Category Archives: Blog posts

Everything SAXS – book growth

Finally, I managed to get some time to work on the book again. When I last left it late December, the book structure and base was complete, but its content was missing. This is what I did so far:

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Dr. Helen E. Maynard-Casely chats about planets

What to expect on the surfaces of the more distant planets is a hard question to answer. Fortunately, we have scientists working on this problem. At our institute, we just had the pleasure of hosting a talk by Dr. Maynard-Casely, whose mission is to add a certain amount of evidence-based level-headedness to the discussions. I […]

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Plastic Fantastic Project: printing an Ultra-SAXS machine.

You wouldn’t steal a SAXS machine… Because you can print one! For the last few weeks, I have been playing around with a new little 3D printer in my lab. This one can print structures in ABS plastic, so I thought it would at least be useful for sample holders. Then I started experimenting a […]

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It is the year that will be (2015 edition).

With 2015 already 2% done by the time you read this, you must be wondering what events you can expect from LaN for 2015. Without further ado, a listing of just that:

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It was the year that was (2014 edition).

Recap time! As the years before, 2014 has been a good year for LaN and me. As you know, this year I moved from a twice monthly post to a mostly weekly post, making this the 56th post this year (if my count is correct). Let’s take a look at some of them.

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Draft McPublication open for comments

Recently, I have become quite fond of open publishing procedures, and am already looking at open publishing outlets such as PLOS One, F1000Research and Science Open. For some publications, however, the standard outlets should work just fine. So we went to J. Appl. Cryst. for our latest “software” publication on the Monte Carlo method, McSAS.

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Small-angle Scattering: More than nice curves. [Guest post by M. Gallagher-Jones]

[ed: Marcus Gallagher-Jones just finished his Ph.D. project on VUV and X-ray lasers for imaging of biological macromolecules] I was happy to receive an invitation from Brian to write a post for his blog. I can honestly say that I owe a good deal of my knowledge of SAXS from helpful discussions with Brian and […]

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CANCELLED: Looking at Nothing on Re-tour

[note: Unfortunately I have to cancel this trip altogether, due to a serious injury in the family, and will not be able to speak at these occasions] I will be heading to ILL to join Martin on SANS beamtime. At the same time, I am taking the opportunity to give my 2014 talk twice more. […]

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The Dark Side of Science.

A little step sideways from small-angle scattering for this week’s post. As you are probably aware by now, I sometimes use the LaN weblog to crystallize ideas into something resembling a coherent story. This is needs to be done now, as I am preparing another presentation (due late January), one that covers a tangential topic […]

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Error estimation using Fourier Transforms

Estimating uncertainties on data values has always been an important and under-emphasized part of small-angle scattering. Uncertainties are critical to your data: they tell you what is most likely a real difference, and what is probably just measurement noise. Fortunately, many datasets come complete with data uncertainties, but there are still quite a few cases […]

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