From the Acting Director: Building the Future

Content Image Inline With the New Year 2011 barely begun, major developments are already well underway at the Australian Synchrotron.

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Up to Speed

Content Image Inline This month our short interview features Andrew Peele, the new head of science at the Australian Synchrotron.

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Designer drugs to treat HIV/AIDS

Content Image Inline Designing drugs that can help 30 million adults and children living with HIV is an ongoing battle made worse by the virus’s ability to develop resistance to some existing drugs. Melbourne researchers are using the Australian Synchrotron to help identify potential new drugs to address the resistance problem.

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Beamtime Applications

Beamtime submissions for round 2011/2 (June-September 2011) open on 8 February 2011.

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Synchrotrons in the News

What ammonites ate
Study reveals clear view of asthma
Cleavage reveals new electronic layer
Two-step enzyme clue to golden staph
Synchrotron aims to produce medical isotopes

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Watch these spaces

Content Image Inline Some sections of the Australian Synchrotron grounds have been transformed into busy construction sites, with the commencement of several major building projects. New parking arrangements are in place.

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MASSIVE Progress

The new MASSIVE high performance computing facility at the Australian Synchrotron and Monash University is taking shape, with the installation of equipment, operating systems, software and a fibre optic cable linking the two sites.


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Editor's Note: An apology to the Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

In the 2010 December issue of Lightspeed, our publication highlighted the development of the TARDIS/My TARDIS system; a software solution, developed by Monash computer scientists to make data more accessible, easier to interpret, verify and report.

The software solution was developed to assist the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and Australian Synchrotron in their efforts to store and manage the large volumes of data generated by scientific experiments.

While the LightSpeed article talked about the purpose of the solution, the collaborating partners and the benefits of TARDIS, it failed to mention the funder of the project being the Australian National Data services (ANDS).

The Australian Synchrotron would like to formally apologise for this omission.

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Events Diary

Synchrotron-related events in Australia and overseas.

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Space for Your Event

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Careers at the Australian Synchrotron

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