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March 01, 2018
ALBA Synchrotron is as good at humanities as at sciences!
Let’s point out two news articles among those periodically released by ALBA synchrotron: jointly, they perfectly exemplify the wide range of applications offered by ALBA thanks to the many ways to produce and use the light coming from the electron accelerator. Concretely, results obtained in the field of life sciences and… history are briefly explained hereinafter.
 
Alzheimer:
Researchers from the ALBA Synchrotron and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have analysed with synchrotron light different Alzheimer's aggregates, their location and their effect in cultivated neuronal cells. Results, published in Analytical Chemistry, pave the way to better understand the development of this disease that affects more than 30 million people worldwide.
 
Elamite Kingdom:
Scientists from University of Isfahan in Iran have analysed in the ALBA Synchrotron how were made ancient Iranian glass objects that date back to 2.500 BC. These decorative glass pieces were excavated from the ziggurat of Chogha-Zanbil, a type of stepped pyramidal monument, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. With this information, scientists will be able to know better the glass manufacturing process and reconstruct the technological expertise (know-how) of this ancient civilization.
 

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