generation Acid-Resistant EZ-2 Plus Evaporator uses inert- and corrosion-proof materials to enable it to withstand up to 6N Hydrochloric acid, 70% Nitric acid, and most acid chlorides including thionyl chloride. These strongly acidic materials can be routinely removed from samples without any loss of performance or long-term deterioration in the system. Acid resistant components in the Acid-Resistant EZ-2 Plus include a PTFE coated evaporation chamber, a glass condenser, and all metallic parts that come into contact with removed solvent, which are manufactured from acid resistant Hasteloy C steel. The innovative design of the Acid-Resistant EZ-2 Plus presents real advantages for all scientists and engineers tasked with removing both regular solvents and strongly acidic chemicals. Intuitive controls and large LCD display provide ease of use comparable to a typical rotary evaporator yet the Acid-Resistant EZ-2 Plus can process many more samples per unit time.

DIGITAL SLIDE SCANNER

Axio Scan.Z1 is an automated microscope system that allows researchers to digitalize fixed tissue sections and cytologic specimens in brightfield and fluorescence. Thanks to the tray concept, Axio Scan.Z1 captures the entire specimen area of the microscope slide—including the edge. Just a few minutes later, the self-calibrating automized slide scanner presents specimens on high-quality virtual slides. Up to 100 microscope slides can be digitalized at a time. For fluorescence applications, filter wheels switch wavelengths in just 50 ms. Sensitive cameras and maximally corrected optics achieve optimal image quality. The Colibri.2 ultraviolet-free LED light source and a focus finder with oblique illumination, the Ring Aperture Contrast, ensure maximum protection for the sample. Axio Scan.Z1 is operated by ZEN imaging software from Carl Zeiss. ZEN allows users either to work with predefined recording parameters automatically or to select all settings individually.

MULTISAMPLE HOMOGENIZER

The Multi-Prep Laboratory Homogenizing System makes multisample homogenizing simple. This compact, benchtop unit was designed with decades of homogenizing experience and was created to address the challenges and rigorous nature of multisample homogenization. The Multi-Prep's unique automated system improves lab productivity by homogenizing up to six samples at a time quickly and with ease. All samples are homogenized simultaneously in mere seconds, ensuring accurate homogenizing speed and results. Precision crafted 316 Stainless Steel Multi-Prep Sample Probes deliver accurate and quick homogenizing results that are superior to plastic disposable generators while still addressing the concerns of avoiding cross contamination. Their multipack design means a clean, durable multisample probe can be used each and every time. Typical run time is mere seconds. The short sample runtime coupled with the ability to process six samples per cycle can result in 300 homogenized samples per hour.

PLATE HEATER

The new Plate Heater is designed specifically for cell biologists who require accurate and precise temperature control for plates in laminar flow hoods. The new Plate Heater has been developed to solve issues associated with short-term assay incubations in a laminar flow hood environment. The Plate Heater has a defined temperature range suitable for cell biology use (ambient + 5˚C to 50˚C) and maintains a consistent temperature across its surface ensuring all cells, no matter where their location on the plate, are incubated at the same temperature. Furthermore, the unit also incorporates a lid to help maintain a stable temperature, even when being used inside a laminar flow hood. These features make the Plate Heater ideal for cell-based and biochemical applications where consistent temperature control is important, such as incubating cell-based assays in microplates, trypsinising cells in cell culture T-flasks, or even generating reproducible 3-D cell cultures with the RAFT (Real Architecture for 3D Tissue) System.

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