SSRL Science in SLAC Today

From Science to Finance: SLAC Summer Interns Forge New Paths in STEM

Thu, 2017/09/21 - 9:11am
More than 100 students worked on projects ranging from website development to imaging techniques for X-ray studies, learning new ways to apply their talents.

Hewlett Packard’s Suhas Kumar Wins 2017 Klein Award

Mon, 2017/09/11 - 10:17am
Kumar’s work, carried out in part at SSRL, explains how memristors work – a new class of electronic devices with applications in next-generation information storage and computing.

Kathryn Hastie Wins Spicer Award for Lassa Virus Work at SLAC’s X-ray Synchrotron

Fri, 2017/08/18 - 8:57am
The Scripps researcher is honored for groundbreaking research at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource that accelerated the development of a vaccine for deadly Lassa fever.

Scientists Watch ‘Artificial Atoms’ Assemble into Perfect Lattices with Many Uses

Mon, 2017/07/31 - 8:51am
A serendipitous discovery lets researchers spy on this self-assembly process for the first time with SLAC’s X-ray synchrotron. What they learn will help them fine-tune precision materials for electronics, catalysis and more.

How a Single Chemical Bond Balances Cells Between Life and Death

Thu, 2017/06/22 - 12:00am
With SLAC’s X-ray laser and synchrotron, scientists measured exactly how much energy goes into keeping this crucial bond from triggering a cell's death spiral.

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

Thu, 2017/06/01 - 2:13pm
A decade-long search ends at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, where researchers from The Scripps Research Institute emerge with a clear picture of how the deadly Lassa virus enters human cells.

Researchers Develop a New Catalyst for Water Splitting

Wed, 2017/05/03 - 12:00am
Scientists have developed a new molybdenum-coated catalyst that more efficiently generates hydrogen gas, which could lead to a sustainable clean fuel source in the future.

Shunned by Microbes, Organic Carbon Can Resist Breakdown in Underground Environments

Mon, 2017/05/01 - 10:02am
A new study reveals that organic matter whose breakdown would yield only minimal energy for hungry microorganisms preferentially builds up in floodplains, illuminating a new mechanism of carbon sequestration.

Where Scientist Meets Machine: A Fresh Approach to Experimental Design at SLAC X-Ray Laser

Wed, 2017/04/26 - 5:13am
Paul Fuoss, the new head of experimental design at LCLS, aims to make experiments at light sources here and around the world more productive and user-friendly.

New SLAC Theory Institute Aims to Speed Research on Exotic Materials at Light Sources

Tue, 2017/04/11 - 10:06am
TIMES applies the power of theory to the search for novel materials with remarkable properties that could revolutionize technology.

New Device Produces Hydrogen Peroxide for Water Purification

Fri, 2017/03/31 - 10:40am
Scientists at SLAC and Stanford have identified active carbon catalysts and developed an electrochemical cell designed to purify water in small villages.

Engineers Use Soup Additive to Create a Stretchable Plastic Electrode

Fri, 2017/03/10 - 11:18am
Paving the way for flexible electronics, engineers have developed a plastic electrode that stretches like rubber but carries electricity like wires.

Symmetry: Instrument Finds New Earthly Purpose

Thu, 2017/02/23 - 10:46am

Detectors long used to look at the cosmos are now part of X-ray experiments here on Earth.

SLAC Study Helps Explain Why Uranium Persists in Groundwater at Former Mining Sites

Thu, 2017/02/02 - 12:00am
The contaminant binds to organic matter in sediments, which increases persistence in groundwater.

Meet the Director of SSRL: Kelly Gaffney

Wed, 2017/01/18 - 10:42am
Kelly Gaffney is the director of SSRL, SLAC's synchrotron that produces extremely bright x-rays as a resource for researchers to study our world at the atomic and molecular level of energy production, environmental remediation, nanotechnology, new materials and medicine.

Sketching Out Magnetism With Electricity

Wed, 2017/01/11 - 12:00am
Using an electric field, researchers drew magnetic designs in nonmagnetic material. These efforts could lead to new types of storage devices.

Masters of Crystallization

Wed, 2016/12/14 - 11:18am
When molecules won't crystallize and technology confounds, who you gonna call?

Eureka Moment Leads to New Method of Studying Environmental Toxins

Mon, 2016/12/05 - 11:03am
A technique for probing the surface of particles revealed how toxins move from the soil to groundwater.

Q&A: Simon Bare Catalyzes New Chemistry Effort at SLAC

Tue, 2016/11/29 - 8:09am
After 30 years in industry, he is leading a new focus at the lab’s SSRL X-ray light source and looking for ways to build on research strengths at SLAC and Stanford.

‘Brighter Than A Billion Suns’: SLAC Studies Featured in TEDx Talk

Tue, 2016/11/22 - 3:47pm
Paleontologist Phil Manning describes the “Imaging Life on Earth” project at TEDxCharleston.

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