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Global Blood Therapeutics Uses ALS to Tackle Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease affects millions of people worldwide and is one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States. The most-used therapy for the disease is a cytotoxic drug with additional negative side effects and variable patient response. Bay Area biopharmaceutical company Global Blood Therapeutics is on a mission to develop a better treatment and is using the ALS to help. More>

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David Shapiro to Lead Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium on Aug. 30

Staff scientist David Shapiro of the Advanced Light Source will speak on “X-ray Ptychography at the Advanced Light Source: a bright tool for nano-science” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Scientists Create ‘Diamond Rain’ That Forms Interior of Icy Giant Planets

A research team that included the ALS’s Roger Falcone observed so-called “diamond rain” in an X-ray laser experiment that simulated extreme conditions that exist in icy giant planets. Those conditions, say scientists, could likely produce giant diamonds weighing hundreds of pounds apiece. Falcone had served as an advisor for the study’s lead author, Dominik Kraus. More>

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A Multifunctional Material With Electric-Field Control

With the flip of a switch, three distinct crystalline phases can be induced in one material, each phase exhibiting different properties desirable for a wide range of applications, from smart windows to spintronics. Soft X-ray techniques at the Advanced Light Source helped verify and clarify the mechanism behind the phase transformations. More>

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DOE Oppenheimer Leadership Program Participants Visit the Lab

The DOE’s Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program develops the next generation of leaders in the science and energy fields. The initiative brings together exceptional early- and mid-career professionals who have the potential to contribute significantly to DOE’s work. The 2017 cohort recently visited the Lab, touring the Advanced Light Source and the Molecular Foundry (pictured).

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Protein Complex Shows Promise for Berkelium Separation

A protein, siderocalin, shows promise for separating berkelium from other actinides. To gain greater insight into how, researchers performed x-ray crystallography on siderocalin-actinide complexes at the Advanced Light Source. More>

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July 26 Talk on Diffraction Limited Storage Rings and Free Electron Lasers

Wolfgang Eberhardt of the Center for Free Electron Laser Science will give a July 26 talk on experiments unique to both DLSR and FEL instruments, emphasizing the need for both types of light source to meet the challenges of future science and society. The event, sponsored by the Advanced Light Source, takes place at 3 p.m. in Building 15-253. More>

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ALS Gives Intel a Closer Look at Microelectronic Packages

Intel has been using the tomography capabilities at the Advanced Light Source’s Beamline 8.3.2 to image microelectronic packages in 3-D at high resolution with short throughput time. This research has provided Intel with valuable information for both failure analysis and product development. More>

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‘Science Friday’ Episode Featured Roman Concrete Study

Advanced Light Source user Marie Jackson from the University of Utah joined Ira Flatow, host of the public-radio talk show “Science Friday,” on July 7 to discuss her work on 2,000-year-old Roman concrete, and what makes this ancient material so durable. More>

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New Studies of Ancient Concrete Teach Us to Do as the Romans Did

A new look inside 2,000-year-old concrete — made from volcanic ash, lime, and seawater — has provided new clues to the evolving chemistry and mineral cements that allow ancient harbor structures to withstand the test of time. More>

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