RAPD Blog

References for RAPD

References for programs used by RAPD have now been added to the RAPD wiki. Giving credit is now even easier!

Remote Blog

Remote Progress Report

The new Remote program was recently tested by the Ealick lab at Cornell. A typical 22 hour shift was completed with only minor bugs. Of great benefit was the feedback from the remote users, which will be used to improve the interface before rollout in Run2 2012.Remote access for 24ID-E will be available for Run 2 of 2012.

Status Updates

A Cryptic Site of Vulnerability on the Receptor Binding Domain of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Glycoprotein

SARS-CoV-2 is a zoonotic virus that has caused a pandemic of severe respiratory disease—COVID-19— within several months of its initial identification. Comparable to the first SARS-CoV, this novel coronavirus’s surface Spike (S) glycoprotein mediates cell entry via the human ACE-2 receptor, and, thus, is the principal target for the development of vaccines and immunotherapeutics.

Illinois Stay-At-Home Order

Per the Illinois Stay-At-Home Order, NE-CAT has only has available beamtime for COVID-19 related research.  On-site access is not available and all data collection must be conducted remotely.


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Zoom Motor Replacement

The MD2 Microdiffractometer on 24-ID-E has been at NE-CAT for almost a decade.  In that time, it has been in constant use.  Previously, NE-CAT had purchased spare parts for both microdiffractometers in anticipation of minimizing downtime in the event of mechanical failure.  For the past several months, 24-ID-E users have noticed an increasing occurencing of an inability to center their samples which required intervention by beamtime staff.  This was eventually narrowed down to an increasingly frequent failure of the zoom on the 24-ID-E.

Safety Blog