The world is full of inventions that science doesn’t entirely understand the fundamental inner workings of. Batteries, for instance. Sure, it’s not magic, but there are still a few details that we can’t completely explain. Though we’re a step closer thanks to a team from Stanford University in the US.
SLAC’s National Accelerator Laboratory is already home to the world’s brightest X-ray laser — but it’s getting an upgrade. The $US1 billion project will see the device become 10,000 times brighter and 8000 times faster.
This beautiful piece of shiny scientific instrumentation is a brand new class X-ray microscope sitting inside a vacuum chamber at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Things have sure changed since we were at school.