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The puzzle of the changing nanogold


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...


Researchers find new clues to help solve the missing Xenon paradox that has puzzled geochemists for decades. Credit:CC-Albedo-ukr

In search of the missing xenon


The noble gases, also called rare gases, such as xenon, are the most inert atomic group, but can become reactive under extreme conditions. An international team of scientists used a combination of several synchrotron techniques and ab initio...


How do breast milk components interact with human norovirus?


Norovirus, a highly contagious stomach bug, affects millions of people of all ages around the world. There are very few ways to prevent infections and the disease can be dangerous for babies, since they can quickly become dehydrated. Researchers...


A representation of the fish Rhacolepis buccalis. Credits: D. Silva and F. Tadeu

Getting to the heart of fossils


Scientists have discovered, for the first time, a fossilised heart in a 119 million-year-old fish from Brazil called Rhacolepis. This has been possible thanks to the powerful X-rays of the ESRF, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble,...


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Phonon-mediated mechanism of passive transport through a lipid membrane.

Phonon-mediated passive transport in lipid membranes


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...


Iridescent flexible films of different colours are produced by changing the size of the starting nanospheres.

Iridescent flexible films see the light of day


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...


Self-polymerisation of uromodulin.

3D structure sheds light on the mechanism of uromodulin self-polymerisation


Urinary tract infection is the most common non-epidemic bacterial infection in humans. The urinary tract lacks a mucus layer to shield it against infections and mammals produce a molecular net that captures pathogenic bacteria in the urine and...


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