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What is love?

From the fields of science to sociology, politics and philosophy, here is what Stanford research says about love and romance, in the past and present day.  

Woods Institute for the Environment —

Plant nutrient map sheds light on carbon sinks

A study finds that some land can’t supply all the nutrients plants need in order to grow. The findings could help scientists better understand how much carbon plants growing in different areas can pull from the atmosphere.

More rain, less snow increases flooding

By analyzing more than two decades of data in the western U.S., scientists have shown that flood sizes increase exponentially as a higher fraction of precipitation falls as rain, offering insight into how flood risks may change in a warming world with less snow.

Center for Ocean Solutions —

Q&A: Making the case for mobile marine protected areas

Marine ecologist Larry Crowder discusses how protection of moving habitats, like ocean fronts and currents, can reduce conflicts between humans and marine life and help protect species and habitats under climate change.

Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences —

Stanford researchers conduct census of cell surface proteins

A new technique systematically surveys proteins on the outer surface of cells that act like molecular social cues to guide cell-cell interactions and assembly into tissues and organs.

Antiviral treatments inspire new kind of cancer drug

An effort to thwart viral diseases like hepatitis or the common cold led Stanford virologist Jeffrey Glenn to a new collaboration and a novel class of cancer drugs that appears effective in mice.

Setting fires to avoid fires

Despite having proven effective at reducing wildfire risks, prescribed burns have been stymied by perceived and real risks, regulations and resource shortages. A new analysis highlights ways of overcoming those barriers, offering solutions for wildfire-ravaged landscapes.