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SLAC researchers and facilities explore the frontier questions of science.
SLAC researchers and facilities explore the frontier questions of science.

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The annual conference for scientists who conduct research at SLAC’s light sources engaged about 470 researchers in talks, workshops and discussions.
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Since publishing her paper on directed evolution, for which she was awarded half of this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Frances Arnold has used SSRL, our X-ray synchrotron, to better understand how mutations she introduced into proteins affected their function.
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The Archives, History & Records Office recently finished digitizing the complete run of printed SLAC Staff Picture Books (1962-1981). Here are a few highlights of SLAC’s prominent early figures.
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10/4/18
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We love our #lasers and Donna Strickland and Gérard Mourou’s technique to generate high-intensity ultrashort laser pulses, for which they’ve been awarded half of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics, opened the door for much of the exciting research conducted at LCLS, our X-ray laser. #chirpedpulseamplification
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As part of his Stanford Live residency, composer Nitin Sawhney toured SLAC and performed for employees at a musical meet-and-greet. One of the songs he played was from Dystopian Dream – a journey through parallel universes and unreal dreams.
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10/3/18
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In a first, researchers measure extremely small and fast changes that occur in plasma when it’s zapped with a laser. Their technique will have applications in astrophysics, medicine and fusion energy.
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Our latest public lecture - #CryoEM: Amazing 3-D Views of Life’s Molecular Machines - is now online
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A dark matter experiment scheduled to go online at the Canadian underground laboratory SNOLAB in the early 2020s will conduct one of the most sensitive searches ever for hypothetical particles known as weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs.
Dark matter vibes
Dark matter vibes
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