How a "cloaking device" led to an amazingly powerful new microscope

As we move into a future where we want to build materials from the atoms up, we need better microscopes to see what we're doing. Right now, we can't even watch DNA building proteins in real time. We only get muddy snapshots. But that may be about to change. » 8/15/13 11:05am 8/15/13 11:05am

These spectacular images show why they call it the ‘OMG’ microscope

Back in 2011, GE unveiled DeltaVision OMX Blaze, a state-of-the art microscope that uses a combination of optics and powerful computer algorithms. Using a technique called 3D structured illumination microscopy (SIM), OMX can see objects as small as 100 nanometers across and more than doubles the resolution in all… » 3/26/13 2:14pm 3/26/13 2:14pm

Was Robert Hooke really the greatest asshole in the history of science?

Robert Hooke discovered the cell, established experimentation as crucial to scientific research, and did pioneering work in optics, gravitation, paleontology, architecture, and more. Yet history dismissed and forgot him... all because he pissed off Isaac Newton, probably the most revered scientist who ever lived. » 1/27/12 7:00am 1/27/12 7:00am