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Micro-CT of an Avocado

Avocados, once a rare treat available only in west coast cities able to sell fresh fruit in season, are now found year round across the country. Loosened import restrictions have led to the increase in availability, as Mexico is the world’s largest producer of avocados. Although most avocado varieties are delicate, ripening …

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Micro-CT of Green and Black Teas

Both green and black tea, and in fact, oolong and white tea as well, come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The use of tea is likely to have originated in China during the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC). During that time, only the leaves were steeped, whereas the idea of incorporating additional …

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Micro-CT of a Wax-coated Paper Cup

Click here see a 3-D video of a wax-coated paper cup Why Scan a Cup? Years ago, communal glass cups were used at public drinking fountains, causing deadly diseases to spread more easily. To prevent the sharing of germs, a lawyer by the name of Lawrence Luellen thought of creating a single-use …

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Micro-CT of a Mouse Mandible

  Click here see a 3-D video of the mouse tooth and jawbone Why Segment Samples? If your region of interest in a sample is composed of a material of different density than what surrounds it, Micro-CT segmentation offers a way to virtually segment it, without breaking the sample. Using our CTAnalyzer …

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Micro-CT image of a Mouse Heart

Micro-CT of a Stained Mouse Heart

Unravelling the intricacies of the heart is an ongoing process for researchers, and micro-CT imaging adds to our understanding of heart tissue. As one looks at the heart it seems to be made of complex muscle fibers and interactions that can appear quite confusing. Yet, if we image the heart with micro-CT …

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Keep Warm! Micro-CT of Foam Insulation

Winter is here and the colder temperatures are likely raising your heating bills, as heating and cooling are said to account for 50-70% of energy bills.1 Ensuring that you have adequate insulation throughout your house, including your floors, walls, and ceilings, will decrease the amount of energy needed for heating and help …

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micro-CT of a battery

Micro-CT of a D-Cell Battery

Micro-CT of a Battery Micro-CT is a powerful tool that allows researchers to look inside objects non-destructively so that the sample can be used for further tests.  In this case, a micro-CT of a battery was performed using our Bruker SkyScan 1275 micro-CT system.  The D-Cell battery was scanned and could then …

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Biomimicry – The Burr and the Invention of Velcro

  Figure 1. Biomimicry of a burr (Left) for the invention of Velcro (Right). Nature has had billions of years to refine itself and develop a plethora of unique structures and functions. Scientists and engineers use what nature shows us to develop some of the most innovative technologies, such as a seahorse …

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Micro-CT for Insect Inspection: Cicada ~ Analysis of Its Anatomy

VIEW our Micro-CT Video of a Cicada!   The Quintessential Sound of Cicadas Heard from the front porch, garden swing, or evening walk, the song of the cicada is the sound of summer. The sounds are from male cicadas, and are part of their mating ritual to attract females. Several species of cicada may …

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SkyScan 1173 from Micro Photonics being used to digitize all species of fish

With more than 25,000 species identified worldwide, fish demonstrate more species diversity than all other kinds of vertebrates. A unique project using a SkyScan 1173 Micro-CT Scanner from Micro Photonics is changing the way scientists, teachers, students, and amateur ichthyologists will be able to study any fish from around the globe. This …

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