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The Amati violin in IMAT, ISIS.
Son et lumière: neutrons illuminate the secrets of our musical heritage

Friday 24 March 2017

All cultures have music in some form, and the instruments used to produce it - and the tonal qualities they are designed to produce – change over time. Historical instruments are an important part of our cultural heritage, and scientific examination can help us to determine lost details about how the instruments were manufactured, and when, and provide us with important information to assist with their conservation.

Phase separation of solutions
Investigating the structure of a new class of concentrated metal-amine liquids

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Metal-amine solutions have been a fascinating curiosity since their discovery by Sir Humphry Davy in 1808. These colourful ‘metal solutions’ are in a class of their own because they contain solvated electrons, and therefore offer us the opportunity to study fundamental physical phenomena.

Prostate Stones
No stone left unturned to solve 12,000-year-old medical mystery

Thursday 16 March 2017

A mystery surrounding three stone-like objects found within the pelvic region of a 12,000-year-old human skeleton has been solved thanks to the analytical capability of the UK’s neutron beam research facility.

Catalytic converters
New insights into nanoceria synthesis using Sandals

Friday 10 February 2017

Scientists from the Universities of Bath and Cambridge have developed a new, green synthetic route for cerium oxide (ceria) – an important component in catalytic converters and solid oxide fuel cells – using neutron diffraction to determine the mechanism of reaction.

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