Xmas bonus

The UK government has given an early present of GBP 6million (about US$10million) to XMaS, the mid-range X-ray facility at the ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation in Grenoble). The funding will allow scientists to continue exploring matter at the atomic level. The device was first used for X-ray magnetic scattering hence the name but its scientific reach is now much greater with 20 active UK research groups (about 100 researchers) using it in materials science, physics, chemistry, soft condensed matter and biomaterials. The facility is owned by the Universities of Liverpool and Warwick and funding comes through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the UK Government's Department for Business Innovation and Skills.