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  • 13 Sep 2017

    Scientist combines medicine and engineering to repair a damaged heart

    Regenerating heart muscle tissue using a 3D printer – once the stuff of Star Trek science fiction – now appears to be firmly in the realm of the possible. The combination of the Canadian Light Source synchrotron’s unique biomedical imaging and therapy (BMIT) beamline and the vision of a ...

  • 06 Sep 2017

    Canadian Light Source and University of Saskatchewan attract international synchrotron expert as new machine director

    Saskatoon, Sask. – Mark Boland begins his new dual role this week as the machine director for the Canadian Light Source and as an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan. “I’ve had the privilege of working with Mark for ...

  • 29 Aug 2017

    Researchers develop technique to reuse carbon dioxide and methane, slowing climate change

    Reusing carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane waste emissions from industrial sources is closer to reality thanks to recent findings from a project conducted at the Canadian Light Source and the University of Saskatchewan. CLS scientist Dr. Yongfeng Hu & Dr. Hui Wang, University of ...

  • 29 Aug 2017

    August 2017 eNews

      Call for proposals deadline is tomorrow, Wednesday, at noon The deadline to submit a proposal for experimental beam time for cycle 27, which will run from January to June 2018, is Wednesday at noon (CST). Research time allocated through the General User mechanism is via competitive peer ...

  • 31 Jul 2017

    July 2017 eNews

    Annual highlights report, call for proposals, data analysis webinar, and more in the July 2017 eNews Annual highlights report is now available Our annual highlights report for 2016-2017 is now available. Check out some of the interesting research conducted at the CLS in the past ...

  • 06 Jul 2017

    Researchers develop new approach to weaken the ability of some viruses to evade the immune system

    Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic fever virus and a number of other viruses have the ability to block the immune system during infection, but a novel approach to fight back could soon be available. “Emerging viruses pose a tremendous challenge to human ...

  • 28 Jun 2017

    June 2017 eNews

    UAC reorganization, changes to building access, Bancroft award winner, and more... Users’ Advisory Committee reorganization update The Users’ Advisory Committee (UAC) has recently been disbanded in preparation for a reorganization that we hope will give the user community a stronger ...

  • 28 Jun 2017

    3D imaging seeks to explain reason for higher DNA yields from smaller bones

    Bones tell a person’s story long after they have passed away and researchers are learning that even the tiniest of bones shouldn’t be overlooked. Dr. Janna Andronowski “Bone is a living record,” said Dr. Janna Andronowski, post-doctoral and CIHR-THRUST fellow at the University ...

  • 27 Jun 2017

    Researchers make connection between the oceans’ organic carbon and iron

    Concordia University researchers have a better understanding of why the world’s oceans are the largest carbon sink as a result of organic carbon remaining on the ocean floor rather than being released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Andrew Barber and Dr. Yves Gélinas with lab members ...

  • 31 May 2017

    May 2017 eNews

    Scientists make important discovery around antibiotic resistance Researchers from McGill University have discovered why superbugs are resistant to certain antibiotics and are one step closer to finding new treatments. “Superbugs have different tricks up their sleeves on how to resist ...

  • 18 May 2017

    Protecting fisheries from disease: understanding infectious salmon anemia virus entry

    Research led by University of Toronto graduate student Jonathan Cook and his supervisor Dr. Jeffrey Lee, employing X-ray crystallography at the Canadian Light Source, has provided a better understanding of how infectious salmon anemia virus (ISAV) attaches to cells and infects. These results ...

  • 03 May 2017

    Scientists make important discovery around antibiotic resistance

    Researchers from McGill University have discovered why superbugs are resistant to certain antibiotics and are one step closer to finding new treatments. “Superbugs have different tricks up their sleeves on how to resist antibiotics. We became interested in looking at how they resist these ...

  • 28 Apr 2017

    April 2017 eNews

    Catalyst developed by U of S researchers is better for environment Using the Canadian Light Source, a chemical engineering team at the University of Saskatchewan has found a possible pathway to reduce production costs and improve environmental performance in Canada’s oil sands ...

  • 26 Apr 2017

    Art and science meet at Dans la Mesure/Within Measure exhibition

    The Canadian Light Source provided the inspiration for an immersive video installation and experimental art-science exhibition now open at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery at the University of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon-based new media artist and sculptor Jean-Sébastian Gauthier adopted diverse for ...

  • 13 Apr 2017

    Catalyst developed by U of S researchers is better for environment

    Using the Canadian Light Source, a chemical engineering team at the University of Saskatchewan has found a possible pathway to reduce production costs and improve environmental performance in Canada’s oil sands industry. Drs. Dalai (l) and Badoga (r) Post-doctoral fellow Dr. Sandeep ...

  • 29 Mar 2017

    March 2017 eNews

    Innovation150 comes to Saskatoon Science is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with festivals across Canada. Innovation150 Saskatchewan Festival begins this weekend. Public Lecture by 2015 Nobel Prize-winner Art McDonald at the University of Saskatchewan Quantum: the Exhibition at ...

  • 28 Mar 2017

    Researchers pinpoint source of arsenic in water along the Yangtze River

    Researchers are unravelling the mysteries of why arsenic levels in water in the Jianghan Plain, off the Yangtze River in China, undergo fluctuations throughout the year. Michael Schaefer Sometimes groundwater concentrations in the region exceed the World Health Organization standard of 10 ...

