2020 News Feature Archive

December 18, 2020
News Feature
The study, done on a mild-mannered relative of the virus that causes COVID-19, paves the way for seeing more clearly how spike proteins initiate infections, with an eye to preventing and treating them.
Illustration of a coronavirus spike
December 17, 2020
News Feature
The results, which show that ultrafast atomic motions are the first step in forming a magnetic state, could lead to faster and more efficient data storage devices.
Charge transfer
December 14, 2020
News Feature
The lab’s X-ray laser recently joined other facilities in making remote science possible from any corner of the world, a trend that will likely continue into the future.
Remote experiments in the control room at LCLS
December 4, 2020
News Feature
The results of a new scientific study reveal how photosynthetic reaction centers adapt to make light-driven reactions more efficient.
photosynthesis header
November 25, 2020
News Feature
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Cui was honored for his work on materials chemistry for energy and the environment, and Wechsler for scientific contributions and leadership of large programs in cosmology.
Portraits of Yi Cui and Risa Wechsler
November 24, 2020
News Feature
Most new materials are discovered near the proverbial shore. Now, scientists deploy artificial intelligence and high-throughput experimental techniques to search previously uncharted waters to find revolutionary new materials.
A ship sails along a coastline, while a sea monster swims near an island where treasure can be found.
November 23, 2020
News Feature
A better understanding of how this happens could help researchers hone future electronic measurements and offer insights into how X-rays interact with matter on ultrafast time scales.
Image - Artist's rendering of two laser beams striking sample.
November 16, 2020
News Feature
SLAC cosmologists are using multiple images of the same quasars, produced by massive galaxies’ gravitational pull, to calibrate cosmic distances. Their work may help resolve long-standing debates about how quickly the universe is expanding.
Light from a distant quasar bends around a galaxy, creating four images of the quasar.
November 4, 2020
News Brief
The center complements other NIH centers at SLAC and elsewhere that broaden access to this cutting-edge technology for biomedical research.
Cryo-EM images of yeast cells with contents highlighted
October 29, 2020
News Brief
Images reveal how some antibodies may block SARS-CoV-2 infection.
A rendering of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
October 29, 2020
News Feature
SLAC and Stanford partner with two Illinois universities to create the Center for Quantum Sensing and Quantum Materials, which aims to unravel mysteries associated with exotic superconductors, topological insulators and strange metals.
Illustration of quantum processes
October 28, 2020
News Brief
Scientists at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource will study plastics and biologically-motivated processes that break them down in hopes of finding more efficient ways to “upcycle” them.
Clear plastic bottles
October 28, 2020
News Feature
The initiative will give scientists more access to powerful lasers at universities and labs.
LaserNetUS
October 21, 2020
News Feature
At the Machine Shop, Pete Franco crafts beautiful, intricate and precise parts for the lab’s latest scientific tools.
Pete Franco at the SLAC Machine Shop
October 20, 2020
News Feature
The early-career award honors a promising leader in X-ray free-electron laser research.
elisa
October 16, 2020
News Feature
The annual conference for scientists who conduct research at SLAC’s light sources engaged more than 1,700 researchers in talks, workshops and discussions.
2020 SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting
October 15, 2020
Press Release
Adding polymers and fireproofing to a battery’s current collectors makes it lighter, safer and about 20% more efficient.
Conceptual illustration of advantages of redesigned current collector
October 12, 2020
Press Release
FACET-II will pave the way for a future generation of particle colliders and powerful light sources, opening avenues in high-energy physics, medicine, and materials, biological and energy science.
FACET II
October 7, 2020
News Feature
No human cell can function without these tiny machines, which cause disease when they go haywire and offer potential targets for therapeutic drugs.
Illustration of molecular Ferris wheel moving protons
September 30, 2020
News Feature
Daniel Ratner, head of SLAC’s machine learning initiative, explains the lab’s unique opportunities to advance scientific discovery through machine learning.
Daniel Ratner

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