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Newswise: Mysterious soil virus gene seen for first time
Released: 20-Sep-2022 8:05 AM EDT
Mysterious soil virus gene seen for first time
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Until now, scientists have wondered whether some AMG proteins play a role in critical soil processes, like carbon cycling. To find out more about soil AMGs, researchers determined the atomic structure of a protein that is expressed by a particular AMG.

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Released: 15-Sep-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Researchers at SLAC use purified liquid xenon to search for mysterious dark matter particles
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

An enormous vat of pure liquid xenon will help scientists at SLAC and around the globe learn more about the universe.

Newswise: Chengcheng Fan wins 2022 Klein Award for coronavirus vaccine and protein transporter research
Released: 14-Sep-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Chengcheng Fan wins 2022 Klein Award for coronavirus vaccine and protein transporter research
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Fan’s X-ray crystallography work at SLAC’s synchrotron moves us closer to a more protective coronavirus vaccine and a better understanding of how vital materials flow in and out of cells.

Newswise: SARS-CoV-2 protein caught severing critical immunity pathway
Released: 8-Sep-2022 12:55 PM EDT
SARS-CoV-2 protein caught severing critical immunity pathway
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Over the past two years, scientists have studied the SARS-CoV-2 virus in great detail, laying the foundation for developing COVID-19 vaccines and antiviral treatments. Now, for the first time, scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have seen one of the virus’s most critical interactions, which could help researchers develop more precise treatments.

Newswise: ‘Diamond rain’ on giant icy planets could be more common than previously thought
1-Sep-2022 5:00 PM EDT
‘Diamond rain’ on giant icy planets could be more common than previously thought
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

A new study has found that “diamond rain,” a long-hypothesized exotic type of precipitation on ice giant planets, could be more common than previously thought. In an earlier experiment, researchers mimicked the extreme temperatures and pressures found deep inside ice giants Neptune and Uranus and, for the first time, observed diamond rain as it formed.

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Released: 31-Aug-2022 2:45 PM EDT
Helium’s chilling journey to cool a particle accelerator
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

En route to record-breaking X-rays, SLAC’s Cryogenic team built a helium-refrigeration plant that lowers the LCLS-II accelerator to superconducting temperatures.

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Released: 29-Aug-2022 4:00 PM EDT
Vintage SLAC accelerator software spreads its wings
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

SLAC works with two small businesses to adapt its pioneering software, ACE3P, for scientific computing and manufacturing design. The goal: to make using DOE supercomputers easier and more efficient.

Newswise: How do you take a better image of atom clouds? Mirrors – lots of mirrors
Released: 19-Aug-2022 2:20 PM EDT
How do you take a better image of atom clouds? Mirrors – lots of mirrors
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

To capture as much information as possible about clouds of atoms at the heart of the MAGIS-100 experiment, SLAC scientists devised a dome of mirrors that gathers more light from more angles.

Newswise: Exploring Quantum Electron Highways with Laser Light
Released: 18-Aug-2022 11:15 AM EDT
Exploring Quantum Electron Highways with Laser Light
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Hitting a topological insulator with powerful pulses of circularly polarized laser light reveals what its electrons are doing – and how its surface switches from being an electron highway to an electron roadblock.

Newswise: Study finds nickelate superconductors are intrinsically magnetic
Released: 1-Aug-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Study finds nickelate superconductors are intrinsically magnetic
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Scientists embedded elementary particles called muons into a nickel oxide superconductor to learn more about its magnetic properties. They discovered very different magnetic behavior than the best known unconventional superconductors, the cuprates, display.

Newswise: SLAC expands and centralizes computing infrastructure to prepare for data challenges of the future
Released: 27-Jul-2022 4:25 PM EDT
SLAC expands and centralizes computing infrastructure to prepare for data challenges of the future
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

A computing facility at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is doubling in size, preparing the lab for new scientific endeavors that promise to revolutionize our understanding of the world from atomic to cosmic scales but also require handling unprecedented data streams.

Newswise: A new leap in understanding nickel oxide superconductors
Released: 25-Jul-2022 12:55 PM EDT
A new leap in understanding nickel oxide superconductors
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Unconventional superconductors contain a mix of weird quantum states. SLAC and Stanford researchers found one of them – frozen electron ripples known as charge density waves – in a nickelate superconductor they discovered three years ago.

