Recent Blogs

September 2019

Naomi Miller holds sample of regolith and presented the findings of the CCMS-MIT research group at M&M 2019. Also in photo are her 8th grade teacher, Doug Shattuck (left) and JEOL collaborator Vern Robertson (right).

Middle School Students Evaluate How to Build Structures from Martian Soil

Above: Naomi Miller holds sample of regolith and presented the findings of the CCMS-MIT research group at M&M 2019. Also in photo are her 8th grade teacher, Doug Shattuck (left) and JEOL collaborator Vern Robertson (right). Just think about the logistics of building on Mars. What’s the best way to get all the materials there? Wouldn’t it be easier to use the natural resources of the planet? But what resources and how would they be ...

June 2019

Guest Blog: Seeing Is Believing – How Benchtop SEMs Are Changing the Imaging Landscape

Above image credit: Pixabay Imaging techniques have been instrumental in giving insights into the world beyond the naked eye. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which produces images of a sample by scanning the surface with a focused beam of electrons, is one such technique. Traditional SEM instruments have provided us with unprecedented details of every surface you can think of, from whole insects to crystals and bacteria, but can be complex to use, requiring specialist knowledge, ...