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June 2, 2014
Understanding the origins of our solar system, the future of our planet or humanity requires complex calculations run on high-power computers.
Photo - tom abel in srcc
May 22, 2014
News Feature
The Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel’s report, released today, recommends a strategic path forward for US particle physics.
May 12, 2014
The Planck mission released a first glimpse of data that, later this year, will test BICEP2’s discovery of gravitational waves.
April 2, 2014
News Feature
Grammy-winning jazz legend and sax virtuoso Wayne Shorter took a few hours off recently from a busy weekend of sold-out shows at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco to indulge in his second love – the cosmos.
Photo - Jazz legend Wayne Shorter silhouetted against cosmic phenomena at KIPAC's Visualization Lab.
April 1, 2014
News Feature
The Cosmic Microwave Background, leftover light from the big bang, carries a wealth of information about the universe—for those who can read it.
March 19, 2014
News Feature
Two scientists at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory made key contributions to the discovery of the first direct evidence for cosmic inflation – the rapid expansion of the infant universe in the first trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang.
Image - The BICEP2 detector shown in this electron-beam micrograph works by converting the light from the cosmic microwave background into heat. A titanium film tuned on its transition to a superconducting state makes a sensitive thermometer.
March 17, 2014
Press Release
Researchers from the BICEP2 collaboration have announced the first direct evidence supporting the theory of cosmic inflation. Their data also represent the first images of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time. These waves have been described as the "first tremors of the Big Bang."
The Dark Sector Lab (DSL)
February 10, 2014
News Feature
In a SLAC test facility, scientists have set the stage for an experiment that mimics what happens when incredibly energetic cosmic ray particles hit our atmosphere. While the experiment is part of ANITA, which sends balloon-borne instruments into the upper atmosphere, the results could benefit a broad range of other experiments.
Photo - Researchers look over the magnetic coils that will impersonate the Earth's magnetic field.
December 4, 2013
How is it possible to look at the earliest moments of the universe?
The Early Universe
November 27, 2013
News Feature
SLAC's Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) recently hosted many of the top scientists in the field to discuss the most important questions to confront in the coming decade.
KIPAC mosaic

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