  • 01 Mar 2017

    Research team identifies new markers involved in cancer progression

    Dr. Saroj Kumar  Scientists have identified, for the first time, increased levels of several chemicals occurring in cancer-activated cells, which will help them understand what is happening in early stage cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canadian w ...

  • 28 Feb 2017

    February 2017 eNews

    CLS strengthens ties with MAX IV Laboratory in Sweden CLS CEO Dr. Robert Lamb, was in Lund, Sweden, on Feb. 22, to sign a memorandum of understanding with MAX IV Laboratory. The two research facilities will collaborate closely in a partnership that will continue to advance science and innovation ...

  • 22 Feb 2017

    Canadian and Swedish light sources cooperating to advance science and innovation

    The King of Sweden and the Governor General of Canada preside over MOU signing ceremony between MAX IV Laboratory and the Canadian Light Source Lund, Sweden – The Canadian Light Source is strengthening ties with the synchrotron in Sweden as it continues to advance science and innovat ...

  • 14 Feb 2017

    Scientists develop tool for studying ancient civilizations

    Canadian Light Source scientists have discovered a way to determine if lead found in bones is the result of contamination after burial or because of exposure during a person’s lifetime. “We are very excited to be working on this because we see it as a way to add a new tool to the toolkit of ...

  • 10 Feb 2017

    Canadian Light Source scientist presenting at Canada150 Future Thinkers Speakers Series

    Saskatchewan is home to the brightest light in Canada —­ millions of times brighter than the sun. “We have this most amazing machine, but really it’s all about the people,” says Dr. Robert Blyth, science projects manager at the Canadian Light Source, a national research facility located ...

  • 31 Jan 2017

    January 2017 eNews

    Call for proposals issued CLS allocates research time for general users through a competitive peer review that emphasizes the excellence of science where there is intent to publish scientific results. A call for proposals for experimental beam time is issued twice a year.  The deadline for ...

  • 17 Jan 2017

    Mapping the inner ear

    Delicate surgery to restore hearing improved by imaging  Images produced by the CLS (top right) as compared to typical micro-CT images (top left). The resulting CLS images help develop a detailed atlas for the inner ear. Images courtesy of Dr. Mai Elfarnawamy. Surgeons rely on medical ...

  • 09 Jan 2017

    U of S flagship research centres awarded $69M to advance innovation

    SASKATOON, SK -- Three unique-in-Canada research centres at the University of Saskatchewan have been awarded almost $69 million in federal funding, enabling them to stay at the forefront of international science in protecting human and animal health, developing new medical imaging techniques and ...

  • 31 Dec 2016

    December 2016 eNews

    Major Infrastructure Projects Applications Deadline CLS is now starting to look to potential future projects and at this stage we are inviting interested scientific leaders to tell us what major infrastructure projects they would like to see at the CLS in the next few years. Apply ...

  • 06 Dec 2016

    Study of 170-year-old thumbnail uncovers mystery of Franklin Expedition

    U of S and Canadian Light Source contribute to discovery SASKATOON, SK. It’s long been thought that crew members of the mid-1800s Franklin Expedition died from exposure to high levels of lead on the expedition. But new research—using advanced imaging and analytical tools at the University ...

  • 01 Dec 2016

    November 2016 E-News

    Results of the Call General user results are in and applicants have been notified. Due to the installation of new infrastructure in the spring of 2017, the number of available shifts has been reduced, resulting in a more competitive round of allocation. Of the 239 ...

  • 28 Nov 2016

    Peering inside blown-up batteries

    Imaging lithium ion batteries to improve performance and safety Maybe you’ve noticed your phone is running hot, or the battery life just isn’t what it used to be.  Perhaps you tried taking a peek at the battery pack, only to discover that the battery has swollen up like a pillow. When a ...

  • 01 Nov 2016

    October 2016 E-News

    10 Years of Crystallography 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the first crystal diffraction image collected at CMCF (shown left). Since the first data was collected and the first peer-reviewed article published in 2006, the CLS has become a hub of activity for ...

  • 26 Oct 2016

    Understanding the path of syphilis

    Research team uses the Canadian Light Source to help discover new information about how syphilis infections work In 2001, new cases of syphilis around the world hit at an all-time low. Since then, the number of new cases has kept growing. “It’s a highly invasive pathogen,” says Dr. ...

  • 05 Oct 2016

    Stuck on oyster adhesive

    Research team uses beamtime at the Canadian Light Source to examine the adhesive made by the Eastern oyster and to help preserve vital coastal ecosystems By examining the materials created by one creature, oyster adhesive, Dr. Rebecca Metzler and her team can contribute to the large task of ...

  • 31 Aug 2016

    August 2016 E-News

    Call for proposals for Cycle 25 (Jan-June 2017) closes August 31 at noon Synchrotron Infrared Nano-Spectroscopy: SINS at the CLS 2015-2016 Annual Highlights now available  Users' Advisory Committee Election Results Improving food security and livelihoods for rural West Africa    ...

