Over the years, I have followed several radiation safety courses in a variety of countries. Last week, it was NIMS’ turn to train me. As this was given in Japanese (a language I can only half follow), I decided to write my own section on radiation safety instead (for future inclusion in the book). This will draw on personal experience, things I remember from previous trainings and google’d knowledge, but I am fairly sure much of this is correct. Nevertheless, it is only in draft stage, and will still require an expert check, so use this at your own discretion.
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 will do my best to summarize the contents of her excellent and engaging talk. Read more »
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 bit more… Read more »
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. Read more »
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. Read more »
[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 from reading LaN. Over the years we’ve shared a country, a workplace, and one more important thing: a scattering geometry. So without further ado I’m delighted to introduce to you the technique which has occupied my time for much of the past four years, Coherent Diffractive Imaging (CDI). Read more »
[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. I will be talking thanks to two excellent scientists at ESRF and Université Paris-Sud. Read more »