SLAC’s campus at sunset looking southeast. The Stanford Dish and Interstate 280 in the distance.

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SLAC’s research yard in the foreground, with the LINAC stretching 2 miles to the west, and SLAC’s campus on the right.

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Aerial view of SLAC’s  campus with the LINAC in the foreground leading into the campus. The interstate 280 passes over the LINAC. Stanford campus and Hoover tower can be seen in the distance.

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Powerful X-rays from SLAC’s synchrotron reveal that our immune system’s primary wiring seems to be no match for a brutal SARS-CoV-2 protein.

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LSST Camera images provide the inspiration for artist Lennart Lahuis’s “Astromelancholia.”

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A machine learning algorithm automatically extracts information to speed up – and extend – the study of materials with X-ray pulse pairs.

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Two GEM Fellows reflect on their summer internships at SLAC and share their thoughts on representation and mentorship.

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LSST Camera images provide the inspiration for artist Lennart Lahuis’s “Astromelancholia.”

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A machine learning algorithm automatically extracts information to speed up – and extend – the study of materials with X-ray pulse pairs.

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Two GEM Fellows reflect on their summer internships at SLAC and share their thoughts on representation and mentorship.

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For decades, materials scientists have focused on materials that are relatively balanced and unchanging – but not Yijing Huang, a postdoctoral scholar at the...
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Chi-Chang Kao has decided to return to research after serving 10 years as director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory...
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Blaine Mooers, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, has won this year’s  Farrel W. Lytle...
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