Some of the latest news from the EIROs
ESRF, 18 July 2014 First joint ESRF-ILL international student summer programme in full swing The first ever international student summer programme being jointly hosted by the European Synchrotron (the ESRF) and the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) is in full swing. 18 students from countries all over Europe are at the European Photon and Neutron (EPN) science campus, to spend four weeks of their summer working in a research group either at ILL or the ESRF.
European XFEL, 15 July 2014 UK invests in European XFEL user consortium The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), and the Wellcome Trust, all based in the United Kingdom, will contribute 5.64 M£ (about 7 M€) towards a user consortium at the European XFEL.
ILL, 10 July 2014 Neutron crystallography solves long-standing biological mystery An international team of researchers led by the University of Leicester and the Institut Laue-Langevin have solved a long-standing mystery in biology by identifying the structure of a vital enzyme intermediate. The debate – which has raged within the scientific community for years – boils down to something as simple as a hydrogen atom: is it there, or not?
ESO, 9 July 2014 VLT Clears Up Dusty Mystery A group of astronomers has been able to follow stardust being made in real time — during the aftermath of a supernova explosion. For the first time they show that these cosmic dust factories make their grains in a two-stage process, starting soon after the explosion, but continuing for years afterwards.
ESRF, 3 July 2014 The ESRF launches the second phase of its Upgrade Programme The ESRF Council has expressed unanimous support for the implementation of the second phase of the ESRF Upgrade Programme and approved the related Technical Design Report. Over the next six years, the ESRF plans to bring into operation a new synchrotron X-ray source, housed in the existing buildings, and replacing the present machine operational since 1992.
ESO, 2 July 2014 A Stellar Womb Shaped and Destroyed by its Ungrateful Offspring The little-known cloud of cosmic gas and dust called Gum 15 is the birthplace and home of hot young stars. Beautiful and deadly, these stars mould the appearance of their mother nebula and, as they progress into adulthood, will eventually also be the death of her.
EMBL, 2 July 2014 Surprisingly stable long-distance relationships Contrary to what was thought, sequences of DNA called enhancers – which control a gene’s output – find their targets long before they are activated during embryonic development, scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, have found.