2015 News Feature Archive

June 8, 2015
News Feature
SLAC visiting scientist and consulting professor Claudio Pellegrini is honored for contributions to free-electron laser science.
Image - Claudio Pellegrini stands in the Linac Coherent Light Source Beam Transport Hall. The accelerated electron beam passes through here to the Undulator Hall, where electron bunches generate X-rays. (Michelle McCarron)
June 5, 2015
News Feature
How do accelerators survive in some of the most earthquake-prone regions on Earth?
June 3, 2015
News Feature
Data collection has officially begun at the Large Hadron Collider.
May 29, 2015
News Feature
SLAC and the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis supported creation of a new carbon material that significantly improves the performance of batteries and supercapacitors.
May 27, 2015
News Feature
Results from SIMES theorists pave the way for experiments that create and control new forms of matter with light.
Depiction of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb pattern to form graphene
May 26, 2015
News Feature
The underground home of the LUX dark matter experiment has a rich scientific history.
May 21, 2015
News Feature
An experiment at SLAC’s X-ray laser provides new insight into the ultrafast motions of a muscle protein in a basic biochemical reaction.
Image - This computerized rendering shows the 3-D structure of myoglobin, an oxygen-carrying protein found in many mammals’ muscles. The jagged green line represents a pulse of laser light that excites an iron atom (red sphere) at the core of the protein.
May 21, 2015
News Feature
The Large Hadron Collider broke its own record again in 13-trillion-electronvolt test collisions.
May 20, 2015
News Feature
Researchers at SLAC are setting up a test stand and liquid xenon purification system for the future LZ experiment, which is scheduled to begin its search for dark matter particles in 2019.
May 12, 2015
News Feature
SLAC scientists and engineers celebrated the completion of a new clean room, where the lab will assemble the camera of the future Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.
May 8, 2015
News Feature
Anne Sakdinawat, a SLAC scientist, has been selected to receive a grant to advance her work in producing and using new types of X-ray imaging tools.
Image - Anne Sakdinawat (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
May 7, 2015
News Feature
A new agreement paves the way for joint projects between the United States and CERN.
May 5, 2015
News Feature
A commercial X-ray source with roots in SLAC research enables multi-mode computer tomography scans that outperform routine scans in hospitals. The technique could potentially find widespread use in medicine and other fields.
May 1, 2015
News Feature
A 20-ton superconducting magnet has completed its journey from California to New York.
May 1, 2015
News Feature
A team led by Stanford University scientists is using software to breathe new life into results from past biological experiments at SLAC’s X-ray laser.
This illustration shows Tiny crystallized biomolecules in a liquid solution (right) are streamed into X-ray laser pulses (shown as a white beam) in this illustration of crystallography at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser.
April 30, 2015
News Feature
Scientists at SLAC and Utrecht University have identified how catalysts degrade when used to refine crude oil.
Image - Research at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory could lead to more efficient gasoline production. (@iStockphoto/Patryk Kosmider)
April 29, 2015
News Feature
Either Supersymmetry will be found in the next years of research at the Large Hadron Collider, or it isn’t exactly what theorists hoped it was.
April 29, 2015
News Feature
SIMES principal investigators Zhi-Xun Shen, Shoucheng Zhang and Aharon Kapitulnik were elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
April 28, 2015
News Feature
Antimatter has fueled many a supernatural tale. It's also fascinating all by itself.
April 23, 2015
Press Release
An experiment at SLAC's X-ray laser has revealed in atomic detail how a hypertension drug binds to a cellular receptor that plays a key role in regulating blood pressure.
Image - This photo shows a medical device used to monitor blood pressure. In a study at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser, researchers studied how a hypertension drug binds to a cellular receptor known as an angiotensin II type 1 receptor.

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