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Italian and French Ministers at ESRF for collaboration agreement

08-02-2016

Today, the ESRF welcomed the Italian and French ministers of research to witness the signature of a collaboration agreement between the ESRF and INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare). This agreement represents a decisive milestone for the ESRF-EBS project, which...

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Ready, steady ... ESRF prepares for Users

05-02-2016

The large white marquee that stands proud in front of the ESRF main building announces the imminence of the 2016 edition of the ESRF User Meeting, the annual event dedicated to the user community.

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Creating reactivity using unstable endmembers

05-02-2016

A new synthetic approach was used to create a solid solution of Mg and Fe nitrides bringing together unreactive starting materials and using pressure to remove the barrier to reactivity. This approach opens up new synthetic possibilities across the periodic table involving...

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ESRF takes the helm in saving data

04-02-2016

The ESRF has taken a decisive step towards the preservation of data sets with the adoption of a data policy. The implementation of this data policy reinforces the ESRF’s leading role in the advancement of science by advocating for full and open access to scientific...

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Revealing the molecular structure of kerogen in gas shale

04-02-2016

Fracking is a controversial recovery method to extract oil or gas from shale rock. There was not much known about kerogen, the organic matter which hosts hydrocarbons in gas shale structures – until now. Researchers from CNRS/MIT and the University of Haute-Alsace are...

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Nuclear resonance scattering clarifies the structure of a pharmacologically relevant iron sulfur protein and its interaction with inhibitors

29-01-2016

The LytB/IspH protein catalyses the last step of the biochemical MEP-pathway used by most pathogenic bacteria for the biosynthesis of essential terpenoids. Due to its absence in humans, the MEP pathway is a target for the development of new antimicrobial agents. Nuclear...

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Correlation between structural changes and atomic motion during physical ageing in metallic glasses

20-01-2016

Metallic glasses display outstanding thermal, mechanical and chemical properties, which make them forefront−materials for technological applications in many diverse fields such as medicine, environmental science and engineering. Their widespread use is, however, limited...

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Rector honours Synchrotron@School outreach programme

VISIT OF Ms SCHMIDT-LAINE, RECTRICE ACADEMIE GRENOBLE
14-01-2016

On 14th January, the ESRF welcomed Claudine Schmidt-Lainé, Rector of the Grenoble Academy, in a kick-off for the 2016 edition of Synchrotron@School, the ESRF’s outreach programme for high school students.

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Rpf2-Rrs1 complex in the biogenesis of the ribosome

11-01-2016

The biogenesis of ribosomes is a highly complex and hierarchical process mediated by more than 200 biogenesis factors. An important early step is the incorporation of the ribonucleoprotein 5S RNP (5S rRNA, RpL5 and RpL11) guided by the heterodimeric Rpf2-Rrs1 complex....

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Jay’s plumage opens path to everlasting colour

21-12-2015

Scientists from the University of Sheffield have used the ESRF’s X-rays to study the blue and white feathers of the Jay and have found that birds use well-controlled changes to the nanostructure of their feathers to create the vivid colours of their plumage. This research...

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Revealing the internal mechanics of an operating lithium battery via high speed X-ray computed tomography and digital volume correlation

17-12-2015

High speed synchrotron X-ray computed tomography (CT) was used to capture the morphological evolution of active materials within a commercial Li/MnO2 battery during discharge. Temporal 3D strain profiles of the MnO2 electrode were generated via digital volume correlation...

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Intrinsic inhomogeneity of charge density wave order in cuprates and superconductivity at 95 K

14-12-2015

The emergence of non Euclidean geometry at the mesoscale for superconductivity has been shown in a cuprate superconductor at optimum doping, using scanning micro X-ray diffraction. Direct evidence was found for the intrinsic inhomogeneity of the superconducting CuO2...

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The EIB finances the ESRF for 65 M€

11-12-2015

With fostering innovation to support fundamental and applied research of scientific excellence as one of its top priorities, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has decided to support the project ESRF- Extremely Brilliant Source (ESRF-EBS) to the level of 65 million...

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How prions are generated by a copper switch

09-12-2015

The conversion of the prion protein into a misfolded isoform in the brain causes prion diseases, a group of transmissible neurodegenerative disorders affecting humans and animals. The structural events underlying this conversion have escaped detailed characterisation...

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ESRF welcomes first students for Synchrotron@School 2016

08-12-2015

Today, the ESRF Visitor Centre is buzzing once again with high school students from the first of 27 classes that will spend a day at the ESRF for hands-on science as part of the Synchrotron@School 2016 outreach programme.

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