What would you do with a ray of light millions of times brighter than the sun?

In a few months, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon will use the largest science apparatus in Canada to…

The apparatus is a synchrotron – a sports-stadium-sized facility that uses giant magnets to help accelerate particles to nearly the speed of light, allowing complex molecular structures to be analyzed in hours instead of days or months.

Once the facility’s massive accelerator rings open for business this coming spring, scientists from around the country will use synchrotron light to speed up biomedical research, analyze remains of a sunken warship, and image microscopic processes as they happen in living animals.

Light-speed ahead

Dr. Colleen Christensen explains how Canada’s first synchrotron will accelerate particles to nearly the speed of light for getting high-definition snapshots of the molecular world…

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