Shedding Light on Matter

If you were to drive past Australian science's smartest new toy, it would be easy to mistake the large, circular building at 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton, for just another office complex. But inside, something spectacular is being produced — light a million times brighter than the sun, light to which scientists from around the country are now drawn like moths. They're queuing to use the Australian Synchrotron, the largest such device in the Southern Hemisphere and one of about 40 worldwide. Researchers hope it will provide discoveries and answers across almost every field of science — whether it's...

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