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From the Director: Speaking out for Australia's future

Content Image InlineWhat do Australians think about in May? The changing weather – always a great topic if you happen to live in Melbourne, your football team's early-season chances of a spot in the finals, and the rapidly approaching federal government budget.

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Research Highlights 2010 - 2012

Content Image InlineAustralian Synchrotron Research Highlights 2010-2012 reports on research outcomes from the Australian Synchrotron.

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Vaccine for coeliac disease closer

Content Image InlineAustralian researchers using the Australian Synchrotron have discovered the 'trigger point' for coeliac disease, which activates the body’s immune response against gluten. This world first, is an important step in developing a vaccine for the condition which affects one in 70 Australians, and a further estimated 330,000 cases that remain undiagnosed.

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Malaria test around the corner

Content Image InlineA fast, accurate and inexpensive test that uses infrared light to detect malaria at a very early stage of its development, could dramatically reduce the number of people who die from the disease, which currently stands at 1.2 million per year.

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Tobacco plants could help fight cancer

Content Image InlineA small peptide molecule that ornamental tobacco plants use to fight off fungal and bacterial infections has the potential to treat cancer in humans, according to a new discovery by Australian researchers.

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Tales from our immune system's front line

Content Image InlineScientists have identified the biochemical signal that wakes up a group of front-line immune cells. The findings will help improve treatment of tuberculosis, peptic ulcers, periodontal disease and inflammatory bowel disease.

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Billions of times faster than the blink of an eye

Content Image InlineAustralian researchers may soon be able to examine the intimate details of chemical reactions and biological processes by collecting information billions of times faster than the blink of an eye.

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How plants fight back

Content Image InlineAustralian researchers have given us a new insight into the way that plants defend themselves against potentially lethal bacterial invaders.

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The tales that fish ears tell

Content Image InlineSurprising but true: fish have ear bones, also called otoliths. Recent work at the Australian Synchrotron has provided crucial information to support the way scientists use otoliths to track the environmental history of fish populations for commercial fisheries as well as threatened species.

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Beamtime applications (May 2014)

Submissions for September-December 2014 (round 2014/3) open on 28 April 2014.

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Photo winners April 2014 (Lightspeed)

Content Image InlineThank you to everyone who entered the October 2013-March 2014 photo competition at the Australian Synchrotron.

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Australian-Italian workshop 2014

On 19-21 May 2014, the Australian Synchrotron will host the sixth Bilateral Italian-Australian School and Workshop, with the theme of ‘Photon and neutron applications to the study of biological and nanoscale systems’.

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Events Diary

Synchrotron-related events in Australia and overseas.

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