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First Mars program director Scott Hubbard on InSight

Hubbard was right next to mission control for the landing of InSight on Mars. Here’s what he thinks about NASA’s latest deep-space triumph and the special satellites that accompanied it.

Watching nanoparticle photoreactions

Stanford researchers retooled an electron microscope to work with visible light and gas flow, making it possible to watch a photochemical reaction as it swept across a nanoparticle the size of a cold virus.

A new mechanism for how animal cells stay intact

Watching the movement of every cell in an adult animal all at once, the Prakash lab discovered ultra-fast cellular contractions. This research suggests a new role for cellular contractions in tissue cohesion, which could be the basis of a new material.

Pond dwellers swim in polygons to avoid light

Although they’ve been studied for hundreds of years, it wasn’t until a Stanford bioengineering lab tried to model how Euglena reacts to light that anyone noticed the organism swimming in precise polygons.

Former ‘Mars czar’ reviews news on the red planet

Discoveries of complex molecules and a liquid water lake, a birthday for one rover and concern for another have brought Mars a lot of attention this summer. Here’s what the first Mars program director, Scott Hubbard, has to say about all the recent excitement.

Rapid screening for bacterial infections

Researchers in medicine, engineering and business are developing a way of diagnosing deadly bacterial blood infections that’s more efficient than current techniques. They aim to speed up treatment while avoiding antibiotic resistance.

Learning through sound

The audible world contains vast amounts of information about the world around us. Scholars from across Stanford are exploring this invisible landscape as a research tool and as a way of understanding each other.