  • 10 Aug 2016

    Mapping a future for Alberta’s oil sands

    Scientists using the Canadian Light Source are working to understand how current reclamation methods could shape the future of oil sands mine sites and how their surrounding environments may be affected over time. Matt Lindsay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences ...

  • 03 Aug 2016

    Improving food security and livelihoods for rural West Africa

    Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa face daunting challenges: from high fertilizer costs to unstable rainfall patterns and poor soil quality, growing more food isn’t easy. And it is vital for ongoing food security that the area continue growing crop production, which currently increases by about 1 ...

  • 05 Jul 2016

    July 2016 E-News

    Call for Proposals Order of Canada: Dr. T.K. Sham and Robert Sawyer Trapped electrons cause battery inefficiency Team maps molecular interactions at the point of conception CLS Graduate and Post-Doctoral Student Travel Support           New staff and now hiring   1. Ca ...

  • 28 Jun 2016

    Trapped electrons to blame for lack of battery efficiency

    Forget mousetraps—today’s scientists will get the cheese if they manage to build a better battery. An international team led by Texas A&M University chemist Sarbajit Banerjee is one step closer, thanks to new research published June 28 in the journal Nature Communications that has the ...

  • 20 Jun 2016

    Light source helps development of safe and durable high-temperature lithium-sulfur batteries

    Safety has always been a major concern for electric vehicles, especially preventing fire and explosion incidents with the best possible battery technologies. Lithium-sulfur batteries are considered as the most promising candidate for EVs due to their ultra-high energy density, which is over 5 ...

  • 15 Jun 2016

    Scientists Map Molecular Interactions at Point of Conception

    By Jim Oldfield and Heidi Singer, University of Toronto Researchers at the University of Toronto have uncovered the first interactions between the human sperm and egg — the initial steps in the creation of human life. The discovery lays a foundation to better understand fertilization and could ...

  • 10 May 2016

    Quick cooking chickpeas use microwave - but not how you’d expect

    The United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. The IYP 2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. Researchers from the University of Manitoba have developed ...

  • 06 May 2016

    May 2016 E-News

    UAC elections, AUM award winners, humans of the CLS, changes to our travel awards, and more... View this email in your browser ...

  • 05 Apr 2016

    April 2016 E-News

    Check out the new CLS website, register for the 2016 AUM, new research on airplanes and climate change, and more...  ...

  • 24 Mar 2016

    Saving sunshine for a rainy day: New catalyst offers efficient storage of alternative energies

    This electrolysing device splits water into its component elements, oxygen and hydrogen, allowing efficient storage of alternative energy in chemical form, a grand challenge in the field. (Photo: Marit Mitchell) We can’t control when the wind blows and when the sun shines, so finding eff ...

  • 15 Mar 2016

    CLS partners with Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations to enhance science education in First Nation schools

    The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and The Canadian Light Source signed an agreement of collaboration today in science with a focus on traditions and culture for First Nations students during the annual Saskatchewan First Nations Science Fair. The agreement will allow both parties to ...

  • 14 Mar 2016

    U of S and CLS add powerful new research tool

    Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) will develop materials critical to sustainable energy development and other fields through a $577,000 investment from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Part of a $1.4-million project by Andrew Grosvenor (Department of Chemistry), ...

  • 01 Mar 2016

    March 2016 E-News

    CLS AUM (May 2 & 3) registration, exhibitor, sponsor, and poster session information  Nominations open for Allen Pratt, User Support, and Young Investigator Awards 6th Annual CLS Mx Data Collection School: May 24–28 Canadian physicists discover new properties of su ...

  • 26 Feb 2016

    Airplanes and climate change

    Understanding aircraft soot provides insight for climate models The long vapour trails that follow an aircraft’s exhaust are one of the largest sources of uncertainty in climate models, but a nanoscale look at their structure provides new insight into global environmental ...

  • 19 Feb 2016

    Gut reaction: understanding the cause of ulcers and stomach cancers, and how to stop them

    SASKATOON (Friday, February 19, 2016) – Ulcers. They are not only painful and difficult to deal with, but the same bacteria that cause ulcers can lead to stomach cancer and other diseases of the human intestinal tract. But, there is hope. Scientists from the University of British Columbia, the ...

  • 17 Feb 2016

    CLS and University of Regina sign MOU to strengthen scientific discovery in Saskatchewan

    SASKATOON – In Canada, over the last decade, synchrotron radiation has developed into one of the most valuable scientific tools for the investigation of new materials, bio-medical samples, and biological and chemical processes. Today, the University of Regina and the Canadian Light Source Inc. ...

  • 05 Feb 2016

    Canadian physicists discover new properties of superconductivity

    SASKATOON (Friday, February 5, 2016) – An international team of physicists has come one step closer to understanding the mystery of howsuperconductivity, an exotic state that allows electricity to be conducted with zero resistance, occurs in certain materials. Physicists worldwide are on a ...

  • 02 Feb 2016

    February 2016 E-News

    Call for proposals now open: cycle 24 (July–December 2016) CLS AUM (May 2–3) registration, exhibitor, sponsor, and poster session information Nominations open for Allen Pratt, User Support, and Young Investigator Awards 6th Annual CLS Mx Data Collection School: May 24–28 Breast ca ...

