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The Department of Energy's Stanford Linear Accelerator Center officially broke ground today for the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the world's first X-ray free-electron laser. Scheduled for completion in 2009, the LCLS will produce ultra-fast, ultra-short pulses of X-rays a...

LCLS ground breaking ceremony

Stanford Professor Roger D. Kornberg has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for determining how DNA’s genetic blueprint is read and used to direct the process for protein manufacture.

Roger D. Kornberg

Finding something expected has brought researchers at the Department of Energy's Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) one step closer to discovering the unexpected.

illustration depicting penguin-like shape formed by decay diagram
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Dark Matter Observed

Dark matter, the elusive stuff that makes up a quarter of the universe, has been seen in isolation for the first time.

This composite image shows the galaxy cluster 1E 0657-56, also known as the "bullet cluster."

Finally, after more than 1000 years in obscurity, the last unreadable pages of the works of ancient mathematician Archimedes are being deciphered, thanks to the x-ray vision at the Department of Energy's Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).

a page from the Archimedes Palimpsest

On July 14, the Department of Energy's Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) was officially accepted into the ATLAS collaboration, a consortium of researchers and institutions working on the ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS) detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)...

CERN's ATLAS detector

B factory experiments at the Department of Energy's Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) in Japan have reached a new milestone in the quest to understand the matter-antimatter imbalance in our universe.

The Unitarity Triangle

The pioneering space telescope recently assembled at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) has taken a continent-sized step in its journey toward launch.

The 16 towers of the Large Area Telescope (LAT).

Black holes are the most fuel efficient engines in the Universe, according to a new study using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

composite image of NGC 4696

The Department of Energy's Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and Stanford University dedicated the Fred Kavli Building on March 17, 2006.

The Fred Kavli Building