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February 12, 2015

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have succeeded in switching tiny, magnetic structures using laser light and tracking the change over time. In the process, a nanometre-sized area bizarrely reminiscent of the Batman logo appeared. The research results could render data storage on hard drives faster, more compact and more efficient.

January 30, 2015

Cardiac muscle regeneration with iPS cells is regarded as the next-generation cardiac therapy. To realize this, evaluation of effects of the therapy is necessary. In this research, scientists demonstrated in an animal experiment with a highly advanced X-ray nano-diffraction technique that the contractile proteins in cells that derived from transplanted iPS cells work in synchrony with cardiac muscle cells of the host heart.

January 8, 2015

In a promising lithium-based battery, the formation of a highly conductive silver matrix transforms a material otherwise plagued by low conductivity. To optimize these multi-metallic batteries—and enhance the flow of electricity—scientists needed a way to see where, when, and how these silver, nanoscale "bridges" emerge.

December 15, 2014

All living organisms, from bacteria to humans, rely on proteins to perform their vital functions. How these proteins accomplish their tasks depends on their structure. Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute have now devised a novel method to determine the crystal structure of proteins using X-ray light, which could also hasten the development of new drugs in future. The study will be published in the journal Nature Methods on 15 December.

December 8, 2014

Research groups from CEA, CNRS as well as the SOLEIL and ESRF synchrotrons, have studied compounds formed by compressing N2-H2 mixtures. One of these mixtures, in particular, with the formula (N2)6(H2)7, created a unique structure whereby nitrogen cages surround hydrogen molecules. By applying a very high pressure (higher than 50 GPa), followed by decompression, it was possible to generate both ammonia NH3 and hydrazine N2H4.

November 14, 2014

Scientists at the Canadian Light Source have announced the first shipment of medical isotopes produced in its dedicated linear accelerator.

November 11, 2014

Thanks to research performed at RIKEN's SACLA x-ray free electron laser facility in Japan, the dream of analyzing the structure of large, hard-to-crystallize proteins and other bio molecules has come one step closer to reality.

October 31, 2014

A group of researchers, led by UPC University, has discovered that atoms react differently depending on the characteristics of the catalyst that is used. Part of this study, which has been published today in Science, was performed at the NAPP endstation of CIRCE beamline of ALBA Synchrotron.

October 30, 2014

The search for the next generation of batteries has led researchers at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron to try new methods and materials that could lead to the development of safer, cheaper, more powerful, and longer-lasting power sources, to be used in almost everything, from vehicles to phones.

September 14, 2014

A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as researchers had thought – and that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated.