“To do really interesting science, you will have to use both neutrons and x-rays.”

Victoria’s six Young Tall Poppy scientists for 2011 include two Australian Synchrotron users: Matthew Hill from CSIRO and David Turner from Monash University.

Beamtime submissions for round 2012/2 (May-August 2012) close on 15 February 2012.

The Australian Synchrotron has an ongoing photo competition for staff, users and visitors. The rules are simple: your photographs must have been taken at the Australian Synchrotron, and professional photographers are not eligible to enter the competition.

The next deadline is Friday 16 March 2012. (All photos submitted since December 2011 will be included in this round of judging.)


With the end of 2011 rapidly approaching, it’s time to say thank you to the thousands of people who have helped to make this such an amazing year for the Australian Synchrotron.

This month our short interview features Peter Jones from the Australian Synchrotron’s accelerator operations team.

The discovery of a new component of the immune system – a new type of natural killer T-cell – has important implications for our understanding of the immune system and how we might combat immune diseases.

An iron-enriched rice variety produced by Melbourne and Adelaide researchers could help solve mineral deficiency problems that currently affect billions of people around the world.

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An international team led by Adelaide researchers has revealed important new details of how selenium begins to fight cancer cells.

Despite being unable to make cups of coffee or arrange pizza deliveries, AutoRickshaw is a crystallographer’s dream come true, solving crystal structures within minutes of data collection.