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Cluster of osmium crystals grown by chemical vapor transport (Credit:, CC BY 3.0)

Record high pressure squeezes secrets out of osmium


X-ray experiments reveal peculiar behaviour of the most incompressible metal on Earth.


MASSIF-1: massively automated sample selection integrated facility. Photo: ESRF/Max Alexander

MASSIF-1: Rise of the robots transforms MX


A new era of automation in structural biology has begun with the opening of the upgrade beamline MASSIF-1. MASSIF-1, which stands for « massively automated sample selection integrated facility », is a world leading unique facility for the fully...


This year's crop of STFC apprentices during their placement, photographed at the ESRF. Credit: ESRF/Argoud

A seasonal batch of apprentices


Every year the ESRF offers over a hundred technical and administrative traineeships. It also plays temporary host to apprenticeships offered by other institutes, for example the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in the UK, whose...


The tiny fossilised egg studied at the ESRF with colouring to show the embryonic bones preserved in the egg. Credit: E. Buffetaut/V. Fernandez

A tough egg to crack - oldest lizard embryos discovered in fossil eggs


Since their discovery in Thailand in 2003, scientists have puzzled over the identity of a batch of tiny fossilised eggs, originally concluding that they belonged to a small theropod dinosaur or a primitive bird. Today, with the ESRF's ultra-bright...


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Model of the LACV polymerase elongation state showing the trajectories of template RNA (cyan), product RNA (orange) and NTPs through the polymerase tunnels (green).

RNA virus replication into ribonucleoproteins and its regulation elucidated from bunyavirus polymerase structure


The structural characterisation of the La Crosse bunyavirus polymerase by X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy provides a detailed description of how bunyavirus polymerase can specifically recognise the viral RNAs, how the viral...


In situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy confirms catalyst deactivation by loss of chlorine (blue) and increase in potassium (red).

Transfer hydrogenation catalyst deactivation solved through in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy


Scientists from University of Leeds (UK) and the XMaS CRG beamline have developed a new approach to studying complex immobilised catalysts using a combination of X-ray absorption spectroscopy at both hard and soft X-ray energies and lab-based...


Light-sensitive chrome yellow paints exposed to different wavelengths of monochromatic light.

Effect of visible light on chrome yellow pigments: towards safer illumination of paintings


Knowledge of the effect of visible light on light-sensitive pigments such as chrome yellows is of great importance for the long-term conservation of unique masterpieces including those by Vincent van Gogh. A combination of high spatial resolution...


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