2011 Press Release Archive

November 17, 2011
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Menlo Park, Calif. — If we could make plant food from nitrogen the way nature does, we’d have a much greener method for manufacturing fertilizer – a process that requires such high temperatures and pressures that it consumes about 1.5 percent of the world’s energy.
SLAC Physicist Uwe Bergmann
November 1, 2011
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Stanford University announced today that Persis S. Drell, director at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has decided to return to her position as a faculty member.
Persis Drell, SLAC Director
September 4, 2011
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Menlo Park, Calif. – Scientists have reached a crucial milestone that could lead to a new class of materials with useful electronic properties.
Julie Bert, a graduate student at SIMES
June 30, 2011
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Menlo Park, Calif.--Scientists report today that they have taken a big step in determining what the first birds looked like more than 100 million years ago, when their relatives, the dinosaurs, still ruled the Earth.
calcium distribution in Confuciusornis sanctus
June 16, 2011
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Menlo Park, Calif.—Glass, by definition, is amorphous; its atoms lack order and are arranged every which way.
Diamond Anvil Cell Like That Used to Squeeze Samples of Metallic Glass
May 2, 2011
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Scientists have engineered a cheap, abundant alternative to the expensive platinum catalyst and coupled it with a light-absorbing electrode to make hydrogen fuel from sunlight and water.
Tiny Silicon Pillars
March 24, 2011
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Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a puzzling gap in the electronic structures of some high-temperature superconductors could indicate a new phase of matter.
The Pseudogap in a High-temperature Superconductor
February 3, 2011
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Two studies to be published February 3 in Nature demonstrate how the unique capabilities of the world’s first hard X-ray free-electron laser—the Linac Coherent Light Source, located at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory—could revolutionize the study of life.
Mimivirus X-ray Diffraction Pattern
January 6, 2011
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The Crab Nebula, one of our best-known and most stable neighbors in the winter sky, is shocking scientists with its propensity for fireworks—gamma-ray flares set off by the most energetic particles ever traced to a specific astronomical object.
The Crab Nebula