Research

Being an intern in the Apollo program

From chasing toxic clouds to developing rocket fuels for Mars, Brian Cantwell shares stories of his time working on space exploration technologies – starting with an internship with the Apollo program.

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Shedding light on dark matter

A SLAC/Stanford study of the population of satellite galaxies orbiting the Milky Way provides new clues.  

Exploring the microbiome frontier

This collection of stories about scientists at Stanford reveals the many ways they are learning how the microbiome influences health and how to harness the microbiome to treat disease and improve our overall well-being.

What it’s like to be a theoretical physicist

Theoretical physicist Shamit Kachru and three of his graduate students talk about the social fabric behind their research, the cycle of confusion and discovery, and the sense of awe – or the cool factor – that drives them.

Lifetime flu vaccine?

Another year, another flu vaccine because so far scientists haven’t managed to make a vaccine that protects against all strains of flu. A new approach could end that ritual and protect against deadly pandemic flu.

Conservation clues from scant DNA

A new approach promises cheap, rapid analysis of genetic clues in degraded and left-behind material, such as hair and commercial food products.

Seed grants help ideas grow

Stanford researchers have for years looked to seed grants to get innovative, risky or simply new ideas – whether it’s using prawns to combat disease or drones to map coral reefs – off the ground.