2016 Press Release Archive

December 26, 2016
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Scientists at Stanford and SLAC use diamondoids – the smallest possible bits of diamond – to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires.
Diamondoids on a lab bench and under microscope, with penny for scale
November 21, 2016
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New X-ray methods have captured the highest resolution room-temperature images of photosystem II.
November 14, 2016
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Scientists used SLAC's LCLS X-ray laser to make the first snapshots of a chemical interaction between two biomolecules. It changes the shape of millions of molecular switches almost instantaneously, like synchronized swimmers performing the same move.
Illustration depicting a chemical interaction as synchronized swimmers
September 28, 2016
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SLAC’s X-ray laser provides clues to engineering a new protein to kill mosquitos that carry dengue and Zika.
September 21, 2016
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Just as Schroedinger's Cat is both alive and dead, an atom or molecule can be in two different states at once. Now scientists have exploited this behavior to make X-ray movies of atomic motion with much more detail than ever before.
Illustration of a molecule splitting into two Schroedinger's Cat states
August 31, 2016
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Method creates new opportunities for studies of extremely fast processes in biology, chemistry and materials science.
August 15, 2016
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Researchers at SLAC and Stanford have created a nanostructured device, about half the size of a postage stamp, that harnesses more of the sun's spectrum of light to disinfect water much faster than with ultraviolet rays alone.
A researcher holds a tiny device that uses sunlight to disinfect water.
August 4, 2016
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An interdisciplinary team has developed a way to track how particles charge and discharge at the nanoscale, an advance that will lead to better batteries for all sorts of mobile applications.
July 6, 2016
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Before Hitomi died, it sent back X-ray data that explain how turbulent motions may prevent cooling of hot gas.
May 5, 2016
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High-speed X-ray camera reveals ultrafast atomic motions at the root of organisms’ ability to turn light into biological function.
April 4, 2016
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Upgrade will sharpen our view of nature’s atomic processes at work, aiding the development of a number of transformative technologies.
April 1, 2016
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Scientists have used X-rays to observe exactly how silver electrical contacts form during manufacturing of solar modules.
February 10, 2016
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A new study with the LCLS X-ray laser could change the way researchers take atomic-level snapshots of important biological machineries, potentially affecting research in drug development, clean energy production and many more areas.
January 28, 2016
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Wrapping silicon anode particles in custom-fit graphene cages could solve two major obstacles to using silicon in high-capacity lithium ion batteries.
Illustration of silicon particles with and without graphene cages