2014 News Feature Archive

July 1, 2014
News Feature
Stanford researcher Thomas F. Jaramillo has been named SUNCAT’s new deputy director for experiments. He succeeds SLAC’s Anders Nilsson.
June 27, 2014
News Feature
Efforts are already underway to ensure that the data the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope collects will be ready to be mined for scientific gold.
June 27, 2014
News Feature
Scientists at SLAC have been blowing up "buckyballs" – soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules – with an X-ray laser to understand how they fly apart. The results, they say, will help them interpret X-ray images of tiny viruses, individual proteins and other important biomolecules.
Image - Buckyballs, molecules composed of 60 carbon atoms, bust apart as they are struck by intense X-ray pulses at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source. (Greg Stewart/SLAC)
June 24, 2014
News Feature
The Open Science Grid enables faster, more efficient analysis of LHC data—and also contributes to advancements in fields from geology to medicine.
June 23, 2014
News Feature
A new result from the Large Hadron Collider strengthens the case that the Higgs interacts with both types of particles in the Standard Model.
June 23, 2014
Press Release
DNA’s molecular building blocks absorb ultraviolet light so strongly that sunlight should deactivate them – yet it doesn’t. A new SLAC study reveals details of a “relaxation response” that protects these molecules and the genetic information they encode.
Illustration showing a thymine molecule, DNA helix and the sun.
June 20, 2014
News Feature
Students estimate their way through pop culture problems to learn a life skill.
June 19, 2014
News Feature
Harold Hwang, the deputy director of SLAC's Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES), has been awarded the 2014 EPS Condensed Matter Division Europhysics Prize for his role in the discovery and investigation of electron liquids at oxide interfaces.
June 18, 2014
Press Release
Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have made the first structural observations of liquid water at temperatures down to minus 51 degrees Fahrenheit, within an elusive “no man’s land” where water’s strange properties are super-amplified.
Artist's concept - see caption
June 17, 2014
News Feature
A sense of adventure and intellectual rigor led PULSE chemistry professor Kelly Gaffney to a successful career in science.
Image - PULSE chemistry professor Kelly Gaffney. (Brad Plummer/SLAC)
June 12, 2014
News Feature
Even in their infancy, X-ray lasers such as SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source are notching a list of important discoveries, and a special issue of a scientific journal highlights their unique contributions to biological sciences.
Image - This illustration represents data derived from 175,000 X-ray diffraction patterns of Trapanosoma brucei cathepsin B, a protein relevant to African sleeping sickness, measured with X-ray pulses at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source. (CFEL)
June 9, 2014
News Feature
A sensor design first envisioned in 1995 by physicists and engineers at SLAC plays a starring role in a major ATLAS detector upgrade at the Large Hadron Collider.
Photo - Several 3-D sensors etched into a silicon wafer
June 6, 2014
News Feature
SLAC scientists have found a new way to produce bright pulses of light from accelerated electrons that could shrink "light source" technology used around the world since the 1970s to examine details of atoms and chemical reactions.
Image - Muhammad Shumail, a PhD student, inspects the microwave undulator that he worked to design and build. (Fabricio Sousa/SLAC)
June 4, 2014
News Feature
If it exists, a type of decay called neutrinoless double-beta decay will show that neutrinos are their own antiparticles and can help scientists determine their masses.
Photo – SLAC engineers weld the xenon vessel shut
June 3, 2014
News Feature
Differences between two types of black-hole-powered galaxies may reflect a change in how the galaxies extract energy from their central black holes.
June 3, 2014
News Feature
After working with particle accelerators his entire professional career, Heather Rock Woods’ father placed himself in the path of a beam to fight cancer.
June 2, 2014
News Feature
Researchers from Oxford, SIMES and Berkeley Lab say cadmium arsenide could yield practical devices with the same extraordinary electronic properties as 2-D graphene.
This illustration depicts fast-moving, massless electrons inside the material.
May 30, 2014
News Feature
US scientists collaborated with an international team to install a new component in the core of the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider.
May 29, 2014
News Feature
Physicist Rick Field discusses physics, Hollywood and a recent appearance by his sister, actress Sally Field, on the Late Show with David Letterman.
May 22, 2014
Press Release
By finding surprising similarities in the way immune system defenders bind to disease-causing invaders, a new study may help scientists develop new treatments.
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