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Walter Vincenti, interdisciplinary engineer, dead at 102

Vincenti’s research laid the foundation for many advances in aeronautics, including supersonic flight and spacecraft reentry. He also co-founded the interdisciplinary Stanford Program in Science, Technology and Society.

Dancing with microbes in a museum

Scientists at Stanford and the Exploratorium developed an immersive exhibit where visitors can dance with living cells.

Vintage film reveals Antarctic glacier melting

Newly available archival film has revealed the eastern ice shelf of Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is melting faster than previous estimates, suggesting the shelf may collapse sooner than expected.

Ancient die-off greater than dinosaur extinction

When significant oxygen entered the atmosphere, ancient life multiplied. But after a few hundred million years, Earth’s oxygen plummeted, resulting in a die-off likely greater than the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Water droplets spontaneously produce hydrogen peroxide

Despite its abundance, water retains a great many secrets. Among them, Stanford chemist Richard Zare and his lab have discovered, is that water microdroplets spontaneously produce hydrogen peroxide.

Scientist models exoplanet’s atmosphere

New research using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has provided a rare glimpse at the surface of a rocky planet outside our solar system.

What it’s like to be a chemist

Laura Dassama and her fellow Stanford chemists talk about their paths into the field, the joys of making new molecules and the way in which the “central science” pervades our lives.