2014 News Feature Archive

September 11, 2014
News Feature
Three scientists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have received international prizes for their achievements in free-electron laser science.
Image - From left, SLAC's Erik Hemsing, Zhirong Huang and William Fawley accept awards during the 36th International Free Electron Laser Conference in Basel, Switzerland. At right is SLAC's Paul Emma, who served as this year's FEL Prize committee chairman
September 11, 2014
News Feature
By observing how hydrogen is absorbed into individual palladium nanocubes, Stanford materials scientists have detailed a key step in storing energy and information in nanomaterials.
September 10, 2014
News Feature
Researchers have shown X-ray laser pulses can capture natural motion in a polymer that behaves in unusual ways when heated to a middle ground between its melting point and solid state.
Image -  Illustration of a polystrene molecular chain and Styrofoam cups, which are made of polystyrene. (@iStockphoto/Devonyu, Martin McCarthy)
September 9, 2014
Press Release
Scientists have married two unconventional forms of carbon – one shaped like a soccer ball, the other a tiny diamond – to make a hybrid that could channel electron flow in molecular electronic devices.
September 8, 2014
News Feature
The world's first large-scale, interactive molecular physics experience is the brainchild of David Glowacki, a visiting researcher at the PULSE Institute.
September 4, 2014
News Feature
Physicists and other scientists use the GEANT4 toolkit to identify problems before they occur.
September 4, 2014
News Feature
Lee comes from MIT, where his team recently discovered a fundamentally new type of magnetic behavior in a mineral called herbertsmithite.
SLAC and Stanford Professor Young S. Lee
September 3, 2014
News Feature
Scientists have for the first time mapped the atomic structure of a protein within a living cell. The technique, which peered into cells with an X-ray laser, could allow scientists to explore some components of living cells as never before.
Image - These micrograph images show rod-shaped bacterial cells suspended in pure water. The dark rectangular shapes inside the cells correspond to naturally occurring crystals within the cells.
September 2, 2014
News Feature
A postdoctoral researcher, whose work at SLAC's synchrotron was key in adapting an X-ray technique to probe chemical bonds in new ways, will receive an annual scientific award.
Image - Chris Pollock monitors an experiment at SLAC's Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. (Courtesy of Chris Pollock)
August 21, 2014
Press Release
An experiment revealed a well-organized 3-D grid of quantum "tornadoes" inside microscopic droplets of supercooled liquid helium – the first time this formation has been seen at such a tiny scale.
August 20, 2014
News Feature
Physicists have good reason to believe 85 percent of the matter in the universe is currently undetectable. But not being able to see it didn’t keep students at the 42nd SLAC Summer Institute from learning about it.
Photo - SSI speaker Tracy Slatyer of MIT
August 18, 2014
News Feature
Ying Diao, a postdoctoral researcher who brought key innovations to a printing technique for flexible electronics and solar panels, will receive an award for her X-ray studies at SLAC.
Image - Ying Diao
August 18, 2014
News Feature
In September, DES will make data collected in its first season freely available to researchers.
August 14, 2014
News Feature
SLAC will play a key role in a DOE-funded research consortium that seeks out new materials for next-generation solar panels, low-energy lighting and other uses.
Image - A researcher at SLAC's Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource holds up a thin strip of material printed with an ink (magenta) relevant to solar-energy conversion.
August 11, 2014
News Feature
A team of scientists generated a giant cosmic simulation—and now they're giving it away.
August 7, 2014
News Feature
Brian Greene welcomes the Internet to physics class with World Science U.
August 6, 2014
News Feature
SLAC researchers have developed a laser-timing system that could lead to X-ray snapshots fast enough to reveal the triggers of chemical and material reactions.
Image - An illustration of the setup used to test an "attosecond" timing tool at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser. The dashed line represents the arrival time of the X-ray laser.
August 5, 2014
News Feature
Last year, a monster magnet set out from Brookhaven National Lab on an epic trek by land and sea to Fermilab, where it will serve as the heart of a search for evidence of new subatomic particles. Last month, researchers came to SLAC to test the eyes and nerves of the same experiment: a cutting-edge design for a new detector.
Photo – The Muon g-2 Detector Group
August 4, 2014
News Feature
SLAC is leading the construction of LSST's 3,200-megapixel camera. The telescope will start surveying the entire visible southern sky in 2022.
August 1, 2014
News Feature
The Higgs boson could be the tool that leads scientists to the next big discovery.

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