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

23-08-2016

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 was key in providing an...

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Structural basis of an unusual carbocyclisation in nogalamycin biosynthesis

16-08-2016

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 evolutionary-related non-heme...

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ESRF deploys Olympic efforts for accelerator shutdown

05-08-2016

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 844-metre storage ring....

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Localised deformation in nickel-titanium shape memory alloy wires

03-08-2016

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 and untransformed...

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ESRF gives students a springboard into the future

01-08-2016

They are British, Finnish, French, Chinese and Italian. They are young and talented and have overcome fears and apprehensions to give their education an unforgettable boost. They have chosen the ESRF as a springboard to the future. They are just a few of the hundreds...

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ESRF scans most complete heterodontosaurus skeleton ever found

27-07-2016

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 discovered in South Africa’s...

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

26-07-2016

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 from Argentina, Australia,...

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

12-07-2016

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 theory. This discovery...

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Tackling gender bias

06-07-2016

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 aim of encouraging women...

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

29-06-2016

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.

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

28-06-2016

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 X-ray diffraction with the...

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

24-06-2016

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. The high efficiency of light...

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The puzzle of the changing nanogold

14-06-2016

Sometimes scientists become detectives in their research, like in this story. Take an evasive nanogold cluster’s structure, a newly-developed investigative approach and three synchrotrons in different continents and you have a plot. And four years later, an outcome,...

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Phonon-mediated passive transport in lipid membranes

13-06-2016

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 increase, providing...

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Iridescent flexible films see the light of day

03-06-2016

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 and Japan, has invented...

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