Category Archives: exciting science

Where photons will fly

Today was one of those work days that makes working at the European XFEL fun, despite all challenges and frustrations. Around lunchtime, I found myself standing in one of the photon tunnels of the facility. We were giving a tour … Continue reading

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Casual conversations

Last Thursday, I came across a casual conversation in my facebook “news” feed. I’ll call the two participants A and B. It all started with A posting a link about a rather large number of people “fleeing Rome” last Wednesday … Continue reading

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Fire up the laser!

So tomorrow is the day – my first day at the European XFEL. There is much to do until the facility is ready for science in 2014 – first, there are contracts to sign by a number of different countries, … Continue reading

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Sometimes, really big is just big enough

There’s a new, big building site in my hometown of Hamburg, Germany: the European X-ray Free-Electron Laser, or European XFEL, a mega science facility funded by 16 European countries to be commissioned in 2014. Actually, it’s three building sites, two … Continue reading

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On the origin of… species?

Hang on, am I still on time with this? I made up my mind late about participating and have to start with a disclaimer: this is not going to be an in-depth discussion of the topic – just a collection … Continue reading

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Worms touching worms

Warning: I’m going to write about something unusual… something that might be offensive to those of you with a finer constitution. I am going to write a paper that was published over 25 years ago! If there is hero worship … Continue reading

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Who said something about CPIES?

Teresa Chereskin is the lead PI of the cDrake (CPIES in the Drake) project and is currently in the middle of the Drake Passage on board the icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer, deploying these things: CPIES instrumentation suite as it is … Continue reading

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Are CPIES edible? Three weeks in the world’s roughest seas.

“We retrieved a CPIES array at C09 after completion of the CTD. We are now finishing C11 and will steam to C12 leaving six stations to complete on this leg. Good weather is contributing greatly to our progress.” That’s the … Continue reading

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Yesssss, we will have you for dinner, preciousssss…

I’m celebrating that this week has – finally – seen the publication of a paper my colleague Sam Bowser and I have been working on with some others for a very long time. You can check it out here (it’s … Continue reading

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This is why forams rule – no, really

Ok, my third blog post.. it’s time to talk about some of what I am interested in when it comes to science, I think. Luckily, I just found this wonderful video on youtube, which I’ll use for illustration and to … Continue reading

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