  • 04 Jan 2016

    January 2016 E-News

    Nominations for CLS awards, sub-zero bacteria could indicate life on Mars, Merck scientists gain insight into cancer treatment, AUM save the date, and more...  View thi ...

  • 23 Dec 2015

    Merck scientists gain insight into cancer treatment

    A team of scientists at Merck in Kenilworth, NJ have used the Canadian Light Source facilities to collect data used to determine the structure of a brand new cancer-treating antibody, providing an unprecedented level of detail. The antibody, pembrolizumab, works by increasing the ability of the ...

  • 17 Dec 2015

    Sub-zero bacteria from Canada’s north could indicate life on Mars

    Bacteria found to survive at extreme cold temperatures are giving scientists the hope that they will find life in outer space, either on Mars, Jupiter’s moon Europa, or Saturn’s moon Enseladus. On a research expedition to Ellesmere Island, McGill University Professor Lyle Whyte was not ...

  • 01 Dec 2015

    December 2015 E-News

    CLS joins PTRC to find solutions for oil industry Diagnosing osteoarthritis before it appears General user results for cycle 23 (Jan– Jun 2016) CLS holiday schedule Tackling mill effluent treatment with chemistry CLS researcher wins first prize at crop science competition Travel su ...

  • 20 Nov 2015

    CLS joins PTRC to Find Solutions for Oil Industry

    Innovation Saskatchewan and the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) today announced funding for an innovative research collaboration headed by the University of Calgary and employing the Canadian Light Source (CLS) in Saskatoon. The project is unique in heavy oil research, since it will be ...

  • 18 Nov 2015

    Diagnosing osteoarthritis before it appears

    U of A, U of S researchers identify early signs of bone disease using synchrotron Arthritis is the leading cause of long-term disability in Canada, with osteoarthritis being the most common form of the disease. It is estimated that 14.2 per cent of Canadians suffer from ...

  • 05 Nov 2015

    Tackling mill effluent treatment with chemistry

    Saskatoon student models mill processes for a cleaner future Jared Robertson grew up admiring the Canadian Light Source synchrotron from afar. Today, the University of Saskatchewan student uses it to address some of the uranium industry’s most pressing questions "It's been exciting to do ...

  • 21 Oct 2015

    Putting a stop to deadly brain wasting diseases

    Prion research provides insight into mad cow, chronic wasting disease Chronic Wasting Disease threatens populations of mule deer, white tail deer and elk throughout the prairies, and scientists are working hard towards finding a solution Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer and elk, like ...

  • 06 Oct 2015

    Blocking African sleeping sickness’ tiny culprit

    SASKATOON – A tsetse fly bites a girl. She becomes itchy, feverish, and her joints ache. Weeks later, she loses coordination and some sensation in her limbs. It becomes difficult to think, to sleep.  This is what it feels like when you have African trypanosomiasis, better known as sleeping ...

  • 01 Oct 2015

    October 2015 E-News

    2016 Annual Users' Meeting: save the date, May 2–3 Putting a stop to deadly brain wasting diseases Rob Lamb to present at Canadian Science Policy Conference, Nov. 25–27 Tech Venture Challenge offers $50,000 first prize: deadline Nov. 30 Photo competition to build connections between UK ...

  • 23 Sep 2015

    Splitting water into hydrogen fuel

    Synchrotron used to observe future renewable energy catalyst In an era of increasing energy demands, scientists are searching for the holy grail of chemistry: a way to use renewable resources, like solar power, to split water into hydrogen fuel. When hydrogen is used as a fuel, it leaves ...

  • 01 Sep 2015

    September 2015 E-News

    Visit us at the Nuit Blanche art festival this Saturday Industrial Scientist receives Best Technical Paper award at CMA2015 Social Scientist in Residence: commercialization of synchrotron-enabled science 2020 Health Vision Conference, Oct. Oct. 19 – 20, Saskatoon Register for the CLS An ...

  • 25 Aug 2015

    Building a better vaccine

    Breaking down whooping cough infections Like many infectious diseases, whooping cough is extremely hard to treat, but scientists using the Canadian Light Source may have found a new way to treat and vaccinate for this deadly disease. The bacteria that cause whooping cough form a protective ...

  • 18 Aug 2015

    New synchrotron imaging technique reveals how cystic fibrosis makes lungs vulnerable to infection

    SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan researchers working at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron have developed a new imaging technique that reveals a hitherto unknown component of the immune system in the lungs, one that promises insights that could benefit cystic fibrosis patients. ...

  • 01 Aug 2015

    August 2015 E-News

    Call for proposals for Cycle 23 (Jan - June 2016) closes Sept.2 at noon Planned shutdown for important infrastructure upgrade: June – August 2016 2014 – 2015 Annual Highlights now available The CLS and RMD Engineering prepare for Nuit Blanche 2015 Building a better vaccine for wh ...

  • 29 Jul 2015

    CLS Key Partner in Major Food Security Research Grant

    The Canada First Research Excellence Fund has awarded the University of Saskatchewan $37.2 million over 7 years for global food security research. The Canadian Light Source is a major partner in this project, providing unique imaging capabilities to advance agricultural leadership. The funding, ...

  • 23 Jul 2015

    Tracking breast cancer before it grows

    Developing early detection and treatment options for cancer Saroj Kumar is developing techniques to harness infrared light to detect cancer signatures before any physical changes occur, and to improve treatments for breast cancer patients. This and other images are available for use on ...

