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Article ID: 705375

Tangled magnetic fields power cosmic particle accelerators

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Magnetic field lines tangled like spaghetti in a bowl might be behind the most powerful particle accelerators in the universe. That’s the result of a new computational study by researchers from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, which simulated particle emissions from distant active galaxies.

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13-Dec-2018 11:25 AM EST
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Article ID: 704778

To curb maternal deaths in developing countries, researchers use X-rays to map a lifesaving drug in action

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A team that includes researchers from the Bridge Institute at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory used X-rays to map the shape of a receptor in the body as it binds with misoprostol. This research, published in Nature Chemical Biology, could help in the quest to design low-cost drugs that can tackle postpartum bleeding without affecting other tissues.

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3-Dec-2018 11:05 AM EST

Article ID: 704509

The future of fighting cancer: zapping tumors in less than a second

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

New accelerator-based technology being developed by the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University aims to reduce the side effects of cancer radiation therapy by shrinking its duration from minutes to under a second. Built into future compact medical devices, technology developed for high-energy physics could also help make radiation therapy more accessible around the world.

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28-Nov-2018 11:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 703940

X-Rays Show How Periods of Stress Changed an Ice Age Hyena to the Bone

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

An international team has unearthed what life might have been like for a now-extinct subspecies of spotted hyena. They found that despite their massive size, some cave hyenas experienced times of hardship that affected them to the bone, causing areas of arrested growth that appear as dark lines, like rings on a tree trunk.

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13-Nov-2018 4:05 PM EST
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    7-Nov-2018 1:00 PM EST

Article ID: 703393

Researchers create most complete high-res atomic movie of photosynthesis to date

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Despite its role in shaping life as we know it, many aspects of photosynthesis remain a mystery. An international collaboration between scientists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and several other institutions is working to change that. The researchers used SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser to capture the most complete and highest resolution picture to date of Photosystem II, a key protein complex in plants, algae and cyanobacteria responsible for splitting water and producing the oxygen we breathe.

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5-Nov-2018 12:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 703508

Dancing atoms in perovskite materials provide insight into how solar cells work

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

A new study is a step forward in understanding why perovskite materials work so well in energy devices and potentially leads the way toward a theorized “hot” technology that would significantly improve the efficiency of today’s solar cells.

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7-Nov-2018 1:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 703180

Scientists make first detailed measurements of key factors related to high-temperature superconductivity

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

In independent studies reported in Science and Nature, scientists from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University report two important advances: They measured collective vibrations of electrons for the first time and showed how collective interactions of the electrons with other factors appear to boost superconductivity.

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31-Oct-2018 4:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 703086

SLAC joins new LaserNetUS network to boost high-intensity laser research

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The Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has joined a new research network called LaserNetUS that aims to boost access to high-intensity laser facilities at labs and universities across the country, including the Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) laser facility at SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).

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30-Oct-2018 2:30 PM EDT
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Article ID: 702668

Scientists present ideas for next-gen accelerator experiments

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When the FACET-II facility at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory opens its doors to scientists from around the world in early 2020, it’ll offer exceptional conditions for experiments that aim to revolutionize the field of accelerator physics.

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23-Oct-2018 1:05 PM EDT

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