2014 News Feature Archive

November 10, 2014
News Feature
Scientists at Genentech and SLAC have watched a key human protein change from a form that protects cells to one that kills them, providing valuable new insights to cancer research.
November 5, 2014
Press Release
Scientists have demonstrated that a promising technique for accelerating electrons on waves of hot plasma is efficient enough to power a new generation of shorter, more economical accelerators.
November 4, 2014
News Feature
SIMES researcher and Stanford physics professor Shoucheng Zhang has been named a recipient of the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics, one of the oldest and most prestigious science awards in the United States.
November 3, 2014
News Feature
Just three days after the San Francisco Giants won the 2014 World Series, SLAC helped transform their home stadium, AT&T Park, into a science paradise.
photo - SLAC at A&T Park
October 29, 2014
News Feature
The Stanford University Libraries have launched the “Wayback” system – a Web archive that features SLAC’s earliest websites dating back to 1991.
October 24, 2014
News Feature
Cosmic inflation refers to a period of rapid, accelerated expansion that scientists think took place about 14 billion years ago.
October 21, 2014
News Feature
SLAC will participate in Discovery Days at AT&T Park – the concluding highlight of the fourth annual Bay Area Science Festival.
Image - “Discovery Days” at AT&T Park transforms the home of the San Francisco Giants into a science wonderland. SLAC will have two booths this year. (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
October 20, 2014
News Feature
Research led by SLAC and Stanford scientists has uncovered a new, unpredicted behavior in a copper oxide material that conducts electricity without any loss at relatively high temperatures.
SLAC Staff Scientist Wei-sheng Lee
October 15, 2014
News Feature
Nobel Prize-winning scientists and other prominent researchers, including new directors for SLAC's X-ray laser and synchrotron, gave talks during an Oct. 7-10 event.
Image - SLAC Director Chi-Chang Kao discusses the lab's strategic plan during the LCLS/SSRL Annual Users' Meeting and Workshops. (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
October 13, 2014
News Feature
Johnson and his team assist scientists with synchrotron experiments and work to keep X-ray beamlines running at SLAC.
Image - Bart Johnson of SLAC's Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource is congratulated by X-ray science luminary Farrel W. Lytle after receiving an annual award. (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
October 9, 2014
News Feature
SLAC scientists are among the researchers to receive funding to advance solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy.
October 8, 2014
News Feature
Astrophysicists inspire space-related projects at a 24-hour hack-a-thon in San Francisco.
October 7, 2014
News Feature
Since the success of its inaugural experiment five years ago, thousands of scientists have used SLAC's X-ray laser to probe previously unreachable extremes in fields ranging from biology to astrophysics.
Image - This illustration shows how the first experiment at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser stripped away electrons from neon atoms. (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
October 6, 2014
News Feature
Researchers have discovered that some common messenger molecules in human cells double as hormones when joined to a protein that interacts with DNA.
Image - In this rendering, the structure of the nuclear receptor transcription factor Steroidogenic Factor-1 (SF-1, shown in gray) is bound by the signaling phospholipid referred to as "PIP3" (blue and red). (Raymond Blind/UCSF)
October 3, 2014
News Feature
Burton Richter, Nobel laureate and director emeritus at SLAC, has been selected by President Obama to receive the National Medal of Science – the nation's highest honor for achievement in the field of science.
October 1, 2014
News Feature
Martin L. Perl, a professor emeritus of physics at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in physics for discovery of the tau lepton, died Sept. 30 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto at the age of 87.
September 22, 2014
News Feature
SSRL protein crystallography expert joined research effort that could lead to a safe and effective alternative to chemotherapy.
September 22, 2014
News Feature
Experiments at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory solve a long-standing mystery in the role calcium atoms serve in a chemical reaction that releases oxygen into the air we breathe.
Image - This illustration of a model molecular complex mimics the final step in the cycle of photosynthesis: oxygen release.
September 14, 2014
Press Release
A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as researchers had thought – and that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated.
Photo - battery cycler
September 12, 2014
News Feature
William Weis, PhD, chairman and professor of photon science at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has been appointed chairman of the Department of Structural Biology in the Stanford School of Medicine.

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