  • 16 Jul 2015

    The dirt on Saskatchewan soil

    Master's student Kendra Purton receives Harry Toop Memorial Prize in Scientific Writing and the U of S Graduate Thesis Award SASKATOON - Whether from a field, grassland, or even the forest, Kendra Purton is finding remarkable similarities in soils across a section of Saskatchewan - a result that ...

  • 01 Jul 2015

    July 2015 E-News

    CLS key partner in major food security research grant Call for proposals now open for Cycle 23 (Jan - June 2016) Election results for the Users' Advisory Committee Open House and Partners in Science Festival a huge success New X-ray microscope installed in SM beamline Tracking breast ca ...

  • 17 Jun 2015

    10 years of scientific discovery celebrated with light display

    SASKATOON – The Canadian Light Source Inc. is celebrating 10 years of scientific discovery and to commemorate this landmark, and the UNESCO International Year of Light, the facility has been lit up with a stunning display that will be on every night until the end of the year. Check out the ...

  • 04 Jun 2015

    Forward-thinking on mine tailings

    AREVA Resources Canada using synchrotron to study traces of molybdenum AREVA Resources Canada, in partnership with University of Saskatchewan researchers, has recently completed a major study on the long-term health of their uranium mill tailings at McClean Lake. "Our partnership with the U ...

  • 03 Jun 2015

    Physicists map electron structure of superconductivity's 'doppelgänger'

    SASKATOON / VANCOUVER - Physicists have painted an in-depth portrait of charge ordering-an electron self-organization regime in high-temperature superconductors that may be intrinsically intertwined with superconductivity itself. In two complementary studies-published in Nature Materials this ...

  • 01 Jun 2015

    June 2015 E-News

    Open House June 27, UAC elections, the blue lights, science highlights and more...  View this email in your browser ...

  • 29 May 2015

    $3.3 million awarded to upgrade crystallography facilities

    SASKATOON – A research facility at the Canadian Light Source that has yielded insights into illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, malaria, heart disease and cancer will receive a major upgrade thanks to a $3.3-million investment by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). “Canadian ...

  • 26 May 2015

    Nanosilver and the future of antibiotics

    Precious metals like silver and gold have biomedical properties that have been used for centuries, but how do these materials effectively combat the likes of cancer and bacteria without contaminating the patient and the environment? These are the questions that researchers from Dalhousie ...

  • 22 May 2015

    From plant matter to jet fuel

    Streamlining the production of ultraclean fuel Plant materials are one of the oldest renewable energy sources, and today scientists are working to produce ultra-clean fuels from them using refined chemical techniques, work made possible by Canadian Light Source techniques. University of ...

  • 08 May 2015

    Revealing a dead man's story through his bones

    Little is known about the Royal Naval Hospital’s cemetery in Antigua, and with little but the bones themselves to go on, researchers turn to synchrotron imaging to uncover the histories of the men buried there. The Naval Hospital served naval personnel, enslaved labourers, and the general ...

  • 01 May 2015

    Tackling transfusion with a universal blood type

    Researchers have developed a technique to turn nearly any blood into a universal type resembling O-type blood, a development which could transform blood transfusion and human health. Stephen Withers and David Kwan, University of British Columbia researchers, used a technique called directed ...

  • 01 May 2015

    May 2015 E-News

    Join the CLS Open House and Partners in Science Festival: June 27 User proposal results: July-December (cycle 22) Users' Advisory Committee nominations for new members CLS main entrance moved during lobby upgrade Thank you, follow-up, and award winners from the AUM Nanosilver and the fu ...

  • 28 Apr 2015

    Cause of wheat resistance to scab discovered

    Synchrotron research could give rise to better yields and varieties A nasty disease that can wreak havoc on wheat crops has been identified by scientists, allowing plant breeders to develop better varieties with higher yields for farmers. Known as Fusarium head blight, FHB is a fungus t ...

  • 16 Apr 2015

    Revolutionary Catalyst Discovered

    Metal-organic-frameworks provide new tool for industry Researchers have developed a new catalyst material that outperforms benchmarks and opens the door to significant advances in petroleum refinement and industrial applications. It’s an industry first, and there’s plenty of room to b ...

  • 07 Apr 2015

    A brighter future after stroke

    SASKATOON – There’s a stroke every 10 minutes in Canada. Of those, about 10-15 per cent are triggered by arterial ruptures and uncontrolled bleeding in the brain, and are incredibly devastating. These are the strokes that University of Saskatchewan researcher Dr. Mark Hackett studies, with ...

  • 01 Apr 2015

    April 2015 E-News

    Surface Canada 2015, May 19 - 22: early bird registration closes today Malaria researcher named 2014 Bancroft Award winner CLS Open House: June 27 Cause of wheat resistance to scab identified Revolutionary catalyst discovered Canadian Synchrotron Summer School, July 20 - 25 Now Hi ...

  • 24 Mar 2015

    Temperature increases affecting crop yields

    Scientists discover the ‘why’ of heat tolerance in peas SASKATOON – A recent collaboration between the Canadian Light Source and the University of Saskatchewan Plant Science Department is proving the potential for molecular imaging in plant research that could produce greater yields, h ...

