August 20, 2004


What’s Taken Up Residence In Panofsky Grove?

By Shawne Neeper

Balanced mid-stride over seismic metal shoes, sculptor Douglas Abdell’s welded bronze piece, entitled Kryeti-Aekyad, is making its SLAC debut in Panofsky Grove, across from the Cafeteria. Its jaunty, angular legs stand seven feet high and ten feet heel-to-toe. The sculpture comes to SLAC through the Stanford Panel on Outdoor Art.

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Disorderly Conduct: The Unusual Behavior of Nanomaterials

By Heather Rock Woods

Extremely small pieces of a material aren’t always a chip off a bigger block.  How nanomaterials behave is tremendously important to know when trying to understand the roles of mineral nanoparticles in the environment, or design devices for nanotechnology.

Researchers taking data at SSRL and the Advanced Photon Source (APS) in Illinois recently found that zinc sulfide at 3.5 nanometers (nm) in size (3.5 billionths of a meter) behaves quite differently than ‘bulk’ zinc sulfide (several hundred nm and up.

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Art Meets Science: SSRL to Join in Stanford Campus-Wide Project

By Davide Castelvecchi

Scientists at SSRL are joining in an unusual collaboration to study and preserve an artistic treasure from the Renaissance.

The focus is the recently restored painting entitled Virgin, Child and St. John, by Jacopo del Sellaio (pronounced YA-coh-poh del Sel-LAH-yo), who lived in Florence from about 1441 to 1493 and was an apprentice of the better-known artist Sandro Botticelli.

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SSI Special Report: The Quigg Challenge

By Shawne Neeper and Davide Castelvecchi

In his opening address for the SLAC Summer Institute (SSI) entitled Nature’s Greatest Puzzles, theorist Chris Quigg of Fermilab set the tone for two weeks’ worth of exploration into ten of nature’s greatest physics questions. First, he challenged attending scientists to describe how their current work relates to one of the ten great questions—or is otherwise irresistibly fascinating. Second, propose the eleventh puzzle.

“The spirit of those opening remarks was partly that I’m uncomfortable with the idea of ‘great questions’,” Quigg said.

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