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Objects in acrylonitrile–butadiene–styrene. (left) Grillo (Marco Zanuso and Richard Saper for Siemens), 1965 (right) E63 (Umberto Riva for Francesconi) 1963, private collection.

Iconic 1960s ‘Grillo’ phone study helps preserve the past and ring changes for the future

24-09-2014

Iconic 1960s Italian design items including the first ‘Grillo’ phone to be made out of plastic and the famous E63 table lamp from a private collection have been studied at the European Synchrotron, the ESRF. Conservation Scientists are trying...

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The schema shows the rhodopsin signal transduction, from light absorption to switching off by binding arrestin.

How do I smell? Much the same as how you see!

12-09-2014

A collaboration between researchers from the Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics (IMPB) at the Charité in Berlin and the European Synchrotron (ESRF) has uncovered a new common feature in the molecular processes that are responsible...

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The ESRF: a great place to earn your degree

ESRF has helped 800 graduates obtain their diploma

21-08-2014

This year the ESRF topped the 800-mark for the number of undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas obtained by students having carried out part or the totality of their placement in-house.

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Surfactant micelles transform from spheres into worms at high salt concentrations.

Spheres becoming worms: elucidating the transformation of surfactant micelles

26-09-2014

The morphological transformation pathways in micellar systems are still not well understood despite over a century of research in surfactant science. This is mainly due to lack of sufficiently fast methods that capture structural changes underlying...

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Nano X-ray fluorescence images of copper in the cortex (left) and stele (right) of a secondary root in field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense).

Molecular form of copper in root cells of a non-hyperaccumulating plant grown in an urban setting

18-08-2014

Metal acquisition or detoxification in the roots of vascular plants occurs through biochemical mechanisms that involve specialised metal-complexing molecules. Current knowledge is largely based on hyperaccumulating species having high metal...

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2D map of the tilt magnitude (up to 0.0024°) of the Si {001} atomic planes with respect to the surface for a FIB etched image on a 40 nm Si0.8Ge0.2 layer grown on Si.

Fast diffraction imaging for nano- and micro- electronics and functional materials

01-08-2014

An optimised quick mapping technique (K-Map) has been put into service at ID01, the ESRF’s beamline for diffraction imaging, during the current refurbishment of this beamline. This enhancement of the beamline makes it capable of rapidly accessing...

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