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SLAC Research Reveals Rapid DNA Changes that Act as Molecular Sunscreen

Illustration showing a thymine molecule, DNA helix and the sun.
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Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have made the first structural observations of liquid water at temperatures down to minus...

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A sense of adventure and intellectual rigor led PULSE chemistry professor Kelly Gaffney to a successful career in science.

Image - PULSE chemistry professor Kelly Gaffney. (Brad Plummer/SLAC)
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The Department of Energy has awarded two Stanford scientists funding through the agency’s Early Career Research Program.

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In a recent experiment at SLAC's Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, scientists "tickled" atoms to explore the flow of heat and energy across materials at...

Photo - A view of a materials science experimental setup at SLAC's Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL). The circular instrument that frames this photo is part of a diffractometer that was used to align samples and a detector with X-rays.
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SLAC-led researchers have made the first direct measurements of a small, extremely rapid atomic rearrangement that dramatically changes the properties of many important materials.

The transformation of cadmium sulfide nanocrystals
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An international team led by scientists from two SLAC/Stanford institutes has devised a much faster and more accurate way of measuring subtle atomic vibrations...

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A material that could enable faster memory chips and more efficient batteries can switch between high and low ionic conductivity states much faster than...

Image - Artistic rendering of elements at atomic level.
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An international team of researchers has used SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) to discover never-before-seen behavior by electrons in complex materials with extraordinary...

alternating stripes of charges and spins that self-organize in a particular nickel oxide at sufficiently low temperatures
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A surprising atomic-scale wiggle underlies the way a special class of materials reacts to light, according to research that may lead to new devices...

artist's conception depicts the sudden contraction and elongation experienced by the unit cell of the ferroelectric material lead titanate as an intense pulse of violet light hits it
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Scientists have found a way to distort the atomic arrangement and change the magnetic properties of an important class of electronic materials with ultra-short...

This graphic depicts an ultrashort pulse of terahertz light distorting a manganite crystal lattice