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Aug 11 2021 | SLAC Faculty, Fellow, Research, Stanford
The single-stranded genetic material RNA is best known for guiding the assembly of proteins in our cells and carrying the genetic code for viruses like SARS-CoV-2 and HIV. But 40 years ago, scientists discovered another hidden talent: It can catalyze chemical reactions in the cell, including...
Aug 5 2021 | Stanford News Faculty, Fellow, Research, Stanford
In 1993, Stanford University biology professor Deborah Gordon and her first graduate student, Katy Human, began a survey of ants at Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Nearly 30 years, four more graduate students and scores of volunteers later, that survey continues on – and has recently...
Jul 15 2021 | Stanford Energy Faculty, Fellow, Research, Stanford
A “tantalizing” principle borrowed from nature turns harmful methane into useful methanol at room temperature. A team of researchers from Stanford University and the University of Leuven in Belgium has further elucidated the process in a new study in the current edition of Science.
Jul 13 2021 | Stanford News Faculty, Fellow, Research, Stanford
Engineers from Stanford University have developed a new calorie burn measurement system that is small, inexpensive and accurate. Also, people can make it themselves. Whereas smartwatches and smartphones tend to be off by about 40 to 80 percent when it comes to counting calories burned during an...
Jul 13 2021 | HAI Faculty, Fellow, Research, Stanford
Facebook says its artificial intelligence models identified and pulled down 27 million pieces of hate speech in the final three months of 2020. In 97 percent of the cases, the systems took action before humans had even flagged the posts.
Jul 12 2021 | Stanford Medicine Faculty, Fellow, Research, Stanford
A diet rich in fermented foods enhances the diversity of gut microbes and decreases molecular signs of inflammation, according to researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine. In a clinical trial, 36 healthy adults were randomly assigned to a 10-week diet that included either fermented or high-...
Jun 30 2021 | Stanford Earth Faculty, Fellow, Research, Stanford
Plants play an essential role in curbing climate change, absorbing about one-third of the carbon dioxide emitted from human activities and storing it in soil so it doesn’t become a heat-trapping gas. Extreme weather affects this ecosystem service, but when it comes to understanding carbon uptake,...
Jun 17 2021 | Stanford News Faculty, Fellow, Research, Stanford
Ultrathin, flexible computer circuits have been an engineering goal for years, but technical hurdles have prevented the degree of miniaturization necessary to achieve high performance. Now, researchers at Stanford University have invented a manufacturing technique that yields flexible, atomically...
Jun 14 2021 | Stanford News Faculty, Fellow, Research, Stanford
When lithium ions flow in and out of a battery electrode during charging and discharging, a tiny bit of oxygen seeps out and the battery’s voltage – a measure of how much energy it delivers – fades an equally tiny bit. The losses mount over time, and can eventually sap the battery’s energy storage...
Jun 9 2021 | Stanford Humanities Center Faculty, Fellow, Research, Stanford, Students
The Stanford Humanities Center is pleased to announce the appointment of 33 fellows for the upcoming academic year 2021–22. The new cohort will work on projects with such topics as the daily life of caste in India, comics in movement, religious reform in sixteenth-century Florence, feminism in...

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