Light plays a vital role in our daily lives, and so do light-based technologies such as the Australian Synchrotron.

An unusual and very exciting form of carbon that you may have created yourself, the last time you put pencil to paper, looks to hold the key to real-time, high throughput DNA sequencing, a technique that would revolutionise medical research and testing.

The Synchrotron’s new Head of Industry Engagement and Communication is keen to drive even stronger engagement with stakeholders and greater understanding of the tremendous work enabled by the synchrotron.

Researchers have revealed that human breast milk forms highly organised structures during digestion in the body. The process appears to be a key part of releasing the milk’s nutrients to ensure healthy infant development.

Melbourne researchers have used the Australian Synchrotron to obtain a detailed picture of how protein toxins punch holes in membranes.

Talking in a language that industry can understand and helping industry stakeholders recognise how the synchrotron can help them were key themes of a special Industry Breakfast, held at the Park Hyatt in early March.

It’s like your noise-cancelling headphones but it operates at much higher frequencies. Accelerator physicists have implemented a way to counter the sideways motion of the electron bunches that travel at near-light speed inside the Australian Synchrotron.

Abstract submissions open 1 June for the Australian Synchrotron User Meeting 2015.

Welcome to 2015. Lightspeed is now much shorter, we have a new Head of Industry Engagement & Communications, and we’re holding an open day this year!

New findings about how human immune cells in human skin detect fat-like molecules called lipids that can indicate an infection may help in the fight against infections, allergies and cancer.