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SLAC, Stanford Team Finds a Tough New Catalyst for Use in Renewable Fuels Production

Thu, 2016/09/01 - 8:23am
The discovery could make water splitting, a key step in a number of clean energy technologies, cheaper and more efficient.

Yijin Liu Receives 2016 Spicer Award For Substantial Research Contributions Using X-ray Microscopy

Wed, 2016/08/31 - 10:30am
Liu acknowledged for wide-ranging work in energy materials, catalysis, carbon sequestration, material in extreme conditions and scientific big data mining.

A Virtual Flight Through a Catalyst Particle Finds Evidence of Poisoning

Tue, 2016/08/30 - 11:21am
Merging two powerful 3-D X-ray techniques, researchers revealed new details of a process known as metal poisoning that clogs the pores of catalyst particles used in gasoline production, causing them to lose effectiveness.

X-ray Research on Short-lived Isotope Provides New Possibilities for Cancer Treatment

Fri, 2016/08/19 - 12:00am
The study could help develop ways to safely transport radioactive actinium through the body to target tumor cells.

Decoy Drug Could Prevent Cancer's Spread

Thu, 2016/08/18 - 12:52pm
Creating a molecular snapshot of the way proteins interact could help development of new cancer drugs.

Stanford, SLAC Play Key Role in New DOE Battery Consortium

Fri, 2016/07/29 - 10:10am
The White House announced $50 million in funding for ‘Battery500’, a five year effort, as part of a package of initiatives to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles in the U.S.

SLAC X-ray Studies Help NASA Develop Printable Electronics for Mars Mission

Thu, 2016/07/28 - 1:37pm
Scientists are using plasma to create electronic sensors that will track the health of astronauts.

Stanford, SLAC X-ray Studies Could Help Make LIGO Gravitational Wave Detector 10 Times More Sensitive

Tue, 2016/07/19 - 9:42am
The goal: Develop high-tech coatings that make the detector’s mirrors less “noisy”.

X-ray Experiments Show Hewlett Packard Team How Memristors Work

Mon, 2016/06/13 - 9:48am
The results are an important step in designing these solid-state devices for computer memories that would operate much faster, last longer and use less energy than today’s flash memory.

SLAC’s Historic Linac Turns 50 and Gets a Makeover

Wed, 2016/05/04 - 11:00am
The lab’s signature particle highway prepares to enter another era of transformative science as the home of the LCLS-II X-ray laser.

Your One-stop Shop for Producing, Crystallizing Biomolecules

Tue, 2016/04/26 - 11:46am
The Macromolecular Structure Knowledge Center can help researchers who lack equipment for testing hundreds of different crystallization conditions or expertise in working with challenging molecules.

Peering Deep Into Materials with Ultrafast Science

Wed, 2016/04/20 - 11:54am
Laser light exposes the properties of materials used in batteries and electronics.

Researchers Discover New Type of ‘Pili’ Used by Bacteria to Cling to Hosts

Mon, 2016/04/11 - 8:51am
New insights into how bacteria interact with host cells could help fight off harmful microbes.

X-rays Reveal How a Solar Cell Gets its Silver Stripes

Fri, 2016/04/01 - 3:21pm
Scientists have used X-rays to observe exactly how silver electrical contacts form during manufacturing of solar modules.

X-ray Studies at SLAC and Berkeley Lab Aid Search for Ebola Cure

Mon, 2016/03/14 - 3:36pm
Scientists have determined in atomic detail how a potential drug molecule fits into and blocks a channel in cell membranes that Ebola and related “filoviruses” need to infect victims’ cells.

Stanford Scientists Celebrate Technological Advances that Finally Made Gravitational Wave Detection Possible

Fri, 2016/02/12 - 1:19pm
Contributions to LIGO have come from many Stanford teams, including SLAC, Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics and the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.

A Simple Way to Make Lithium-ion Battery Electrodes that Protect Themselves

Mon, 2016/01/11 - 1:26pm

Menlo Park, Calif. — Scientists at three Department of Energy national laboratories have discovered how to keep a promising new type of lithium ion battery cathode from developing a crusty coating that degrades its performance. The solution: Use a simple manufacturing technique to form the cathode material into tiny, layered particles that store a lot of energy while protecting themselves from damage.

Q&A: Biologist Describes Milestone toward a Universal Flu Vaccine

Mon, 2016/01/04 - 10:23am
Ian Wilson explains how scientists have found a way to induce antibodies to fight a range of influenza viruses, which could some day eliminate the need for seasonal flu shots.

SSRL Upgrades, Adds Equipment for Next Round of Experiments

Wed, 2015/12/02 - 8:56am
View photos of upgrades and new equipment at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) that will enable scientists to study photosynthesis, superconductors and other fields of research.

X-ray Microscope Reveals 'Solitons,' a Special Type of Magnetic Wave

Mon, 2015/11/16 - 8:20am
Scientists working at SLAC have for the first time directly observed a phenomenon that allows magnetic waves to travel a long distance with no resistance.

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