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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.

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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.

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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.

Tracking animals with DNA

Genetic material left behind by animals can provide critical clues to aid conservation and research. New research shows studying DNA in soil samples can be more effective, efficient and affordable than traditional tracking methods, such as camera traps, for assessing biodiversity.

Pathways to changing the minds of climate deniers

By reviewing the psychology behind climate change rejection, a Stanford researcher suggests four approaches that can sway climate deniers and help overcome obstacles to implementing solutions.

High-tech ocean solutions in 2019

Stanford researchers used advanced technologies in 2019 to study and address a wide range of issues affecting our oceans and our relationship with them.

Accelerator-on-a-chip to do research, fight cancer

Just as engineers once compressed some of the power of room-sized mainframes into desktop PCs, so too have Stanford researchers shown how to pack some of the punch delivered by today’s ginormous particle accelerators onto a tiny silicon chip.