Wednesday, April 2, 2008

ESRF - Ants

Super Duper X-Ray Machine!

X-raying amber: The phase contrast micro-tomography employed at ESRF allows scientists to virtually extract the insect from the amber. This is a wasp from the family Falciformicidae.

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility

From my former life - I used to be part of the international management of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble. I have very good memories from Grenoble.

They discovered synchrotron radiation as a disturbing side effect at CERN. As an astrophysicist you know ALL about electromagnetic waves - including the fascinating synchrotron radiation (which may be described as highly intense and focused x-ray radiation).

Discovering dino bugs in opaque amber is one really cool application of the super duper X-ray machine! :-)

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