Construction, Serendipity, and the Synchrotron

If you haven’t noticed, we at TinySci have been quietly and discretely making a series of modifications and improvements to the website to make reading and finding what you’re looking for a whole lot easier. And enjoyable!

One of the major changes is a subtle one for you, but was a major undertaking for us. It involved reconstructing the “interesting pics” page to conform to the content management system in place, rather than be an ordinary static page. You’ll never notice the difference, but it’ll make updating and rotating those pictures a breeze for us.

Also, we’ve added links to the most popular and recent posts. You can dig and find these on your own, but hey, now it’s easier, right?

Finally, to mark the start of a revised look, I dug around for a construction picture in Google. What came up first is what you see. As serendipity would have it, it’s a picture taken during construction of one of the world’s largest synchrotrons.

Don’t worry, I didn’t know what a synchrotron was either.

Turns out a synchrotron is a machine that accelerates electrons at near light-speed, and once there, magnets bend the electrons, producing photons. Or more specifically, ultra-high energy x-rays. In other words, don’t get in the way. Work on this one in the UK, called Diamond was completed last year and a series of interesting scientific discoveries have poured forth.

It seems they have their hand in a variety of science fields, to include virology, biochemistry, engineering, and determining answers to critical unknowns. Like, was Beethoven poisoned?

Hm. Sounds like an interesting topic for a future post.

Source: Diamond

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