The photo competition has been extended to 30 January 2013. All photos submitted for the September-October competition will be considered in the extended round.

Four synchrotron employees recently found themselves addressing a major challenge for Australian science in which the main focus was not research, but how best to communicate with politicians.

Around 850 year 12 physics students took part in synchrotron laboratory sessions between July and October 2012. Ninety-seven per cent of their teachers would recommend a synchrotron visit to others.

The AS regularly hosts visits by high school and university students to help ensure that the next generation of Australian scientists can make even greater use of synchrotron techniques now considered essential for international research efforts.

Recreating the environmental conditions experienced on the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn sounds like an impossible task, but that’s what Helen Maynard-Casely is doing at the Australian Synchrotron. A journey to the centre of the planets is also in her sights.

Queensland researchers have revealed new details of how nerve cells communicate with each other, and how cells take up glucose from the blood in response to insulin.

Beamtime submissions for round 2013/1 (January-May 2013) at the Australian Synchrotron open 22 August 2012. Applications for the International Synchrotron Access Program close 28 August 2012.

Make a note in your diary: 29-30 November 2012 is the date of the next AS user meeting.

The Australian Synchrotron regularly holds tours, laboratory sessions, seminars and workshops tailored to the needs of existing users, new users, and tertiary and high school students.

More space, more-powerful computers and more exciting experiments! The new education laboratory in the National Centre for Synchrotron Science (NCSS) building at the AS can comfortably accommodate a whole class and a wider range of experiments.