From Cornell: “Extraordinary Maia detector rocks x-ray imaging at CHESS”


Nature seen differently-amazing new possibilities, have a look!

Originally posted on Science Springs:

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Arthur Woll, CHESS, Cornell University

Over the course of two weeks this past March, scientists from three laboratories commissioned CHESS’s most recent purchase, a 384-sensor, energy-dispersive detector known as “Maia“. The large number of individual sensors enables much higher count-rates than prior generations of detectors with the same functionality. One use of this combination of energy resolution and high count rate is to map the elemental composition of objects with breathtaking resolution in a much shorter time than was previously possible. Figure 1 represents what the combination of a synchrotron source and this new detector can do. The image is a false-color representation of potassium, calcium, and zinc concentrations in a dried, pressed iris flower. It is striking for both its beauty and the precise information it contains.

Brookhaven Maia Development Team

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Figure 1: False color representation of elemental distributions of potassium (red), calcium (green)…

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Basket of Flowers, 1901

Originally posted on Pictures Worth 1000 Words:

Currently possessed by Queen Elizabeth II and once owned by the last Empress of Russia Alexandra Feodorovna, is an intricately designed Fabergé egg that is composed of silver, parcel-gilt, rose-cut diamonds, green gold, and multicolored enamels.

Over its opalescent oyster colored enamel surface is a trellis work of rose-cut diamonds, and the year of the egg’s creation is also set in rose-cut diamonds. The bouquet of multicolored enamel flowers emerges from a thread moss of green gold. The egg can be carried by its diomand-set handle.

Whether or not this egg was accompanied by a surprise remains unknown; however, the invoice for this egg mentions pearls while the design of the egg does not include any pearls. Perhaps the pearls were part of the surprise that is currently missing.

To watch a great documentary on Fabergé imperial eggs, click here.

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Sweet side of roses

Rosewater-flavored lokum is one of those old fashioned sweets I absolutely cannot resist. Basically roses are what brings me sweet .memories, imagine then sweets with rose flavor! I’ve got a box of Turkish delight, lokum, today and just want to share some pics before it is gone. For I am picking lokum out of the box, one by one, and thinking about proclaiming it an official My Botanical Garden candy…