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  • Successful test of the MONSTER spectrometer provided new nuclear structure information
    17.04.2019Phys.orgSuccessful test of the MONSTER spectrometer provided new nuclear structure information

    In a landmark experiment at the Accelerator Laboratory of the Department of Physics (JYFL-ACCLAB) at University of Jyväskylä, a beam of the short-lived nuclide 85As was produced through nuclear fission. The research group was …

  • Neutrons paint atomic portrait of prototypical cell signaling enzyme—protein kinase A
    26.03.2019ILL, FranceNeutrons paint atomic portrait of prototypical cell signaling enzyme—protein kinase A

    Direct observations of the structure and catalytic mechanism of a prototypical kinase enzyme—protein kinase A or PKA—will provide researchers and drug developers with significantly enhanced abilities to understand and treat …

  • Neutron experiments reveal proteins which can inhibit amyloid plaque formation
    26.03.2019ILL, FranceNeutron experiments reveal proteins which can inhibit amyloid plaque formation

    New clues about the molecular nature of Alzheimer’s disease.
    Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder that affects memory, thinking skills and other mental abilities. One of the hallmarks of the disease is …

  • 27.03.2019From: MLZ, GermanyToxic and aggressive, but widely used
    Toxic and aggressive, but widely used

    Investigations with neutrons settle scientific dispute about the structure of fluorine.
    In toothpaste, Teflon, LED and medications, it shows its sunny side – but elemental fluorine is extremely aggressive and highly toxic. Attempts to determine the crystal structure of solid fluorine using X-rays ended with explosions 50 years ago. A research team has now clarified the actual structure of the fluorine using neutrons from the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Research Neutron Source (FRM II).

  • 25.03.2019From: Paul Scherrer InstitutCladding tubes and their properties
    Cladding tubes and their properties

    One of the broad research areas at PSI covers the topic of energy. Part of that, in turn, is the research for nuclear energy and safety. And one of the research groups based here is engaged with nuclear fuels. Johannes Bertsch is the head of this group and investigates the importance of so-called cladding tubes and their protective layers.

  • 20.03.2019From: Forschungszentrum Jülich, JCNS, Germany Improved Membranes for Platinum-free Fuel Cells
     Improved Membranes for Platinum-free Fuel Cells

    Scientists from Jülich together with colleagues from Japan have discovered how fuel cell membranes can be improved without the use of rare and expensive precious metals such as platinum. The anion-exchange membranes studied are a key component of certain polymer electrolyte fuel cells and serve to transfer charged particles (anions) while at the same time retaining gases such as oxygen or hydrogen.

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