Some of the latest news from the EIROs
ESO, 30 July 2014 ALMA Finds Double Star with Weird and Wild Planet-forming Discs Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the binary system HK Tauri. These new ALMA observations provide the clearest picture ever of protoplanetary discs in a double star.
ILL, 29 July 2014 Scientists separate a particle from its properties First experimental observation of a 'Quantum Cheshire Cat‘ could help to perform high precision measurements of quantum systems. The idea of a Quantum Cheshire Cat was proposed theoretically last year. It is based on the well known character from Alice in Wonderland who can vanish leaving his smile behind.
CERN, 28 July 2014 CERN looks to the future for the second edition of TEDxCERN Following the success of the first TEDxCERN event last year, CERN1 will be hosting a second TEDx conference on 24 September 2014 on the theme “Forward: Charting the future with science”. Some 15 speakers will present their innovative and ambitious projects, which apply science to respond to problems facing the world today and prepare for those of tomorrow.
EMBL, 24 July 2014 Fighting bacteria – with viruses Research published today in PLOS Pathogens reveals how viruses called bacteriophages destroy the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. diff), which is becoming a serious problem in hospitals and healthcare institutes, due to its resistance to antibiotics. The study, by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Hamburg, Germany, could help bring about a new way of fighting this and other bacteria.
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.