April 16, 2004


Understanding the Structure of Liquid Water

By Davide Castelvecchi

Physicists of antiquity called it one of nature’s fundamental elements; third graders know its chemical formula; and all known forms of life need it to exist. Yet what water really is—at least in its liquid form—is still, to a large extent, a mystery. A team led by scientists from SSRL and Stockholm University has now achieved a  breakthrough in understanding the structure of liquid water.

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Scientists on Capitol Hill

By Mason Inman

In late March, Chris Roat (BABAR) took a break from lab work to go to Washington, D.C. as part of a delegation to represent high energy physics. Before his first meeting with a congressman, Roat was so nervous he couldn’t eat. It turned out, however, that he found it easy to talk to most of the congressmen and their staffers. “People are generally supportive of science, but a lot of them don’t know about what we do,” Roat said.  

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Let the Light Shine: SPEAR3 Up and Running

By Mason Inman

SPEAR3’s shutters are open and users are getting their first taste of work with the completely rebuilt synchrotron radiation facility. The SPEAR3 upgrade is not yet complete as the current level is at 100 mA rather than the final 500 mA target.

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PCD Improves Productivity Through Team Work

By John DiMaggio

Under the direction of department head Paul Bellomo, the Power Conversion Department (PCD) has achieved major productivity improvements in the manufacturing cycle for the High Voltage Power Supplies (HVPS).

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SLAC Science at Stanford Community Day

By Linda DuShane White

SLAC participated in the third annual Stanford Community Day, an open house to introduce people from the local area to the University. Combine this with the Founder’s Celebration, mix in diverse activities such as science demonstrations, Dickens, the arts, the Stanford Band, food booths, lectures, a carnival, a petting zoo, Shakespeare and bicycle races and you have the perfect recipe for fun!

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Bringing Science to Life: Second Talk in Public Lecture Series

By Kate Metropolis

Why do thousands of researchers from universities and industry come to SSRL each year? SSRL gives them a way of seeing real things at the level of individual atoms, and what they see helps to design therapeutic drugs, investigate living cells and viruses, and study pollutants and exotic materials.

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Last update Tuesday April 13, 2004 by Emily Ball