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Scientists film exploding nanoparticles

Imaging nanoscale dynamics with unparalleled detail and speed

08-Feb-2016

Using a super X-ray microscope, an international research team has “filmed” the explosion of single nanoparticles. The team led by Tais Gorkhover from Technische Universität Berlin, currently working at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the U.S. as a fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation, ...

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Scientists X-ray protein crystals inside cells

Novel approach to unveil the structure of challenging biomolecules

22-Jan-2016

Scientists from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory EMBL have teamed up with experts from DESY and the U.S. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to X-ray protein crystals naturally produced within biological cells. The study at the world's currently most powerful X-ray laser LCLS at SLAC ...

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Why van Gogh's Sunflowers are wilting

Analysis of chrome based colors at DESY

22-Oct-2015

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is famous for his use of bright yellow colours. The Dutch painter used so-called chrome yellows, a class of compounds consisting of lead, chromium and oxygen. "There are different shades of the pigment, and not all of them are photochemically stable over time," ...

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X-rays reveal electron puddles in ceramic superconductors

Study advances understanding of high-temperature superconductivity

21-Sep-2015

Using high-energy X-rays, an international team of scientists has discovered a surprising inner structure of a special class of superconductors: Within these so-called high-temperature superconductors, the electrons form puddles of varying sizes throughout the material. This finding helps to ...

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Filming the film: Scientists observe photographic exposure live at the nanoscale

Advanced method opens up new opportunities for investigation of dynamic processes

11-Jun-2015

Photoinduced chemical reactions are responsible for many fundamental processes and technologies, from energy conversion in nature to micro fabrication by photo-lithography. One process that is known from everyday's life and can be observed by the naked eye, is the exposure of photographic film. ...

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Novel X-ray lens sharpens view into the nano world

DESY team produces high-power X-ray lens

03-Jun-2015

A team led by DESY scientists has designed, fabricated and successfully tested a novel X-ray lens that produces sharper and brighter images of the nano world. The lens employs an innovative concept to redirect X-rays over a wide range of angles, making a high convergence power. The larger the ...

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Scientists X-ray chocolate

08-May-2015

An X-ray study carried out at DESY allows to improve the quality of chocolate. The study offers new insights into the formation of fat bloom, an unwelcome white layer that occasionally forms on chocolate. "Although fat blooming is perfectly harmless, it causes millions in damage to the food ...

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X-ray laser reveals structure of blood pressure regulator

Promising step towards new and better medication

28-Apr-2015

With a sophisticated X-ray analysis, a US-German team of scientists has solved the molecular structure of an important regulator for blood pressure in the human body. The study gives new insights into the function of this regulator and could aid the development of new medication with less ...

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Scientists X-ray anti-inflammatory drug candidates

Study resolves molecular structures of Spiegelmers for the first time

24-Apr-2015

Using DESY's ultra bright X-ray source PETRA III, scientists have decoded the molecular and three-dimensional structure of two promising drug candidates from the new group of Spiegelmers for the first time. The results provide a deeper understanding of the mode of action of these substances that ...

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Researchers snap giant virus in 3-D

Study demonstrates potential of future X-ray laser investigations

06-Mar-2015

Using the world´s most powerful X-ray laser, an international team of researchers, including scientists from DESY, have produced a 3-D image of an intact, infectious virus. The experiment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the U.S. reveals part of the inner structure of the Mimivirus, ...

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