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News Release 15-017

Communicating science broadly

NSF launches new multimedia features to showcase research

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a sofa and ifferent chairs and text scientists on sofas and other furnishings

Scientists and Engineers on Sofas...and other furnishings is one of several news ways NSF is communicating the excitement of scientific discovery to a wider audience.

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When it comes to ultrafast lasers, Margaret Murnane's name is one of the best known for her work in this field of science. Since 1999, she has been a professor at the University of Colorado's National Science Foundation-funded JILA Physics Frontier Center, where she and her husband Henry Kapteyn pioneer research in ultrafast x-ray science. Additionally, the two also own a small laser company. Margaret is credited with building one of the fastest lasers ever, operating in matters of merely femtoseconds. After a lecture at NSF on ultra-fast lasers and their applications for nano- and materials research, Ivy Kupec from the NSF sat down with this well-published scientist who originates from County Limerick, Ireland, to talk further about these uber speedy lasers, science and even Archimedes.

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