Research

Media attention to drought produced water savings

With a new web-scraping and search algorithm and real water utility data, Stanford researchers have shown a relationship between media coverage of the recent historic California drought and household water savings.

Soil holds potential to slow global warming

The land under our feet and the plant matter it contains could offset a significant amount of carbon emissions if managed properly. More research is needed to unlock soil’s potential to mitigate global warming, improve crop yields and increase resilience to extreme weather.

New technique uses light to separate mirror-image materials

Left- and right-handed versions of molecules can be hard to tell apart but can have devastatingly different effects. The Dionne lab is developing an optical filter to sort these molecules, which could lead to purer and safer drugs and agrichemicals.

Digital companies and workers’ rights in an online world

Stanford scholars are addressing the future of how we work, with technology platforms and policies to protect workers’ rights and help employers properly assess employee qualifications as part of Stanford’s Cyber Initiative.

New portal for exploring California’s drought

A new web portal puts four years of California drought data into an interactive format, showing where regions met or missed water conservation goals. The idea is to motivate awareness and conservation.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory —

AI analyzes gravitational lenses 10 million times faster

SLAC and Stanford researchers demonstrate that brain-mimicking neural networks can revolutionize the way astrophysicists analyze complex data, including distortions in spacetime that are crucial for our understanding of the universe.

Stanford Medicine —

Genome analysis with near-complete privacy possible

Stanford researchers used cryptography to cloak irrelevant genetic information in individuals’ genomes while revealing disease-associated mutations. The technique could vastly improve patient privacy.