2014 News Feature Archive

July 31, 2014
News Feature
With two SLAC researchers in the lead, an analysis of the enigmatic Fermi bubbles has narrowed down the number of possibilities for their origin, but hasn't completely solved the puzzle.
Image - Artist's representation of Fermi bubbles
July 29, 2014
News Feature
Researchers at SLAC collaborate with small businesses to develop technology so it can benefit the world at large.
A copper acceleration cavity with an extremely thin coating of tungsten.
July 29, 2014
News Feature
Photon science, a spin-off of particle physics, has returned to its roots for help developing better, faster detectors.
July 29, 2014
News Feature
Researchers have taken a big step toward accomplishing what battery designers have been trying to do for decades – design a pure lithium anode.
July 24, 2014
News Feature
Step on a scale and you’ll get a quick measure of your weight. Weighing galaxy clusters, groups of hundreds or thousands of galaxies bound together by gravity, isn’t so easy. But scientists have many ways to do it.
July 22, 2014
News Feature
A determined volunteer gives an old detector new life as the centerpiece of a cosmic ray exhibit.
July 22, 2014
News Feature
SLAC scientists have developed a new way to manufacture nanostructures, including precise focusing devices for X-rays.
Image - This colorized scanning electron microscope image shows a top-down view of a spiral zone plate, an X-ray optical device, created using a chemical etching technique developed at SLAC. (Chieh Chang, Anne Sakdinawat)
July 21, 2014
News Feature
Scientists at SLAC and in Denmark have developed an alternative fuel cell catalyst that’s five times more active than pure platinum and uses much less of the expensive metal.
Photo of a hydrogen fuel cell car
July 18, 2014
News Feature
Scientists from two experiments have banded together to create a single comprehensive record of their work for scientific posterity.
July 17, 2014
News Feature
In an experiment at SLAC's X-ray laser, scientists split molecules into two fragments using pulses of infrared light, and then used X-ray pulses to observe the transfer of electrons.
Image - In this illustration of a severed methyl iodide molecule, electrons jump the gap from one fragment containing carbon and hydrogen atoms (right) to the other fragment, which contains an iodine atom (left).
July 17, 2014
News Feature
Tucked in a small laboratory at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a team of scientists from the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES) is making and testing new types of lithium-ion batteries. Their goal: create a battery five times better than the ones we use today.
Photo - scientist preparing a dime-sized prototype battery
July 16, 2014
News Feature
Following an absence of six years, beams of positrons – the antimatter twins of electrons – are once more streaming through SLAC's linear accelerator to waiting experiments.
Photo – FACET instruments, including plasma oven for plasma wakefield experiments.
July 15, 2014
News Feature
Detecting new physics isn’t quite like detecting cat videos—yet.
July 11, 2014
News Feature
Together, three experiments, two with major SLAC contributions, will search for a variety of types of dark matter particles.
July 10, 2014
Press Release
Scientists have found a way to estimate uncertainties in computer calculations that are widely used to speed the search for new materials for industry, electronics, energy, drug design and a host of other applications.
July 9, 2014
Press Release
Using high-brilliance X-rays, researchers track the process that fuel cells use to produce electricity, knowledge that will help make large-scale
July 4, 2014
News Feature
Two years after the groundbreaking discovery of the Higgs boson, physicists are still hard at work.
July 3, 2014
News Feature
SLAC scientist Michael Kelsey sees connections between the communities of physicists and do-it-yourselfers.
July 3, 2014
News Feature
At UXSS, 90 graduate students and postdocs from all over the world got a crash course in how to do research at X-ray lasers such as LCLS.
Archana Raja, a graduate student at Columbia University, explains her group’s poster presentation at SLAC’s Ultrafast X-ray Summer Seminar.
July 1, 2014
News Feature
Two dark matter hunters with decades of experience between them are turning SLAC into their base of operations for LZ, the next big dark matter search.
Photo - Dark matter hunters Thomas Shutt (l) and Daniel Akerib.

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