Newswise: X-Rays Help Researchers Piece Together Treasured Cellular Gateway for First Time
Released: 11-Jul-2022 2:05 PM EDT
X-Rays Help Researchers Piece Together Treasured Cellular Gateway for First Time
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

After almost two decades of synchrotron experiments, Caltech scientists have captured a clear picture of a cell’s nuclear pores, which are the doors and windows through which critical material in your body flows in and out of the cell’s nucleus. These findings could lead to new treatments of certain cancers, autoimmune diseases and heart conditions.

Newswise: Researchers Model Accelerator Magnets' History Using Machine Learning Approach
Released: 15-Jun-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Researchers Model Accelerator Magnets' History Using Machine Learning Approach
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

After a long day of work, you might feel tired or exhilarated. Either way, you are affected by what happened to you in the past.

Newswise: Researchers aim X-rays at century-old plant secretions for insight into Aboriginal Australian cultural heritage
Released: 26-May-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Researchers aim X-rays at century-old plant secretions for insight into Aboriginal Australian cultural heritage
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

For tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal Australians have created some of the world’s most striking artworks. Today their work continues long lines of ancestral traditions, stories of the past and connections to current cultural landscapes, which is why researchers are keen on better understanding and preserving the cultural heritage within.

Newswise: Superconductivity and Charge Density Waves Caught Intertwining at the Nanoscale
Released: 20-May-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Superconductivity and Charge Density Waves Caught Intertwining at the Nanoscale
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Scientists discover superconductivity and charge density waves are intrinsically interconnected at the nanoscopic level, a new understanding that could help lead to the next generation of electronics and computers.

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Released: 10-May-2022 12:15 PM EDT
SLAC’s superconducting X-ray laser reaches operating temperature colder than outer space
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Nestled 30 feet underground in Menlo Park, California, a half-mile-long stretch of tunnel is now colder than most of the universe. It houses a new superconducting particle accelerator, part of an upgrade project to the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray free-electron laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. 

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Released: 29-Apr-2022 2:00 PM EDT
How a Soil Microbe Could Rev Up Artificial Photosynthesis
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

When it comes to fixing carbon, plants have nothing on soil bacteria that can do it 20 times faster. The secret is an enzyme that “juggles” reaction ingredients. Scientists hope to optimize this process for producing fuels, antibiotics and other products from CO2.

26-Apr-2022 6:05 PM EDT
What drives rechargeable battery decay? Depends on how many times you've charged it
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

How quickly a battery electrode decays depends on properties of individual particles in the battery – at first. Later on, the network of particles matters more.

Newswise: In a first, researchers image the full structure of trapped excitons
Released: 9-Mar-2022 11:00 PM EST
In a first, researchers image the full structure of trapped excitons
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Excitons form when electrons leave their place in atoms and grab the “holes” they left behind for a brief, whirling dance. Now they’ve been stably trapped and measured, a big step in developing new technology.

Newswise: Q&A: From particle beams to cancer treatment – fundamental research that affects everyday life
Released: 7-Mar-2022 12:35 PM EST
Q&A: From particle beams to cancer treatment – fundamental research that affects everyday life
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory study some of the most fundamental questions about our universe: What are the properties of elementary particles? What drives the expansion of the universe? But the tools they use can lead to technologies that benefit everyday life.

Newswise: GISMo lab's innovative plan to make electricity cheaper, greener and more reliable
Released: 28-Feb-2022 4:05 PM EST
GISMo lab's innovative plan to make electricity cheaper, greener and more reliable
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

A new gizmo from SLAC’s GISMo lab automatically adjusts a home’s power use to save energy, lower utility bills and make the electric grid more reliable.

Newswise: A new way to shape a material’s atomic structure with ultrafast laser light
Released: 14-Feb-2022 4:00 PM EST
A new way to shape a material’s atomic structure with ultrafast laser light
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Researchers changed the atomic structure of a thermoelectric material in a unique way with pulses of intense laser light. This new approach has the potential to create unique materials with dramatic properties that are not seen in nature.

Newswise: Molecular cage gives cryo-EM researchers new insights into a cancer protein
Released: 11-Feb-2022 12:30 PM EST
Molecular cage gives cryo-EM researchers new insights into a cancer protein
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Sandwiching wiggly proteins between two other layers allows scientists to get the most detailed images yet of a protein that’s key to the spread of acute myeloid leukemia.

