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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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Taking high-speed snapshots of living cells with an X-ray laser

X-ray imaging method captures living cells with unprecedented speed and resolution

17-Feb-2015

An international team led by Uppsala University and including scientists from DESY and the European XFEL has for the first time successfully imaged whole living bacterial cells with an X-ray laser. The method used in this experiment can produce results that are of higher spatial and temporal ...

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X-ray pulses uncover free nanoparticles for the first time in 3-D

'Super microscope' reveals unexpected variety of shapes

10-Feb-2015

For the first time, a German-American research team has determined the three-dimensional shape of free-flying silver nanoparticles, using DESY's X-ray laser FLASH. The tiny particles, hundreds of times smaller than the width of a human hair, were found to exhibit an unexpected variety of shapes, ...

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New research paves the way for nano-movies of biomolecules

Scientists use X-ray laser as ultra slow-motion camera

08-Dec-2014

An international team, including scientists from DESY, has caught a light sensitive biomolecule at work with an X-ray laser. The study proves that X-ray lasers can capture the fast dynamics of biomolecules in ultra slow-motion, as the scientists led by Prof. Marius Schmidt from the University of ...

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X-ray vision of photosynthesis

New technique facilitates analysis of biomolecules in a near-natural state

07-Nov-2014

Photosynthesis is one of the most important processes in nature. The complex method by which all green plants harvest sunlight and thereby produce the oxygen in our air is still not fully understood. Researchers have used DESY's X-ray light source PETRA III to investigate a photosynthesis ...

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Researchers Develop a New Type of X-ray Lens

A lamellar lens prototype has been successfully tested at DESY

08-Oct-2014

Researchers have taken an important step towards developing a new X-ray lens made of diamond. A team of scientists from the Technische Universität (TU) Dresden and Technische Universität Chemnitz as well as from DESY have successfully tested a new lens design. The group working with DESY Leading ...

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Researchers watch lipid molecules in motion

X-ray stroboscope offers new insights into biomolecular dynamics

12-Sep-2014

Researchers from Göttingen in collaboration with colleagues from Augsburg have 'filmed' the movement of lipid molecules using an X-ray stroboscope at DESY. In the scientific journal Physical Review Letters, researchers lead by Professor Tim Salditt of the University of Göttingen report that ...

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