2013 News Feature Archive

March 18, 2013
News Feature
Scientists working at the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES) have improved an innovative solar-energy device to be about 100 times more efficient than its previous design in converting the sun's light and heat into electricity.
Photo - Nick Melosh and Jared Schwede
March 14, 2013
Press Release
The ultrafast, ultrabright X-ray pulses of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) have enabled unprecedented views of a catalyst in action, an important step in the effort to develop cleaner and more efficient energy sources.
Artist rendition: molecules react with the surface of a catalyst in real time
March 13, 2013
News Feature
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) announced today that Dr. Steven M. Kahn will assume the role of Director of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Project effective July 1, 2013.
Photo of Steven M. Kahn
March 12, 2013
News Feature
Blue-glowing diamond crystals hold promise for expanding the research capacity of SLAC's X-ray laser by divvying up its pulses for use in separate, simultaneous experiments.
Image - A superthin diamond glows blue during a beam-sharing experiment at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser. (Credit: Diling Zhu, SLAC)
March 11, 2013
News Feature
The founding father of DNA nanotechnology – a field that forges tiny geometric building blocks from DNA strands – recently came to SLAC to get a new view of these creations using powerful X-ray laser pulses.
Image - Six-sided structure formed by DNA strands.
March 7, 2013
News Feature
Since 2009, SLAC scientist John Bargar has led a team using synchrotron-based X-ray techniques to study bacteria that help clean uranium from groundwater in a process called bioremediation.
Photo - Sam Webb, John Bargar and Juan Lezama-Pacheco...
February 27, 2013
News Feature
In less than a decade, SLAC has built up an impressive array of dozens of laser systems – and a team of laser scientists and engineers – with capabilities that make it one of the most cutting-edge national laboratories under the U.S. Department of Energy.
Photo - Two laser specialists wearing goggles, adjust...
February 19, 2013
News Feature
With SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser, timing is everything. Its pulses are designed to explore atomic-scale processes that are measured in femtoseconds, or quadrillionths of a second.
Image - Artist's rendering of two laser beams strikin...
February 14, 2013
Press Release
A new study confirms what scientists have long suspected: Cosmic rays – energetic particles that pelt Earth from all directions – are born in the violent aftermath of supernovas, exploding stars throughout the galaxy.
Artist's rendition of a supernova shock wave
February 14, 2013
Press Release
Menlo Park, Calif. — Opening a new window on the way plants generate the oxygen we breathe, researchers used an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to simultaneously look at the structure and chemical behavior of a natural catalyst involved in photosynthesis for the first time.
Microscope image of photosystem crystals
February 12, 2013
News Feature
SLAC played host to the regional Science Bowl last weekend, with a record 150 high-school students from 30 teams answering tough science questions in the hope of winning the top prize – a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national Department of Energy Science Bowl April 25 to 29.
Photo - Group shot of students holding Science Bowl banner.
February 7, 2013
News Feature
A material that could enable faster memory chips and more efficient batteries can switch between high and low ionic conductivity states much faster than previously thought, SLAC and Stanford researchers have determined. The key is to use extremely small chunks of it.
Image - Artistic rendering of elements at atomic level.
February 5, 2013
News Feature
Daniel DePonte, a pioneer in finding ways to serve up a steady and precise supply of crystals, viruses and other precious samples for laser experiments, is the newly hired sample-delivery group leader for SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser.
Photo - Daniel DePonte standing in experimental station.
February 3, 2013
News Feature
SLAC Deputy Director Emeritus and Stanford University Hoover Senior Fellow Sidney Drell was one of 12 distinguished researchers presented with the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in a Feb. 1 ceremony at the White House.
Photo - Sidney Drell standing with President Obama
January 31, 2013
News Feature
Scientists analyzing data from theScientists analyzing data from the BaBar experiment, which operated at SLAC between 1999 and 2008, recently published the results of a search for signs of invisible particles: exotic bits of matter that interact so weakly with ordinary stuff they left no mark in the BaBar detector.
Image - Cartoon elephant BaBar vanishing in suit.
January 31, 2013
News Feature
In experiments at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, scientists observed a surprisingly dense form of water that remained liquid well beyond its typical freezing point.
Photo - Deep blue water rippling.
January 30, 2013
News Feature
The way electrons move within and between molecules, transferring energy as they go, plays an important role in many chemical and biological processes, such as the conversion of sunlight to energy in photosynthesis and solar cells
Image - Tubular, color-coded molecular model.
January 22, 2013
News Feature
One of SLAC’s newest faculty members, Soichi Wakatsuki, says it was not any one thing that drew him here to help build and lead the lab’s biosciences program.
Photo - Portrait of Soichi Wakatsuki
January 16, 2013
News Feature
Five years ago, a pair of researchers used a clever update on a technique called in vitro evolution – evolution in a test tube – to turn an ordinary protein into an artificial enzyme, a biological catalyst capable of joining two segments of RNA. It was the first time this had ever been done.
Illustration showing creation of new enzyme using directed evolution.
January 14, 2013
News Feature
Britain’s Royal Astronomical Society has named Stanford University Physics Professor Roger Blandford as the 2013 winner of the Society’s highest honor, the Gold Medal.
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