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Yakov Eliashberg awarded Wolf Prize in Mathematics

Stanford mathematics Professor Yakov “Yasha” Eliashberg is a recipient of the 2020 Wolf Prize in Mathematics. Along with the Fields Medal and Abel Prize, the Wolf Prize is considered one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics.

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.

First-ever recording of a blue whale’s heart rate

With a lot of ingenuity and a little luck, researchers monitored the heart rate of a blue whale in the wild. The measurement suggests that blue whale hearts are operating at extremes – and may limit the whale’s size.

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.