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The force unleashed: how forces are transmitted through grain piles


The behaviour of granular materials under pressure is important for a wide variety of subjects such as pharmaceutical pill manufacturing, food processing and even natural events such as earthquakes. Deciphering how grains, like sand or wheat,...


Image taken with a light microscope during the preparation process. Credits: Alexander Groetsch

#weekendusers Getting to the bottom of bones with new instrument


Osteoporosis affects millions of patients around the world and is characterised by a reduction of bone strength that results in increased rates of fractures. The irreversible mechanical behaviour of bone is currently well characterised at the...


A darkened electrochromic film on plastic prepared by chemical condensation. Credits: Cockrell School of Engineering.

ESRF hard X-rays help in developing disordered materials for "smart windows"


An international team of researchers has invented a new flexible smart window material that, when incorporated into windows, sunroofs, or even curved glass surfaces, will have the ability to control both heat and light from the sun. The ESRF...


The three-week summer shutdown is an intensive time for teams working on the accelerator complex.

ESRF deploys Olympic efforts for accelerator shutdown


It’s thirty degrees in the shade and the water fountain is in heavy demand. Although a continuous hum of escaping air might be mistaken for crickets, there’s no sun, no sea and it’s nothing like Rio. Welcome to ‘The Tunnel’, home to the ESRF’s...


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X-ray colour provides direct 3D information in crystallographic texture measurements


Preferred crystal orientation (crystallographic texture) is a common phenomenon in many complex micro- and nanocrystalline materials of biological and synthetic origin. Conventionally, texture determination by XRD involves sample 2D diffraction...


The structure of SnoK, one of the key enzymes in the biosynthesis of nogalamycin, a potential anti-cancer drug.

Structural basis of an unusual carbocyclisation in nogalamycin biosynthesis


The final steps in the biosynthesis of nogalamycin involve two atypical reactions, an epimerisation and a chemically challenging C–C-bond formation, which so far have been poorly understood. We show that these reactions are catalysed by two...


Visualisation of grain-resolved internal stress in a nickel-titanium alloy undergoing deformation through 3D-XRD.

Localised deformation in nickel-titanium shape memory alloy wires


Super elastic nickel-titanium (NiTi) alloys can tolerate large deformations due to a stress-induced martensitic transformation. When NiTi wire is stretched, a propagating macroscopic transformation front moves along the wire, separating transformed...


Mussels incorporate manganese into their carbonate shells and are a proxy archive 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...


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