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A simple way to get complex semiconductors to assemble themselves

Much like crystallizing rock candy from sugar syrup, the new method grows 2D perovskites precisely layered with other 2D materials to produce crystals with a wide range of electronic properties.

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Ashley Fellows’ advice to future scientists

Three physicists in the Alonzo W. Ashley Fellowship Program talk about their path to SLAC and their advice for those considering a STEM career.

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Scientists capture a ‘quantum tug’ between neighboring water molecules

The work sheds light on the web of hydrogen bonds that gives water its strange properties, which play a vital role in many chemical and biological processes.

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A fast, accurate system for quickly solving stubborn RNA structures from pond scum, the SARS-CoV-2 virus and more

SLAC and Stanford scientists used a new system to zoom in on an iconic RNA catalyst and a piece of viral RNA that’s a potential target for COVID-19 treatments.

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SLAC partners with national labs and scientific publishing organizations on inclusive name-change process for published papers

The process, which also facilitates name changes for religious, marital and other reasons, allows researchers of all genders to own their academic work by updating their names on previous publications.

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SLAC hosts Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm

In a virtual visit to the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory,  Jennifer Granholm toured the lab’s powerful X-ray laser, looked at the construction of the world’s largest digital camera and discussed climate research, industries of the future, and diversity, equity and inclusion in the sciences.

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Scientists discover how oxygen loss saps a lithium-ion battery’s voltage

Measuring the process in unprecedented detail gives them clues to how to minimize the problem and protect battery performance.

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First nanoscale look at a reaction that limits the efficiency of generating clean hydrogen fuel

With a new suite of tools, scientists discovered exactly how tiny plate-like catalyst particles carry out a key step in that conversion – the evolution of oxygen in an electrocatalytic cell – in unprecedented detail.

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Dark Energy Survey physicists open new window into dark energy

The universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate, and while no one is sure why, researchers with the Dark Energy Survey (DES) at least had a strategy for figuring it out: They would combine measurements of the distribution of matter, galaxies and galaxy clusters to better understand what’s going on.

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First closeups of how a lithium-metal electrode ages

Scientists have documented a process that makes these next-gen batteries lose charge – and eventually some of their capacity for storing energy – even when a device is turned off.

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