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The Medgadget blog reports on the world's first X-ray free electron laser, recently announced by Argonne National Laboratory. The laser, hosted by Stanford, will "will emit a beam 'with a brightness that is 10 billion times greater than that of any existing x-ray source on earth,'" according to the post. That should enable it to speed up the elucidation of protein structures, among other things.

 

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