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How have scientists made it rain diamonds?

Scientists believe that the unique atmospheric conditions of the planet Neptune cause it to rain diamonds there, and they’ve just put this theory to the test. Using the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) Laboratory, a research team successfully re-created the methane-rich conditions of the gas giant and created diamond rain. They did so by subjecting a plastic material called polystyrene to high pressures using SLAC’s Read More

Cancer survivor turns masks from Barrington hospital into art to inspire patients

During her weekday trips to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington for breast cancer treatment, Sandra Fink May found inspiration in the plastic mesh masks used to keep the heads of patients still during cancer radiation. A professional painter, sculpture and jeweler from Richmond in McHenry County, May said she wanted to use the masks to create artwork meant to help others dealing with the Read More

Elekta bets MRI is the next step in radiotherapy

Stockholm-based Elekta has begun clinical trials on its Unity machine, which combines a linear accelerator and high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to better define and track tumors during radiation treatments. The company believes this new iteration of radiotherapy will be more precise. “Elekta Unity enables high-quality soft tissue imaging that provides greater information, allowing more effective clinical decision-making,” said Kevin Brown, global vice president of Read More

Accelerating particles—but not just for the LHC

This week, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was in technical stop, but particles continued to circulate in the other accelerators. This is because the chain of four injectors that feed the LHC also supplies particles to myriad experiments across several experimental areas. In fact, even when the LHC is running, the other experimental areas consume almost all the particles, as the diagram shows. The large Read More

TheraView TBI gets 510k approval

www.Acceletronics.com Call Us:  1-800-626-8704 Email us: Info@acceletronics.com TheraView and its Distributor Acceletronics are proud to present the first commercially available mobile Total Body Irradiation (TBI) detector. With its unique software features, radiation therapists can easily follow the entire TBI treatment. An easy setup on any Linac makes the patient treatment very efficient and accurate. During a live video stream the system will warn the user Read More

SLAC accelerator plans appear in Smithsonian art exhibit

Leroy Schwarcz, one of the first engineers hired to build SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s original 2-mile-long linear accelerator, thought his wife might like to use old mechanical drawings of the project as wrapping paper. So, he brought them home. His wife, acclaimed enamelist June Schwarcz, had other ideas. Today, works called SLAC Drawing III, VII and VIII, created in 1974 and 1975 from electroplated copper Read More

Researchers reach atomic milestone

SLAC scientist says breakthrough could lead to advances in MRIs, quantum computing, electrical grids Physicists at a Menlo Park research facility recently had a Big Bang moment. For the first time, researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have been able to take a direct look at electrons orbiting atoms, a feat that gives scientists a new way to study materials and could possibly play a Read More

Custom Liquid Cooling Systems from Laird Optimize Particle Accelerators Performance

Laird has developed self-contained liquid cooling systems (LCS) that deliver optimal temperature stabilization for more precise temperature control in particle accelerators like linear accelerators (LINACs) and cyclotron systems. LINACs and cyclotrons increase the kinetic energy of particles for use in a variety of applications, ranging from scientific studies on particle physics to radiation therapy for cancer patients. Temperature control within the linear accelerator and cyclotron Read More