  • 24 Mar 2015

    A new take on tackling malaria

    April 25 is World Malaria Day, and the Canadian Light Source is celebrating the work of young researcher Dr. Michelle (Tonkin) Parker. As a graduate student in Prof. Martin Boulanger’s research group at the University of Victoria, she’s published more than 10 papers related to the basis of ...

  • 19 Mar 2015

    Superconductivity breakthroughs

    SASKATOON – The Canadian research community on high-temperature superconductivity continues to lead this exciting scientific field with groundbreaking results coming hot on the heels of big theoretical questions. The latest breakthrough, which will be published March 20 in Science, answers a ...

  • 18 Mar 2015

    Students on the Beamlines program continues to inspire

    Government of Canada announces three-year funding The Government of Canada through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has announced ongoing support of the Canadian Light Source’s Students on the Beamlines and Teacher Professional Development programs. Through t ...

  • 13 Mar 2015

    Biofuels and chemicals that don’t cut into the food supply

    Scientists harness enzymes to break down tough cell walls SASKATOON – Emma Master’s team spent the last two years studying plant cell walls, the part of the cell that gives trees and other flora their structural strength. The wall itself is built from a tight complex of sugars and p ...

  • 01 Mar 2015

    March 2015 E-News

    A message from the 3 Amigos (Directors) 10 Years of Discovery videos Scientists discover why temperature increases affecting crop yields in peas 5th Annual CLS Mx Data Collection School: June 2 - 6 Biofuels and chemicals that don't cut into the food supply Surface Canada 2015, May 19 - 22 ...

  • 26 Feb 2015

    Making teeth tough

    Beavers show ways to improve our enamel EVANSTON, Ill. --- Beavers don’t brush their teeth, and they don’t drink fluoridated water, but a new Northwestern University study, with data collected at the Canadian Light Source, reports beavers do have protection against tooth decay built into t ...

  • 18 Feb 2015

    Bringing high tech down to earth

    Soils and fertilizers on the cutting edge SASKATOON – 2015 is the International Year of the Soils. Healthy soils are vital to sustainable food systems, clean lakes, verdant forests, and the health of our planet. In honour of the occasion, we offer you a profile of a scientist committed to s ...

  • 05 Feb 2015

    Imitating plant cells to build tiny reactors

    SASKATOON – Living cells are a hive of activity, full of tiny structures making proteins, breaking down junk, and creating energy. All of this happens through a series of chemical reactions made possible largely because of the humble cell wall.  “If you remove the cell wall, keeping exactly ...

  • 01 Feb 2015

    February 2015 E-News

    A message from the new directors, Dean Chapman and Les Dallin Register now for the CLS Annual Users' Meeting, May 4 - 6 5th Annual CLS Mx Data Collection School: June 2 - 6, 2015 Making teeth tough: Beavers show ways to improve our enamel Bringing high tech down to earth: Soils and fe ...

  • 20 Jan 2015

    Canadian Light Source prepares for the International Year of Light

    The Canadian Light Source is proud to announce the official launch of the International Year of Light – a celebration of light and light-based research through the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) based in Paris, France.    The year was designated by ...

  • 16 Jan 2015

    Charge ordering phenomenon discovered in electron-doped high-temperature superconductors

    SASKATOON – Using the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, physicists have detected charge ordering for the first time in electron-doped copper-oxide (cuprate) superconductors, as reported today in Science. The discovery comes as a great surprise, as past research created the expectation that ...

  • 15 Jan 2015

    Preserving genetic diversity

    SASKATOON – Muhammad Anzar, a research scientist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, is an expert in cryopreservation — you know, freezing living matter to cheat death.  His work is more careful than comic book, with a focus not on preserving full organisms but the very germs of life: ...

  • 09 Jan 2015

    Biomedicine: worth its weight in nanogold

    SASKATOON – Peng Zhang is excited about gold, and you should be too. In particular, he’s excited about nanogold, structures of a handful of atoms measuring only a few nanometers in diameter. Zhang, a researcher at Dalhousie University, and Canadian Light Source synchrotron user, has a unique ...

  • 01 Jan 2015

    January 2015 E-News

    Call for proposals for Cycle 22 now open Register now for the CLS Annual Users' Meeting, May 4 - 6 G. Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award deadline Feb.17 Our 10th anniversary and the International Year of Light Dalhousie scientist harnesses gold's potential for biomedicine and be ...

  • 20 Nov 2014

    Advancements in battery technology shaping the future of electric vehicles

    SASKATOON – Scientists at the Canadian Light Source are on the forefront of battery technology using cheaper materials with higher energy and better recharging rates that make them ideal for electric vehicles (EVs). The switch from conventional internal combustion engines to EVs is well ...

  • 14 Nov 2014

    CLS announces first shipment of medical isotopes

    SASKATOON – Scientists at the Canadian Light Source have announced the first shipment of medical isotopes produced in its dedicated linear accelerator. The Medical Isotope Project (MIP) facility at the CLS is the first of its kind in the world, relying on powerful X-rays to produce the ...