Newswise: Study raises new possibilities for triggering room-temperature superconductivity with light
Released: 9-Feb-2022 3:55 PM EST
Study raises new possibilities for triggering room-temperature superconductivity with light
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Hitting a cuprate material with laser light can produce a flash of superconductivity – the ability to carry electric current with no loss – and may offer a path toward room-temperature conductivity.

Newswise: A day in the life of two accelerator experts
Released: 2-Feb-2022 6:05 PM EST
A day in the life of two accelerator experts
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Upgrading an accelerator is a lot like modernizing a house. It just requires extra teamwork, a mountain of parts and a highly specialized understanding of the physics and technology that make accelerators work.

Newswise: SLAC and Stanford researchers reveal the fourth signature of the superconducting transition in cuprates
Released: 26-Jan-2022 11:55 AM EST
SLAC and Stanford researchers reveal the fourth signature of the superconducting transition in cuprates
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Superconductors have four classic traits, including conducting electric current without loss and levitating magnets. Now the discovery of the fourth and final trait caps 15 years of detective work.

Newswise: Advancing materials science with the help of biology and a dash of dish soap
Released: 19-Jan-2022 7:05 PM EST
Advancing materials science with the help of biology and a dash of dish soap
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Scientists have finally found a way to probe the structures of delicate microcrystals with powerful X-ray laser beams. They say their method could help advance semiconductor and solar cell development.

Newswise: First realistic portraits of squishy layer that’s key to battery performance
5-Jan-2022 5:30 PM EST
First realistic portraits of squishy layer that’s key to battery performance
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Scientists have made the first realistic close-ups of a plump, squishy layer called the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) that forms on lithium metal anodes as a result of chemical reactions with the electrolyte. Knowing what it really looks gives them a new way to improve next-gen battery design.

Newswise: Revitalizing batteries by bringing ‘dead’ lithium back to life
Released: 3-Jan-2022 4:05 PM EST
Revitalizing batteries by bringing ‘dead’ lithium back to life
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Scientists brought islands of “dead” lithium back to life by making them creep worms to reconnect with their electrodes in next-gen lithium metal batteries. This extended battery life by nearly 30%.

Released: 16-Dec-2021 2:05 PM EST
Room-temperature crystallography aids new study of photosynthetic bacteria
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Recently developed methods now in use at SLAC’s X-ray synchrotron helped a team of chemists better understand how certain bacteria turn light into chemical energy.

Newswise: A versatile set of detector building blocks prepares SLAC researchers for a challenging future of X-ray science
Released: 14-Dec-2021 2:15 PM EST
A versatile set of detector building blocks prepares SLAC researchers for a challenging future of X-ray science
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

The ePix series of detectors is designed to keep pace with ever more demanding experiments at SLAC and elsewhere.

Newswise: SLAC’s Tony Johnson remembers the WWW Wizards and the birth of North America’s first website
Released: 13-Dec-2021 2:55 PM EST
SLAC’s Tony Johnson remembers the WWW Wizards and the birth of North America’s first website
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

This month marks the 30-year anniversary of the first website in North America, launched at SLAC. In this Q&A, one of the Wizards recalls the motivation that spawned the development and how it has changed the work of scientists.

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Released: 11-Nov-2021 3:25 PM EST
Researchers recreate deep-Earth conditions to see how iron copes with extreme stress
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Measuring what happens during the collision of celestial bodies or at the Earth’s core is obviously not very practical. As such, much of our understanding of planetary cores is based on experimental studies of metals at less extreme temperatures and pressures. But researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have now observed for the first time how iron's atomic structure deforms to accommodate the stress from the pressures and temperatures that occur just outside of the inner core.

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Released: 25-Oct-2021 12:35 PM EDT
BICEP3 tightens the bounds on cosmic inflation
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

A new analysis of the South Pole-based telescope’s cosmic microwave background observations has all but ruled out several popular models of inflation.

Newswise: Experiments confirm a quantum material’s unique response to circularly polarized laser light
Released: 22-Oct-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Experiments confirm a quantum material’s unique response to circularly polarized laser light
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

SLAC scientists are probing topological insulators with circularly polarized light to reveal their many secrets. These exotic materials have potential for quantum computing and other technologies. A new study discovers that polarized laser light generates a unique signature from the topological surface.

