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metalloenzymes, Optimo algorithm, climate change

Scientists Decipher Key Principle Behind Reaction of Metalloenzymes

What enables electrons to be transferred swiftly, for example during photosynthesis? An interdisciplinary team of researchers has worked out the details of how important...
X-ray microscopy

Novel Lenses Enable X-Ray Microscopy with Record Resolution

Scientists at DESY have developed novel lenses that enable X-ray microscopy with record resolution in the nanometre regime. Using new materials, the research team...
drug discovery

A Mixtape for Drug Discovery

Many proteins in the body are potential drug targets. Pharmaceutical molecules with the correct shape can bind to these proteins and activate or deactivate...
graphite

Scientists Watch Diamond Turn into Graphite

In a surprising achievement, a team of scientists has turned diamond into graphite, using an X-ray laser. What may seem undesirable at first glance,...
x-ray beam

Crystals in a Pink X-Ray Beam

A newly developed experimental set-up allows the X-ray structure determination of biomolecules such as proteins with far smaller samples and shorter exposure times than...
imaging techniques

Diffused Light shows Clear Structures

Scientists gain an insight into the fascinating world of atoms and molecules using x-ray microscopes. Ground-breaking research by physicists at FAU, the Deutsches Elektronen...
data storage

Nanoswirls for Tomorrow’s Data Storage

Magnetic swirls called skyrmions are considered to be a promising potential means of achieving more efficient data storage technology and are currently the subject...
X-ray analysis

X-ray Analyses with Significantly Enhanced Resolution

Physicists from the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Nuremberg-Erlangen (FAU) and DESY have worked out a new technique that could significantly improve the quality of X-ray analysis...
light-emitting diodes

Red, Green, Yellow, Blue …

Unlike our old friend the incandescent lightbulb, light-emitting diodes (or LEDs) produce light of a defined color within the spectral range from the infrared...
X-ray Pulses

Abrupt Motion Sharpens X-ray Pulses

A team of theoretical and experimental physicists lead by the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK) has developed and realized a method to...
molecular motor

Microwaves Reveal Detailed Structure of Molecular Motor

A team of scientists has used microwaves to unravel the exact structure of a tiny molecular motor. The nano-machine consists of just a single...
Spintronics

Spin Currents Switch at Terahertz Frequencies

The technology of spintronics is based on the intrinsic spin of electrons. In the medium term, it is set to replace electronics as the...
X-ray laser

First Atomic Structure of an Intact Virus Deciphered with an X-ray...

An international team of scientists has for the first time used an X-ray free-electron laser to unravel the structure of an intact virus particle...
crystals

Jumping Crystals Produce Sound Waves

Scientists have been fascinated by thermosalient crystals for some time: when placed on a hotplate, these inconspicuous crystals suddenly propel themselves upwards, leaping to...
Meteorite

High-pressure Experiments Solve Meteorite Mystery

With high-pressure experiments at DESY's X-ray light source PETRA III and other facilities, a research team around Leonid Dubrovinsky from the University of Bayreuth...
phospholipid

Vesicle Origami

For the first time, scientists have observed a phosphorus-containing lipid molecule that assembles by itself to form cubes. Research carried out at facilities including...
molecular black hole

X-ray Pulses Create “Molecular Black Hole”

The researchers used the free-electron laser LCLS at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the US to bath iodomethane (CH3I) molecules in intense X-ray...
plasma cells

Periodic Modulation Tweaks Innovative Particle Accelerators

Scientists in Hamburg have come up with an ingenious way of improving so-called plasma accelerators, which are considered promising candidates to become the particle...
x-ray laser

Biggest X-ray Laser in the World Generates Its First Laser Light

Joint press release of DESY and European XFEL In the metropolitan region of Hamburg, the European XFEL, the biggest X-ray laser in the world, has...