  • 05 Nov 2014

    In the bank

    CLS crystallography scientists celebrate 500 protein structures SASKATOON – The Canadian Macromolecular Crystallography Facility (CMCF) has announced the successful solution of 500 protein structures using the Canadian Light Source. The 3-D structures of proteins can be determined using p ...

  • 01 Nov 2014

    November 2014 E-News

    User proposal results: January-June,2015 (cycle 21) G.Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award nominations CLS Annual Users' Meeting: May 4-6, 2015 Advancements in battery technology shaping the future of electric vehicles CLS staff form energy storage working group New staff and now hi ...

  • 30 Oct 2014

    Developing the battery of the future

    CLS scientists explore novel experimental techniques, materials SASKATOON – The search for the next generation of batteries has led researchers at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron to try new methods and materials that could lead to the development of safer, cheaper, more powerful, and l ...

  • 01 Oct 2014

    October 2014 E-News

    Message from the new guy CIHR-THRUST open house success UAC Chair recognized by ACS Blocking African sleeping sickness' tiny culprit Teachers' workshop: Nov.29 - Dec.1 Applied optics day @ CLS New staff and now hiring 1. Message from the new guy G’day! It's good to be he ...

  • 22 Sep 2014

    Implications for the fate of green fertilizers

    Scientists surprised at what they find after a closer look using synchrotron SASKATOON – The use of green fertilizers is a practice that has been around since humans first began growing food, but researchers are warning that modern techniques for the creation of these fertilizers could h ...

  • 09 Sep 2014

    Exploring the next generation of computing materials

    SASKATOON – As computer chips continue to get smaller and more powerful, the field of electronics is approaching some severe limits. “Once a device becomes too small it falls prey to the strange laws of the quantum world,” says University of Saskatchewan researcher Neil Johnson, who is ...

  • 01 Sep 2014

    September 2014 E-News

    Welcome Rob Lamb 2013 Research Report now available A successful call for proposals Implications for the fate of green fertilizers Teachers' workshop: Nov.29 - Dec.1 Exploring the next generation of computing materials New staff and now hiring 1. Welcome Rob Lamb We are ve ...

  • 22 Aug 2014

    An interesting glimpse into how future state-of-the-art electronics might work

    SASKATOON – Using the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron, scientists have developed a new, cutting-edge technique enabling them to visualize the inner-workings of electronics. This research is opening the door for a wide-range of opportunities for advanced nanoelectronics and devices. It ...

  • 14 Aug 2014

    Foldable tablets, wrap-around TVs, and the next generation of electronics

    Research gives further insight into graphene-based devices SASKATOON – Imagine a tablet device as thin as a piece of paper, folded conveniently in your pocket. Or a 3D TV that wraps around the walls of an entire room in your home.  “Graphene” by AlexanderAlUS Graphene is a s ...

  • 05 Aug 2014

    Stronger, better solar cells

    SASKATOON – There remains a lot to learn on the frontiers of solar power research, particularly when it comes to new advanced materials which could change how we harness energy. Under the guidance of Canada Research Chair in Materials Science with Synchrotron Radiation, Dr. Alexander Moewes, ...

  • 01 Aug 2014

    August 2014 E-News

    Call for proposals closes Thursday, September 4 2013-2014 Annual Highlights now available CLS on display at Nuit Blanche Saskatoon, September 27 Structure of the human Cereblon-DDB1-lenalidomide complex reveals basis for responsiveness to thalidomide analogs  New synchrotron imaging te ...

  • 14 Jul 2014

    Structurist relief

    Bornstein artwork reinstalled outside CLS on U of S campus SASKATOON – A major abstract work – hexaplane structurist relief No. 3, 2001-2003 – by noted international artist and University of Saskatchewan professor emeritus Eli Bornstein has been reinstalled outside of the Canadian L ...

  • 01 Jul 2014

    July 2014 E- News

    Call for proposals opens today, Tuesday, July 29 2014 election results for the Users' Advisory Committee CLS proud sponsor of Nature Milestones: Crystallography Structural Delineation of a Quaternary, Cleavage-Dependent Epitope at the gp41-gp120 Interface of Intact HIV-1 Tr ...

  • 18 Jun 2014

    Wrong place at the right time

    Siberian Bronze Age skull reveals secrets of ancient society SASKATOON – Unlike most hunter-gatherer societies of the Bronze Age, the people of the Baikal region of modern Siberia (Russia) respected their dead with formal graves. These burial sites are a treasure trove for archeologists and ...

  • 03 Jun 2014

    CLS partners with Mitacs

    Synchrotron teams up with national not-for-profit to foster innovation SASKATOON - The Canadian Light Source synchrotron has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that brings together academia, industry and the public sector, to develop c ...

  • 01 Jun 2014

    June 2014 E-News

    Farewell Board members Voting for Users' Advisory Committee members: July 7 - July 25 Call for interest in artist-scientist collaboration Large-area, freestanding, single-layer graphene-gold: a hybrid plasmonic nanostructure Bronze Age skull shot with an arrow reveals secrets of ancient so ...

  • 01 Jun 2014

    Jane 2014 E-News

    New CLS Executive Director Announced Call for Proposals open - deadline: February 26, 2014 - noon CST Science Highlight: Superconductor discovery an advancement for technology Science Highlight: Revealing the Role of Catalysts in Carbon nanotubes and nanofibers by Scanning Transmission X- ...

