Clean fresh water is a scarce resource. Areas of the world suffering from drought have to filter the salt out of seawater to make it drinkable. In other areas, the water may instead have a high content of toxic compounds, such as arsenic. If you think about a water filter as a kind of strainer
The samples at BioMAX beamline are very sensitive biomolecule crystals. It could, for example, be one of the many proteins you have in your body. They only last for a short time in the intense X-ray light before being damaged and needs to be placed exactly right before the researchers switch on the beam.
We talk a lot about light at MAX IV and we are very proud of the quality and brightness of the X-rays coming from our accelerator every day. However, the light on its own is not enough. Scientists coming to use MAX IV have lots different requirements when it comes to how their precious