Newswise: Rule-following molecules provide the first direct confirmation of a half-century-old theory
Released: 14-Oct-2021 4:50 PM EDT
Rule-following molecules provide the first direct confirmation of a half-century-old theory
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

More than half a century after the Woodward-Hoffmann rules, an important set of organic chemistry rules, were formulated, SLAC scientists imaged a reaction and observed how a molecule transforms as predicted by these rules, directly confirming the theory for the first time.

Newswise: Aditya Sood receives 2021 LCLS Young Investigator Award for work at intersection of materials science and ultrafast physics
Released: 14-Oct-2021 3:40 PM EDT
Aditya Sood receives 2021 LCLS Young Investigator Award for work at intersection of materials science and ultrafast physics
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Aditya Sood, a research scientist with the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has received the 2021 LCLS Young Investigator Award for his work combining materials science with ultrafast physics. The award celebrates early-career scientists who perform noteworthy research using SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray free-electron laser.

Newswise: Why skyrmions could have a lot in common with glass and high-temperature superconductors
Released: 14-Oct-2021 8:45 AM EDT
Why skyrmions could have a lot in common with glass and high-temperature superconductors
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Spawned by the spins of electrons in magnetic materials, these tiny whirlpools behave like independent particles and could be the future of computing. Experiments with SLAC’s X-ray laser are revealing their secrets.

Released: 1-Oct-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Scientists capture the fleeting transition of water into a highly reactive state
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have uncovered a key step in the ionization of liquid water using the lab’s high-speed “electron camera,” MeV-UED. This reaction is of fundamental significance to a wide range of fields, including nuclear engineering, space travel, cancer treatment and environmental remediation. Their results were published in Science today.

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Released: 16-Sep-2021 8:00 AM EDT
A Simple Way to Get Complex Semiconductors to Assemble Themselves
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

A new way to make complex, layered semiconductors is like making rock candy: They assemble themselves from chemicals in water. The method will aid design and large-scale production of these materials.

Newswise: After 20 years of trying, scientists succeed in doping a 1D chain of cuprates
Released: 9-Sep-2021 2:50 PM EDT
After 20 years of trying, scientists succeed in doping a 1D chain of cuprates
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

After 20 years of trying, scientists doped a 1D copper oxide chain and found a surprisingly strong attraction between electrons that may factor into the material’s superconducting powers.

Released: 7-Sep-2021 12:30 PM EDT
Soap study shows the value of global connections during the pandemic
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Researchers at the University of Leeds deepened their understanding of a synthetic detergent without ever setting foot in the lab where their experiments took place.

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Released: 1-Sep-2021 7:10 PM EDT
Al Ashley Fellows give advice to future scientists
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Three physicists talk about how they got started, their work at SLAC and what they would say to others considering a career in STEM.

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Released: 31-Aug-2021 5:35 PM EDT
A new approach creates an exceptional single-atom catalyst for water splitting
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Anchoring individual iridium atoms on the surface of a catalyst made them a lot better at splitting water – a reaction that’s been a bottleneck in making sustainable energy production more competitive.

Released: 30-Aug-2021 4:20 PM EDT
Closing the gate on manganese could open doors to new drugs to treat pneumonia
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Drawing on SLAC facilities, Australian researchers have revealed how Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria obtain manganese from our bodies, which could lead to better therapies to target the pathogen.

Released: 26-Aug-2021 3:50 PM EDT
How extreme cold can crack lithium-ion battery materials, degrading performance
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Storing the rechargeable batteries at sub-freezing temperatures can crack the battery cathode and separate it from other parts of the battery, a new study shows.

23-Aug-2021 2:45 PM EDT
In a first, scientists capture a ‘quantum tug’ between neighboring water molecules
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Researchers have made the first direct observation of how hydrogen atoms in water molecules tug and push neighboring water molecules when they are excited with laser light.

Released: 12-Aug-2021 8:05 AM EDT
A fast, accurate system for quickly solving stubborn RNA structures from pond scum, the SARS-CoV-2 virus and more
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Naked RNA molecules are too floppy for high-res 3D imaging, but a system developed at SLAC and Stanford fixes that. It reveals detailed RNA structures from a pond scum critter and COVID-19 virus.

Released: 5-Aug-2021 8:45 AM EDT
Scientists Show a Single Catalyst Can Perform the First Step of Turning CO2 Into Fuel in Two Very Different Ways
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Scientists at Stanford and SLAC made a new catalyst that works with either heat or electricity to accelerate a reaction for turning carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide. It's an important step toward unifying the understanding of catalytic reactions in these two very different conditions.


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