Stories published in 2021

Can extreme melt destabilize ice sheets?

Researchers have deciphered a trove of data that shows one season of extreme melt can reduce the Greenland Ice Sheet’s capacity to store future meltwater – and increase the likelihood of future melt raising sea levels.

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Epidurals not linked to autism risk, study finds

Refuting an earlier study, researchers found that epidural anesthesia, commonly administered for pain relief during labor, does not increase the risk for autism in children.

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Message from President Tessier-Lavigne: Confronting racial injustice

In a message to the campus community, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne addresses the trial of Derek Chauvin as well as persistent racial injustice committed against people of color in the United States. He notes the work that Stanford is doing to address equity and inclusion issues on campus and spotlights resources available following the Chauvin verdict.

AI empowers environmental regulators

Monitoring environmental compliance is a particular challenge for governments in poor countries. A new machine learning approach that uses satellite imagery to pinpoint highly polluting brick kilns in Bangladesh could provide a low-cost solution.

Cells migrate in a unique way on soft surfaces

Stanford engineers find that cancer cells exhibit a unique mode of migration on squishy materials, which are similar to biological tissues. In contrast, cell movement – a process central to cancer metastasis and other biological processes – is typically studied on very rigid materials.