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Space Dust Analysis Could Provide Clues to Solar System Origins

New studies of space dust captured by NASA’s Stardust Interstellar Dust Collector have shown that interstellar particles may be much more complex in structure and composition than previously thought. ­The tiny particles could give scientists chemical clues about the origins of our solar system. More>

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Stimulating Insulin Production in the Fight Against Type-II Diabetes

Adult-onset diabetes affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. New treatments have centered on targeting the human receptor protein GPR40 to enhance sugar-dependent insulin secretion. Recently, Takeda researchers published their drug’s mechanism of action using protein structures solved at the ALS’s Berkeley Center for Structural Biology. More>

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ALS User Develops Drug to Help Save Lives of Ebola Victims

With the Ebola virus outbreak worsening and the news of two Americans recovering thanks to a cutting-edge drug treatment, structural biologist Erica Ollmann Saphire (front) has been thrust into the news. She says the attention helps shed light on the importance of public funding for basic research. More>

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Preschooler Science Enthusiast Piques Minds and Wins Hearts

His father wrote Lab protocol officer Nicole Pagano to see if his son, who loves chemistry and has memorized the periodic table, could get a tour. She arranged for him to visit the Advanced Light Source along with its Director Roger Falcone (left), the Building 50 historical exhibit with Deputy Director Horst Simon, and the Molecular Foundry. More>

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Validating Computer-Designed Proteins for Vaccines

Computationally designed proteins that accurately mimic key viral structures can help produce better vaccines. The resulting protein structures, validated at the Advanced Light Source, encourage the further development of this strategy for a variety of vaccine targets, including HIV and influenza. More>

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Register Now for the 2014 ALS User Meeting

Highlights of the Oct. 6-8 meeting include plenary sessions on the facility’s scientific and technical achievements, a historical overview, and a look a future prospects. Featured speakers include user Erica Saphire, discussing how she has used the ALS for her Ebola research. The event also includes a vendor fair. More>

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Advanced Light Source Sets Microscopy Record

Researchers at the ALS used “soft” X-rays to image structures only five nanometers in size. This resolution is the highest ever achieved with X-ray microscopy and may have ushered in a new era for nanoscale imaging. More>

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For the Birds: The Magic of Color in Feathers

The beauty and wild colors of bird feathers are derived from the combinations of relatively few molecules. Research at the Advanced Light Source shows that the expression of colors (or melanin), depends on the proportion of the molecules. More>

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Iron is Key to Preserving Dinosaur Soft Tissue

Researchers studying organic material from dinosaur bones have shown that the organic material in the samples contained original soft tissue material from Mesozoic dinosaurs. The x-ray techniques at the ALS were key to showing a possible mechanism for this unexpected preservation. More>

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SPOT Suite Transforms Beamline Science

Some science mysteries can only be explained on a nanometer scale, with the help of synchrotron light sources. But a recent deluge of data is making it harder to process and analyze data. The ALS, Computational Research Division, and National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center have teamed to help make this process more streamlined. More>

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