Latest Synchrotron Stories

2009-07-02 11:06:31

Science and technology are becoming increasingly involved in the world of art. Scientific advances and new technological instruments are opening new doors to fields of knowledge to which they had been previously closed. Art is one such case in point.Through an agreement with the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), the Analysis of Cultural Heritage Materials (AMPC) research group, which concentrates on the study of materials that are of historical, archeological, artistic and cultural...

2009-03-04 13:46:14

U.S. and British researchers have linked changes in the distribution of metal ions in the brain to Parkinson's disease. The findings, presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago -- by Dr. Joanna Collingwood of Keele University in Staffordshire, England, and Dr. Mark Davidson of the University of Florida -- offer hope of new treatments and earlier diagnosis for those with this neurodegenerative disorder. The researchers are mapping...

2009-02-17 11:09:24

Researchers say a new facility opening later this year at Britain's Diamond Light Source synchrotron may revolutionize science. Officials said the powerful new experimental station called the Joint Engineering, Environmental and Processing beamline will carry out experiments in a variety of scientific areas, including biology and physical and chemical science. The versatility of JEEP will open up exciting new opportunities in many fields of science due to its extremely high flux, high energy...

2009-02-16 08:28:56

A new facility opening later this year at the Diamond synchrotron is set to revolutionize world heritage science. A new research platform soon to be available at the leading UK science facility, Diamond Light Source, will help uncover ancient secrets that have been locked away for centuries. For the first time ever, cultural heritage scientists will be able to scan and image large relics and artifacts up to two tons in weight in incredible precision. They will no longer be restricted to...

2008-07-31 09:45:00

A new technique allows pictures which were later painted over to be revealed once more. An international research team, including members from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) and the University of Antwerp (Belgium), has successfully applied this technique for the first time to the painting entitled Patch of Grass by Vincent van Gogh. Behind this painting is a portrait of a woman. It is well-known that Vincent van Gogh often painted over his older works. Experts estimate that...

2008-05-27 03:00:00

It might seem at first glance to be one of the simpler techniques performed at the Australian Synchrotron, but X-ray absorption spectroscopy requires a beamline that is very finely tuned. The technique measures the amount of X-rays absorbed by a sample while scanning a selected range of X-ray energies. The result is information on what elements are present and in what chemical form, what their local environment is and how they are bonded. The technique is only available at synchrotrons. The...

2008-04-22 07:30:00

The world was in shock when in 2001 the Talibans destroyed two ancient colossal Buddha statues in the Afghan region of Bamiyan. Behind those statues, there are caves decorated with precious paintings from 5th to 9th century A.D. The caves also suffered from Taliban destruction, as well as from a severe natural environment, but today they have become the source of a major discovery. Scientists have proved, thanks to experiments performed at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF),...

2008-04-10 01:00:00

Researchers at the National Museum of Natural History, Paris were thrilled to finally confirm that a slab of Lebanese limestone depicts the body of a snake with two legs.Researchers at the European Light Source (ESRF) in Grenoble, France used a high-powered super camera to validate their suspicions about the fossilized reptile.Alexandra Houssaye, from the National Museum of Natural History, Paris, said that the X-ray technique is useful because it allows researchers to get an in-depth glimpse...

2008-04-03 22:40:00

A world class science project in Britain, dubbed "ËœAlice', is in jeopardy of being moved to the U.S. or Russia due to cuts in Britain's science budget.  The project, conducted at Daresbury labs in Cheshire, is the first particle accelerator of its kind in Europe. The cuts could take effect as early as July, shutting down the project after six years of design and construction and before it has a chance to produce results.Alice, short for Accelerators and Lasers in Combined...

2008-04-01 18:45:00

Paleontologists' vision of the past is becoming remarkably clearer thanks to a revolutionary new "supercamera." Located in Grenoble, France, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) uses an intense light capable of piercing almost any material. Synchrotron technology has benefitted the efforts of French paleontologists such as Paul Tafforeau and Malvina Lak at the University of Rennes who have used the camera to study 640 blocks of opaque amber from the Charentes region in...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'