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Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Discovers Slew of New Pulsars
New Year, New Templates
SLAC Science Bowl 2009 Needs You!

SLAC Today

Wednesday - January 7, 2009

Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Discovers Slew of New Pulsars

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The Fermi Telescope has found 12 previously unknown pulsars (orange). It also detected gamma-ray emissions from known radio pulsars (magenta, cyan) and from known or suspected gamma-ray pulsars (green). (Image courtesy of NASA/Fermi/LAT Collaboration.)

Four months into its mission, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered 12 never-before-seen pulsars and observed gamma-ray pulses from 18 others, shedding new insight on the high-energy universe.

"I am very happy to welcome you all to a new era in pulsar physics," Roger Romani said at a press conference held yesterday at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Long Beach, California. Romani is a researcher in the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University. "We know of 1800 pulsars, but until Fermi we saw only little wisps of energy from all but a handful of them. Now, for dozens of pulsars, we're seeing the actual power of these machines."  Read more...

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New Year, New SLAC Templates

Just in time for the new year, templates incorporating the new SLAC logo are now available for PowerPoint presentations, letterhead, memos, fax coversheets and business cards on the Communications Office Web site.

Staff members who need business cards can print their own using the templates provided. Before printing, please read the new SLAC business cards policy.

In addition, staff members are strongly encouraged to use the new PowerPoint, letterhead, memo and fax coversheet templates for all external purposes.

Any questions should be directed to the Communications Office (x8703).

(Photo - SLAC Science Bowl winners 2008)
Volunteer Martin Perl poses with the winners of the 2008 SLAC Science Bowl. (Photo by Diana Rogers. Click for larger image.)

SLAC Science Bowl 2009 Needs You!

SLAC's fifth annual Regional Department of Energy Science Bowl will take place on February 28, 2009. Come watch the uber-intelligent high school science elite compete in a battle royale for the chance to go to Washington, DC, for Nationals!

But wait... why watch when you can be part of the action? To ensure the success of this year's event, we need your help as a volunteer timekeeper, scorekeeper or moderator. For more details, please see SLAC's Science Bowl Web site or contact Melinda Lee (x8547).


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