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SLAC: Scientists Get First Glimpse of a Chemical Bond Being Born

Scientists have used an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to get the first glimpse of the transition state where two atoms begin to form a weak bond on the way to becoming a molecule. This fundamental advance, reported Feb. 12 in Science Express and long thought impossible, will have …

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SLAC Public Lecture: David Grossma | Robots – Fantasy and Reality

This public lecture by SLAC features an irreverent non-technical review of the history of surprisingly animate machines, from ancient Egypt to current times. Including teleoperators for hazardous environments, assembly systems, medical applications, entertainment, and science fiction. 100 slides, covering such varied topics as Memnon son of Dawn, Droz’s automata, Vaucanson’s duck, cathedral clocks, Von Kempelen’s …

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SLAC Public Lecture: The Hunt for Hidden Dimensions

Extra dimensions of space may be present in our universe. Their discovery would dramatically change our view of the cosmos and would prompt many questions. How do they hide? What is their shape? How many are there? How big are they? Do particles and forces feel their presence? JoAnne Hewett, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory explains …

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SLAC Public Lecture: Chasing Super Bugs with Smarter Drug Design

Lecture Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011. When our grandparents were young, there was no such thing as an antibiotic. Diseases like tuberculosis were invariably fatal. In the twentieth century, the fortuitous discoveries of penicillin from a mold and streptomycin from soil made a revolution in medicine. Today, we have even more powerful antibiotics, but also …

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SLAC Public Lecture: The Dark Universe Through Einstein’s Lens

Debbie Bard, a staff scientist at SLAC and a member of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, delivered the July 23 SLAC Public Lecture, “The Dark Universe Through Einstein’s Lens.” Bard’s talk explains the phenomenon known as gravitational lensing and how astrophysicists use it to explore the 95 percent of the universe that …

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SLAC Public Lecture: Daniel Friebel | A Blueprint for New Fuel Cell Catalysts

  Lecture Date: Tuesday, March 26th. Daniel Friebel, a SLAC associate staff scientist who studies chemical processes involving catalysts, delivered the March 26 SLAC Public Lecture, “A Blueprint for New Fuel Cell Catalysts.” Friebel’s talk details how X-ray research at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, coupled with sophisticated computations at SLAC’s SUNCAT Center for Interface …

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