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SLAC theoretical physicist Sidney Drell reflects on his public policy work involving nuclear disarmament

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Editor’s note: This weekend the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park will celebrate its 50th anniversary. We used the occasion to schedule a visit with Dr. Sidney Drell, the Stanford emeritus professor who has been a part of SLAC for all five of its decades. A theoretical physicist, Drell is equally well known for […]

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“In the Shadow of HIGGS” is SLAC lecture on July 31

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This has been an exciting summer for particle physicists who have collectively spent the last 40 years hunting for the Higgs boson. Last year, ATLAS and CMS, the two largest experiments analyzing collisions produced by the Large Hadron Collider, observed tantalizing hints of this elusive particle. On July 4th, the two collaborations unveiled their latest […]

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X-ray vision exposes aerosol structures in ground-breaking research at SLAC in Menlo Park

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Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park have captured the most detailed images to date of airborne soot particles, a key contributor to global warming and a health hazard. The discovery reveals the particles’ surprisingly complex nanostructures and could ultimately aid the understanding of atmospheric processes important […]

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SLAC’s Juneteenth event is 20-year tradition celebrating African-American culture

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A little bit of civil rights history visited the SLAC campus in Menlo Park on Friday. The celebration of the tradition known as Juneteenth featured music by Rockin’ Rick Baker and the New Millennium Band and a ribs and chicken lunch, all in commemoration of two days in 1865 when Federal troops forced slave owners […]

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SLAC colloquium examines elusive Higgs boson on May 14

Work at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider will provide definitive and much-anticipated answers about the elusive Higgs boson within the next year, and Tim M.P. Tait, a theoretical high-energy physicist and , will discuss the importance of this research during the May 14 SLAC Colloquium. Tait’s talk, “Why Look for the Higgs?” begins at 4:15 pm in […]

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SLAC Director Emeritus Burton Richter discusses early years, energy and the environment

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Nobel Laureate Burton Richter, former director of SLAC, is one of the Menlo Park-based lab’s most notable and influential scientists. In this Q&A with SLAC Today writer Mike Ross, he talks about his early days in science and his current interest in advocating for a climate-friendly energy policy. Richter will be presented with the Enrico Fermi […]

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World’s largest digital camera being designed at SLAC in Menlo Park

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A 3.2 billion-pixel digital camera designed by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park is now one step closer to reality. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope camera, which will capture the widest, fastest and deepest view of the night sky ever observed, has received “Critical Decision 1” approval by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) […]

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Searsville Dam and watershed management is topic at April 9 SLAC colloquia

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Philippe Cohen, administrative director of Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, will speak at SLAC on Monday, April 9, about Searsville Dam and the important opportunity it presents for contributing to how watersheds are managed around the country. His talk, part of the SLAC Colloquium Series, will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, with refreshments served […]

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NYT journalist talks about nuclear threat on April 2

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Author and former New York Times journalist Philip Taubman will deliver the April 2 SLAC Colloquium, “Nuclear Threats, Nuclear Abolition.” His latest book, The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb (Harper Collins), was published in January. The talk will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, with refreshments served beforehand […]

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Meet your tour guide – Keith Bechtol, scientist and elite marathon runner

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Ph.D. candidate Keith Bechtol, who’s been researching gamma-ray astronomy at SLAC and doing educational outreach as a public tour guide at the Menlo Park facility, is just as committed to his running, though if you asked, he would tell you without hesitation that being a scientist trumps being a marathoner every time. Well, almost.  Bechtol […]

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Scientists create first atomic x-ray laser, opening door to new range of scientific discovery

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Editor’s note: Some “happened-in-Menlo” news makes headlines worldwide. This is one example. Scientists working at Menlo Park-based SLAC have created the shortest, purest X-ray laser pulses ever achieved, fulfilling a 45-year-old prediction and opening the door to a new range of scientific discovery. The researchers, reporting in Nature, aimed SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) […]

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