2012 News Feature Archive

December 21, 2012
News Feature
Research at SLAC's powerful X-ray laser that could lead to the development of specialized drugs to better combat African sleeping sickness has been recognized by Science magazine as one of the nine runners-up to its selected science "Breakthrough of the Year": the discovery of what appears to be the Higgs boson.
Image - diffraction pattern of Trypanosoma brucei cathepsin B protein
December 14, 2012
News Feature
Each year, the editors of Physics World select what they consider the top 10 breakthroughs in the world of physics.
Image - Mirror images of "B" with clocks inside.
December 12, 2012
News Feature
Shoucheng Zhang, a condensed matter theorist with the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, a joint SLAC-Stanford institute, has been named one of five recipients of a 2013 Physics Frontiers Prize for his work on topological insulators.
Photo - Shoucheng Zhang
December 12, 2012
Press Release
Menlo Park, Calif. – Scientists have used powerful X-rays from the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to study and measure, in atomic detail, a key process at work in extreme plasmas like those found in stars, the rims of black holes and other massive cosmic phenomena.
Image - Chandra spacecraft overlaid on astronomical image
December 10, 2012
Press Release
X-rays Pinpoint Drug Target for Bacteria that Affect Hundreds of Millions Worldwide
Image - Diagram of protein overlayed on microscope im...
November 29, 2012
News Feature
SLAC and Stanford will join a team that will receive $120 million from the DOE to establish a new batteries and energy storage hub – the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).
Image - JCESR logo
November 29, 2012
Press Release
Menlo Park, Calif. — An international group of scientists working at the Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has mapped a weak spot in the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness, pinpointing a promising new target for treating a disease that kills tens of thousands of people each year.
Image collage of Protein structure, diffraction pattern and tsetse fly involved in story
November 28, 2012
News Feature
Richard "Dick" Barr Neal, a key figure in the design, construction and operation of SLAC's 2-mile-long linear accelerator, died Nov. 22, 2012 in Solana Beach, Calif., at age 95.
Photo - Archival photo of excited scientists in linac control room.
November 26, 2012
News Feature
Coating the surface of a material with a single layer of diamond-like crystals greatly improves images of it taken with an electron microscope, according to a study led by scientists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University.
Image - Diagram comparing imaging with and without diamondoid coating.
November 19, 2012
News Feature
Black holes are the ultimate Bogeyman.
Image - Black hole simulation with accretion disk and...
November 19, 2012
Press Release
Menlo Park, Calif. — Time marches relentlessly forward for you and me; watch a movie in reverse, and you’ll quickly see something is amiss.
Illustration - Big letter "B"s change color to represent transforming B mesons
November 15, 2012
News Feature
In experiments at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser, researchers made snapshots of atomic-scale fluctuations in liquids and glasses.
Photo - Gallium crystals
November 14, 2012
News Feature
A team led by SLAC and Stanford scientists has made an important discovery toward understanding how a large group of complex copper oxide materials lose their electrical resistance at remarkably high temperatures.
Photo - Scientists standing with equipment at SLAC.
November 12, 2012
Press Release
Menlo Park, Calif. — Researchers using the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have found a way to strip most of the electrons from xenon atoms, creating a “supercharged,” strongly positive state at energies previously thought too low.
Photo of the CAMP Chamber at LCLS
November 8, 2012
News Feature
SLAC in the Batter's Box as 30,000 at AT&T Park Cap Off 2012 Bay Area Science Festival. One week after the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, a crowd of more than 30,000 took over AT&T Park for "Discovery Days," the climactic event of the second annual Bay Area Science Festival. In our first year participating, SLAC was front and center for the event, with a booth only steps from Giants home plate.
Photo - AT&T Park's baseball field full of families and tents
November 7, 2012
News Feature
SLAC's Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource will play a central role in three research projects that seek cheaper materials and manufacturing techniques for solar panels, with support from a Department of Energy program called the SunShot Initiative.
Installation of solar panels.
November 5, 2012
News Feature
Research at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory demonstrates that ultrashort, ultrabright X-ray laser pulses can reveal details of chemically important molecules at room temperature and in their natural state.
Illustration – X-ray pulse strikes manganese-containing molecules
November 1, 2012
Press Release
Astronomers using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have made the most accurate measurement of starlight in the universe and used it to establish the total number of stars that have ever shone, accomplishing a primary mission goal.
Image - Plot of blazars on top of a Fermi gamma-ray sky map
October 30, 2012
News Feature
Actor and writer Alan Alda is in a long-term, committed relationship with science, and he wants everyone to join him.
Photo - Alan Alda speaking in front of auditorium
October 29, 2012
News Feature
A tiny device invented at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will make it much easier for scientists to determine the structures of important, delicate proteins by greatly reducing the amount of protein needed for study.
Photo - Liquid microjet delivers sample proteins to a chamber.

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