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X-ray lasers can spot elusive electron motion

Scientists can track the movements of an atom's nucleus relatively easily, but electrons have proven elusive -- they move so fast that they tend to be reduced to blurs. Now, however, those movements
Burton Richter, a Nobel Winner for Plumbing Matter, Dies at 87

Burton Richter, a Nobel Winner for Plumbing Matter, Dies at 87

Burton Richter, left, being congratulated by King Carl Gustaf of Sweden in Stockholm after receiving the 1976 Nobel Prize in Physics.
X-ray laser heats water to 180,000 degrees in a fraction of a second

X-ray laser heats water to 180,000 degrees in a fraction of a second

Scientists have used a superpowered X-ray laser to raise water temperature from room temperature to a massive 180,000 degrees Fahrenheit in just a millionth of a millionth of a second. The post X-ray
Richard E. Taylor, Nobel Winner Who Plumbed Matter, Is Dead at 88

Richard E. Taylor, Nobel Winner Who Plumbed Matter, Is Dead at 88

Richard E. Taylor, left, joined other Nobel Prize winners from Stanford University in congratulating a colleague, Douglas Osheroff, second from left, on his being awarded a share of the prize in 1996.
Richard E. Taylor, Nobel Winner Who Plumbed Matter, Is Dead at 88

Richard E. Taylor, Nobel Winner Who Plumbed Matter, Is Dead at 88

Richard E. Taylor, left, joined other Nobel Prize winners from Stanford University in congratulating a colleague, Douglas Osheroff, second from left, on his being awarded a share of the prize in 1996.

Physicists keep striking out in the search for dark matter

Space may be the final frontier, but we've barely begun to explore its underlying mechanics. For as much as humanity has discovered since we first looked to the heavens, we've only seen about 15
Stanford’s ‘accelerator on a chip’ could revolutionize medical care

Stanford’s ‘accelerator on a chip’ could revolutionize medical care

When the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford first opened its doors in 1966, it had already earned the distinction of housing the world's longest linear accelerator: A 3.2 kilometer