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How a Single Chemical Bond Balances Cells Between Life and Death


With SLAC’s X-ray laser and synchrotron, scientists measured exactly how much energy goes into keeping a crucial chemical bond from triggering a cell's death spiral.
22-Jun-2017 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

A Single Electron’s Tiny Leap Sets Off ‘Molecular Sunscreen’ Response


In experiments at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, scientists were able to see the first step of a process that protects a DNA building block called thymine from sun damage: When it’s hit with ultraviolet light, a...
22-Jun-2017 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

SLAC Experiment is First to Decipher Atomic Structure of an Intact Virus with an X-ray Laser


An international team of scientists has for the first time used an X-ray free-electron laser to unravel the structure of an intact virus particle on the atomic level. The method dramatically reduces the amount of virus material required, while also...
20-Jun-2017 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

New Research Finds a Missing Piece to High-Temperature Superconductor Mystery


An international team led by scientists from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University has detected new features in the electronic behavior of a copper oxide material that may help explain why it...
14-Jun-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Q&A: SLAC’s Vera Lüth Discusses the Search for New Physics


In this Q&A, particle physicist Vera Lüth discusses scientific results that potentially hint at physics beyond the Standard Model. The professor emerita of experimental particle physics at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator...
7-Jun-2017 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

SLAC X-Ray Beam Helps Uncover Blueprint for Lassa Virus Vaccine


A team of scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has solved the structure of the viral machinery that Lassa virus uses to enter human cells. X-ray beams from the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at the Department of...
1-Jun-2017 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

The World’s Most Powerful X-Ray Laser Beam Creates ‘Molecular Black Hole’


When scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory focused the full intensity of the world’s most powerful X-ray laser on a small molecule, they got a surprise: A single laser pulse stripped all but a few...
30-May-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Fermi Satellite Observes Billionth Gamma Ray with LAT Instrument

On April 12, one of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope's instruments – the Large Area Telescope (LAT), which was conceived of and assembled at SLAC – detected its billionth extraterrestrial gamma ray.
10-May-2017 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Q&A: SLAC Theorist Lance Dixon Explains Quantum Gravity


In this Q&A, Particle Physics and Astrophysics Professor Lance Dixon of Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory explains one approach to developing such a theory, called quantum gravity.
18-Nov-2015 12:05 PM EST

SLAC Researchers to Present at AAAS 2015

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory researchers will share the latest discoveries and innovations in a wide range of fields at this year’s AAAS Annual Meeting (Feb. 12-16 in San Jose, Calif.), including X-ray lasers, quantum materials, citizen...
10-Feb-2015 6:40 PM EST

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