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Researchers have found that a 150 million year old "dinobird" fossil, long thought to contain nothing but fossilized bone and rock, has been hiding remnants of the animal's original chemistry.

A false color image of the Thermopolis Archaeopteryx

The U.S. Department of Energy has granted approval for SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory—home of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the world's first hard X-ray laser—to begin planning a second X-ray laser at the laboratory.

Undulator Hall

Persis Drell and Steven Kivelson have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, joining 70 other new members and 18 foreign associates in the prestigious group.

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A new form of platinum that could be used to make cheaper, more efficient fuel cells has been created by researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of Houston.

Researchers including Hirohito Ogasawara (left), Anders Nilsson (center), and Mike Toney

Desktop experiments could point the way to dark matter discovery, complementing grand astronomical searches and deep underground observations.

Photo - Shoucheng Zhang

Using entire galaxies as lenses to look at other galaxies, researchers have a newly precise way to measure the size and age of the universe and how rapidly it is expanding, on a par with other techniques.

B1608+656 galaxy system

Jets of particles streaming from black holes in far-away galaxies operate differently than previously thought, according to a study published today in Nature.

blazar jet

Zhi-Xun Shen, director of the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Science, or SIMES, a joint institute of the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University, has been awarded the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award by the U.S...

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A detailed picture of the seeds of structures in the universe has been unveiled by an international team co-led by Sarah Church of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, jointly located at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National...

temperature and polarization of the cosmic microwave background

The first experiments are now underway using the world's most powerful X-ray laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source, located at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

AMO instrument first users