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Skull of the Heterodontosaurus tucki dinosaur. Credit: ESRF/P. Jayet

ESRF scans most complete heterodontosaurus skeleton ever found


The ESRF had an extraordinary and ancient visitor this week: the most complete fossil skeleton ever found of the small plant-eating dinosaur, heterondontosaurus tucki, which roamed the earth 200 million years ago. This exceptional specimen was...


Visit of the XMas beamline.

Tackling gender bias


Just 10%-12% of researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are women, according to UNESCO. Today the number of women enrolling in universities is growing, but many decide not to pursue a research career later on. With the...


Christoph Müller-Dieckmann explains the functioning of  the macromolecular crystallography beamline ID30B to Mr Livanov.

Mr Dmitry Livanov, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, visits the ESRF


On 28th June, the European Synchrotron welcomed Mr Dmitry LIVANOV, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, on the occasion of the 65th ESRF international Council meeting.


Schematic representation of small luminescent silver clusters (green spheres) embedded in the pores of zeolite frameworks.

Let there be light: how silver clusters in nano-cages produce light


Future LEDs might have been partly brewed at the ESRF’s beamline DUBBLE. An international team of researchers has shown that highly luminescent clusters of silver atoms can be assembled in the porous framework of minerals known as zeolites....


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Mussels incorporate manganese into their carbonate shells and are a proxy for the interpretation of past climate changes.

Manganese incorporation into mussel shells elucidated using X-ray emission spectroscopy


The carbonate shell of freshwater bivalves records changes in the surrounding water as it grows. In this way, bivalves created an archive of environmental changes during periods that predate our instrumental data records. A team of scientists...


Mounting the EuO sample in the cryostat at beamline ID28. Credit: S. Stankov, KIT.

New phenomenon in old material: giant spin-phonon interaction unveiled in EuO


A remarkably strong and anisotropic spin-phonon coupling was discovered for the ferromagnetic semiconductor europium monoxide through synchrotron experiments, inelastic X-ray scattering and nuclear inelastic scattering, and density functional...


Krypton atoms reveal the gas and water tunnel networks in an oxygen-tolerant NiFe hydrogenase.

High-pressure cryocooling of protein crystals reveals gas transport channels in a hydrogen-converting enzyme


Networks of hydrophobic tunnels transport substrate and inhibitory gases (i.e. oxygen) to/from the active sites of NiFe hydrogenases. Here, the tunnel network of an oxygen-tolerant NiFe hydrogenase has been mapped by combining single-crystal...


Phonon-mediated mechanism of passive transport through a lipid membrane.

Phonon-mediated passive transport in lipid membranes


Through an experiment at the ESRF, scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory have found evidence for propagating in-plane transverse phonon modes in a DPPC lipid membrane. These transverse phonon modes exhibit phononic gaps upon temperature...


Iridescent flexible films of different colours are produced by changing the size of the starting nanospheres.

Iridescent flexible films see the light of day


Stacking microscopic marbles into regular layers produces intriguing materials that scatter light in such a way that they produce intense colours. A team led by the University of Cambridge and including scientists from Germany, the Netherlands...


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