on 6th of April as a fine piece of art the microscope was delivered to VUB grounds by Crown Fine Art transporter company.
in two large trucks
carefully unloaded and moved into the just finished EM building
column, the heart of the microscope is packed into the box Nr1. Of course!
it looks beautiful
many, many boxes
and more boxes
Many thanks to coordinated efforts of Crown Fine Art, JEOL and VUB infrastructure teams for making the microscope delivery a great success!
And for having very nice spring weather to whoever is in charge…
By 6th of April the EM building is completed enough to receive cryoARM300. The decoration works in the control room and facade are to be finished still, but they will not interfere with the assembly of the microscope.
We would like to thank VUB infrastructure department and builders for managing to finish all the essential works on time!
neither snow not night slow down the construction works
Last bits of demolition are executed before the concrete floor and walls are built.
This old but historically significant building will be turned into a new cryo-EM centre. With a bit of delay the reconstruction works begun with demolition.
Success of cryo-EM in determining high-resolution structures of biomolecules is acknowledged with 2017 chemistry Nobel prize. Cheers to everyone who contributed to making possible recordings of the images of biological molecules frozen alive and turning these noisy 2D images into beautiful high-resolution 3D atomic models!
New generation JEOL cryoARM300 will be installed on VUB campus in the beginning of 2018! The cryo-EM centre will also include two 120 kV JEOM JEM-1400 screening microscopes.
There are openings for Postdoctoral and PhD positions in cryo-EM group. Check JOBS for details.
The 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to three scientists that created the first human-made molecular machines!
Recognition of the potential molecular machines have for the future technology and research is an important milestone. It will provide support to the research filed with new engineered molecular machines to come.
Molecular machines are widespread in nature: most of the critical processes in the living organisms are facilitated by biological molecular machines our understanding of which is still limited. I believe that it is the combination of our ability in making more and more complex molecular machines on one hand and deeper understanding of the complexity of the biological molecular machines on the other will eventually lead to development of the true nanorobots capable of performing sophisticated and controlled processes on molecular scale.
One day hypothetical Maxwell daemon will become a reality in the service to a humankind.
An essay of Isaac Asimov is published in MIT technology review titled “How do people get new ideas?“.
A remarkable idea of requirements for creativity is well expressed by the following paragraph:
“Probably more inhibiting than anything else is a feeling of responsibility. The great ideas of the ages have come from people who weren’t paid to have great ideas, but were paid to be teachers or patent clerks or petty officials, or were not paid at all. The great ideas came as side issues.”