2018 News Feature Archive

May 15, 2018
News Feature
The National Institutes of Health center on the SLAC campus will make this revolutionary technology available to scientists nationwide and teach them how to use it to study 3D structures of biological machines and molecules.
Cryo-EM image of a proton pump involved in maintaining bone
May 15, 2018
News Feature
Experiments at SLAC heated water from room temperature to 100,000 degrees Celsius in less than a millionth of a millionth of a second, producing an exotic state of water that could shed light on Earth’s most important liquid.
Illustration of water molecules hit by X-ray laser
May 9, 2018
News Feature
By placing the tiniest strands of proteins on one-atom-thick graphene, scientists capture promising X-ray laser images of these elusive biomolecules that play a key role in neurodegenerative diseases.
Illustration of amyloid fibrils on graphene
May 7, 2018
Press Release
The SuperCDMS SNOLAB project, a multi-institutional effort led by SLAC, is expanding the hunt for dark matter to particles with properties not accessible to any other experiment.
SuperCDMS Detector 2
May 2, 2018
News Feature
A team including SLAC researchers has measured the intricate interactions between atomic nuclei and electrons that are key to understanding intriguing materials properties, such as high-temperature superconductivity.
UED Setup
May 2, 2018
News Feature
SIMES scientists have developed a manganese-hydrogen battery that could fill a missing piece in the nation’s energy puzzle by storing wind and solar energy for when it is needed, lessening the need to burn carbon-emitting fossil fuels.
May 1, 2018
News Feature
Like turning a snowball back into fluffy snow, a new technique turns high-density materials into a lower-density one by applying the chemical equivalent of ‘negative pressure.’
SLAC scientists working at SSRL experimental station
May 1, 2018
News Feature
Approaching retirement, Jean Deken describes what it’s like to preserve decades of collective scientific memory at a national lab.
April 30, 2018
Press Release
The new facility provides revolutionary tools for exploring tiny biological machines, from viral particles to the interior of the cell.
SLAC-Stanford Cryo-EM Facility
April 26, 2018
News Feature
The liquid sheets – less than 100 water molecules thick – will let researchers probe chemical, physical and biological processes, and even the nature of water itself, in a way they could never do before.
A glass chip used as a nozzle to create thin sheets of flowing liquid.
April 23, 2018
News Feature
The foils, each made from a single chemical element, are used to calibrate X-ray equipment at SLAC’s SSRL synchrotron, and were donated by long-time user, Farrel Lytle.
Photo - thin metal foils
April 17, 2018
News Feature
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will track billions of objects for 10 years, creating unprecedented opportunities for studies of cosmic mysteries.
LSST
April 13, 2018
Press Release
SLAC and its collaborators are transforming the way new materials are discovered. In a new report, they combine artificial intelligence and accelerated experiments to discover potential alternatives to steel in a fraction of the time.
SLAC postdoctoral scholar Fang Ren at an SSRL beamline
April 9, 2018
News Feature
The new technology could allow next-generation instruments to explore the atomic world in ever more detail.
Beam from SRF gun
April 4, 2018
News Feature
When it comes to making molecular movies, producing the world’s fastest X-ray pulses is only half the battle. A new technique reveals details about the timing and energy of pulses that are less than a millionth of a billionth of a second long, which can be used to probe nature’s processes at this amazingly fast attosecond timescale.
Illustration of the LCSL "attoclock"
April 3, 2018
News Feature
The accomplished particle physicist will prepare the lab for its role in DUNE, a next-generation experiment designed to demystify neutrinos and their fundamental role in the universe.
Hirohisa Tanaka
March 28, 2018
News Feature
The DOE’s top official met with SLAC staff and toured the Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser, where a superconducting upgrade is underway.
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry at SLAC's LCLS undulator hall
March 26, 2018
News Feature
The professor at University of California, Davis, describes his innovative work at SLAC’s synchrotron to search for simple, selective catalysts.
Portrait of Bruce Gates
March 22, 2018
News Feature
With X-ray imaging at SLAC’s synchrotron, scientists uncovered a 6th century translation of a book by the Greek-Roman doctor Galen. The words had been scraped off the parchment manuscript and written over with hymns in the 11th century.
hands holding an old book page in front of synchrotron X-ray imaging equipment
March 21, 2018
News Feature
The bottom quark may lead physicists on a path to new discoveries.

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