  • 14 May 2014

    Advancements in uranium-driven energy

    SASKATOON – Clean electricity generated from uranium is estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2.5 billion tonnes a year. Now, scientists working at the Canadian Light Source are working to make uranium use even cleaner. Uranium today provides almost a fifth of the world’s ...

  • 01 May 2014

    May 2014 E-News

    General user proposal results: July - December, 2014 Applications of Synchrotron Imaging for Crop Improvement workshop: June 10 - 12 Retention and chemical speciation of uranium in an oxidized wetland sediment from the Savannah River Site Site du CLS en français Spring issue of Green & Wh ...

  • 30 Apr 2014

    G. Michael Bancroft Award winner announced

    SASKATOON – Every year the Canadian Light Source presents the G. Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award to a graduate student with the strongest published work using data collected at the synchrotron. The award for the best published thesis during the 2013 calendar year has been given to Riccardo ...

  • 01 Apr 2014

    April 2014 E-News

    G. Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award given to REIXS researcher Applications of Synchrotron Imaging for Crop Improvement workshop: June 10-12 Science highlight: Diffraction-enhanced synchrotron imaging of bovine ovaries ex vivo Canadian Synchrotron Summer School (CS3) July 20-25: ap ...

  • 26 Mar 2014

    Soil science group publishes CLS's 1000th peer-reviewed paper

    The Canadian Light Source Synchrotron in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, has just hit a major milestone. University of Saskatchewan researchers Courtney Phillips and Derek Peak, along with the CLS Spherical Grating Monochromator (SGM) beamline scientist, Tom Regier, recently published the 1,000th ...

  • 24 Mar 2014

    Milestone for Canada’s synchrotron

    SASKATOON – The Canadian Light Source Synchrotron has hit a major milestone. University of Saskatchewan researchers Courtney Phillips and Derek Peak, along with the CLS Spherical Grating Monochromator (SGM) beamline scientist, Tom Regier, recently published the 1,000th peer-reviewed paper to come ...

  • 06 Mar 2014

    Say 'cheese'

    New look at embryonic teeth could prevent problems later in life A new 3D imaging technique could help prevent teeth and jaw problems through early intervention by identifying incoming wisdom teeth, crowded teeth, and malocclusion - all before they have time to start. The findings lay the g ...

  • 01 Mar 2014

    March 2014 E-News

    Annual Users' Meeting: early bird April 8; abstract deadline April 1 1,000th peer-reviewed publication High school group publishes in Canadian Young Scientist Journal Seeing embryonic teeth in 3D CLS tours for school groups and the public Mx Data Collection School: June 9-13; ap ...

  • 26 Feb 2014

    February 2014 E-News

    Bancroft PhD Thesis Award application deadline: March 5 17th Annual Users' Meeting, May 1-2: registration now open Science Highlight: Understanding quinoa at the genetic level News Release: AITF and CLS see solutions to cleaner oil recovery Science Highlight: Perennially and annually fr ...

  • 19 Feb 2014

    Seeing a solution to cleaner oil

    New research will reduce environmental impact of recovery SASKATOON – Scientists from the Canadian Light Source and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures have embarked on a research project that is changing what we know about oil recovery and could result in more environmentally efficient m ...

  • 18 Feb 2014

    Revealing the Role of Catalysts in Carbon nanotubes and nanofibers by Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy

    The identification of effective components on the atomic scale in carbon nanomaterials which improve the performance in various applications remains outstanding challenges. Here the catalyst residues in individual carbon nanotube (CNT) and carbon nanofiber (CNF) were clearly imaged with a ...

  • 07 Feb 2014

    CLS key partner on revolutionary Québec aerospace sector project

    The Canadian Light Source is a key partner in the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec’s (CRIAQ) 100th project, entitled Additive Manufacturing Technologies for Aerospace Components (Named MANU-601), which aims to generate knowledge about design, transformation and ...

  • 06 Feb 2014

    Quinoa reveals secrets at the genetic level

    Research will help to develop new ‘ancient’ grain varieties for Canadian growth SASKATOON – Protein-rich quinoa is poised to become a major cash crop for Canadian agriculture and new research will help scientists develop new varieties of the ‘ancient grain’ better suited for our c ...

  • 03 Feb 2014

    Researchers find novel approach for controlling deadly C. difficile hospital infections

    Llama-derived antibodies open door to development of new treatment CALGARY – Using data collected at the Canadian Light Source, researchers have revealed the first molecular views showing how antibodies derived from llamas may provide a new method for controlling the highly infectious ...

  • 27 Jan 2014

    New Executive Director Appointed at the Canadian Light Source

    SASKATOON, SK. ­-- Following an extensive international search, Australian scientist Robert Lamb has been selected to lead Canada’s national synchrotron, the Canadian Light Source at the University of Saskatchewan, effective August 1, 2014. The appointment was jointly announced today by the ...

  • 09 Jan 2014

    Saskatoon engineering company rises to a synchrotron-sized challenge

    New EPU machine one of a kind When scientists and engineers at the Canadian Light Source were designing a new experimental station at the synchrotron, the demand for a state-of-the-art piece of equipment was essential for future research. RMD Engineering in Saskatoon was chosen to build the ...

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