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Old 03-01-2011, 07:21 PM
 
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Previously, the standard optical microscope can only see items around one micrometre 0.001 millimetres clearly.

But now, by combining an optical microscope with a transparent microsphere, dubbed the 'microsphere nanoscope', the Manchester researchers can see 20 times smaller 50 nanometres ((5 x 10-8m) under normal lights. This is beyond the theoretical limit of optical microscopy.

This hugely-increased capacity means the scientists, led by Professor Lin Li and Dr Zengbo Wang, could potentially examine the inside of human cells, and examine live viruses for the first time to potentially see what causes them.
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