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Study Identifies Path Toward Engineering Materials For Super-efficient Nanoelectronics
2014-03-20 12:14:45

DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have discovered a potential way to make graphene – a single layer of carbon atoms with great promise for future electronics – superconducting, a state in which it would carry electricity with 100 percent efficiency. Researchers used a beam of intense ultraviolet light to look deep into the electronic structure of a material made of...

Cheaper Methanol Production From New Catalyst
2014-03-03 08:59:49

By Mark Shwartz, Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University An international research team has discovered a potentially clean, low-cost way to convert carbon dioxide into methanol, a key ingredient in the production of plastics, adhesives and solvents, and a promising fuel for transportation. Scientists from Stanford University, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Technical University of Denmark combined theory and experimentation to identify a new nickel-gallium...

Scientists Show X-ray Laser Can Solve Protein Structures From Scratch
2013-11-25 10:17:33

DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory SLAC's linac coherent light source reaches key milestone in decoding biological structures that were out of reach A study shows for the first time that X-ray lasers can be used to generate a complete 3-D model of a protein without any prior knowledge of its structure. An international team of researchers working at the Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory produced from scratch an accurate model of lysozyme, a...

2-D Tin Could Be The Next Super Material
2013-11-21 14:32:00

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Theorists Predict New Single-Layer Material Could Go Beyond Graphene, Conducting Electricity with 100 Percent Efficiency at Room Temperature A single layer of tin atoms could be the world’s first material to conduct electricity with 100 percent efficiency at the temperatures that computer chips operate, according to a team of theoretical physicists led by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory...

Accelerator On A Chip
2013-09-28 04:45:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new technique used by researchers from the US Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University could dramatically reduce the size of particle accelerators. The scientists used a laser to accelerate electrons at 10 times that of conventional technology, doing so in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice. Their breakthrough could result in new medical and scientific devices that...

Speed Limit Set For Fastest Electrical Switch
2013-07-29 08:45:07

DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have clocked the fastest-possible electrical switching in magnetite, a naturally magnetic mineral. Their results could drive innovations in the tiny transistors that control the flow of electricity across silicon chips, enabling faster, more powerful computing devices. Scientists using SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser found that it...

Gold Nanocrystal Vibration Captured On Billion-frames-per-second Film For First Time
2013-05-24 07:22:10

[ Watch The Video Movie of 3D Image of a Gold Nanocrystal ] University College London The film, which was made using 3D imaging pioneered at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) at UCL, reveals important information about the composition of gold. The findings are published in the journal Science. Jesse Clark, from the LCN and lead author of the paper said: "Just as the sound quality of a musical instrument can provide great detail about its construction, so too can the...

2013-05-08 08:23:22

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Clustered Systems recently completed the installation of its first "hyper efficient" computing system at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Initial testing indicates that an average PUE* of 1.07 can be expected, which resets the bar on server energy efficiency. (See video report here) The high-density, high-performance system, located in the LCLS (Linac Coherent Light Source) facility, comprises 128 servers in an 800mm wide 48U...

Flow Battery Stores Wind And Solar Energy
2013-04-24 19:32:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers reported in the journal Energy & Environmental Science they have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could be used in solar and wind energy. Electrical grids are unable to tolerate large and sudden power fluctuations caused by intermittent sunlight and wind. The team saw the need for energy storage systems to help smooth out the peaks and valleys of this intermittent power. Researchers from the US...

2013-03-18 20:49:50

AURA announced today that Dr. Steven M. Kahn will assume the role of Director of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Project effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Kahn will succeed Dr. Sidney C. Wolff and retain his current affiliation with SLAC and Stanford. LSST is the top-ranked large-scale ground-based project for the next decade as recommended by the National Research Council´s Astronomy and Astrophysics decadal survey (Astro2010). By digitally imaging the sky for a decade, the LSST...