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

28-07-2015

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 µ-XRF and µ-XANES spectrosco...

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MASSIF-1: Rise of the robots transforms MX

23-07-2015

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 automatic, high throughput...

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A seasonal batch of apprentices

23-07-2015

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 apprentices are welcomed...

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

10-07-2015

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 X-rays and cutting...

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Francesco Sette (ESRF-DG) awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the National Research Centre Kurchatov Institute

07-07-2015

During the common Russia-ESRF scientific meeting held at the National Research Centre Kurchatov Institute (NRC-KI) in Moscow, Francesco Sette was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by Professor Mikhail Kovalchuk, Director of the NRC-KI, for his contribution to the development...

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X-rays reveal why Matisse's yellow loses its shine

03-07-2015

For more than a decade museum scientists have puzzled over the deterioration of a bright yellow pigment used in the paintings of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modernist painters including Matisse and Van Gogh. A new study using the ESRF's bright X-rays...

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Beauty of science: nanomechanics of a gold nanowire

26-06-2015

The picture shows a coherent Bragg diffraction image of a self-suspended Au nanowire forming a nanobridge that crosses Si microtrenches. The symmetry of the diffraction image shows that the wire is of high crystalline quality and a perfect starting point for deformation...

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First Users on ESRF ID30B

26-06-2015

Beamline ID30B/MAD welcomed its first users this week with a group of scientists from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

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Complex modulated magnetism in PrPtAl

25-06-2015

The discovery and characterisation of complex modulated magnetism in PrPtAl at the interface between ferromagnetism and paramagnetism suggests a new route for creating complex magnetic order.

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Imaging the micro-vascular network and the neuronal system in a spinal cord

18-06-2015

The repair capacity of an injured spinal cord relies on the interplay between the vascular network and the neuronal system. Our knowledge of how these two intricate systems overlap at the submicrometric level has been limited by the imaging tools available. A team of...

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Compressed mineral nanoparticles make teeth tougher

10-06-2015

An interdisciplinary team* led by scientists from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and involving the ESRF has succeeded in unravelling an inbuilt crack-stopping mechanism acting in dentin, the bone-like material that comprises the bulk of human teeth. Unlike normal...

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Flourish of medals for ESRF after Summer Atomiade

09-06-2015

The 15th edition of the ASCERI Summer Atomiade brought together more than 1200 competitors from 37 research institutes across Europe for two full days of sporting events that cover an impressive sweep of over 22 different disciplines.

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RIXS reveals where TiO2 nanoparticles store electrons after plasmon-induced electron transfer from Au

03-06-2015

The photo-catalytic performance of TiO2 nanoparticles can be improved by attaching metal particles that have strong absorption bands in the visible region of the light spectrum. An optically excited surface plasmon in Au metal particles may trigger a charge transfer...

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Beauty of science: inside a turtle egg

29-05-2015

The picture originates from an in ovo developmental survey of several species of turtles and crocodiles in collaboration with the crocodile farm in Pierrelatte, France. The initial X-ray imaging study was performed at beamline BM05 using fixed samples following a development...

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The ESRF launches a new generation of synchrotrons

28-05-2015

Today the ESRF officially launched Phase II of its innovative renovation project, the Upgrade Programme. The highlight and major technological challenge of this second step is the creation of an ultra-bright synchrotron source with performances 100 times superior to...

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