Science and Technology

student at farmer's market / Johnny Winston

Stanford students create interactive tool that tells the story of global change

Using first-person narratives, Stanford undergraduates create an interactive tool that shows how forces of global change are manifested locally throughout California.

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Twenty-five years later: The legacy of the Loma Prieta quake at Stanford

Stanford remembers the earthquake that rocked the campus and spurred wealth of research aimed at reducing quakes' destruction.

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Stanford Roundtable 2014 brings climate change to the fore

This year's Roundtable at Stanford focuses on climate change, its impacts, dangers and possible solutions. On Friday, Oct. 24, 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl will lead the conversation.

quake-resistant test house on shake table / Eduardo Miranda

Stanford engineers build, test earthquake-resistant house

Twenty-five years after Loma Prieta, a Stanford team develops inexpensive design modifications that could be incorporated into new homes to reduce quake damage.  Video

Implant chip prototype

Stanford engineers develop tiny, sound-powered chip to serve as medical device

Using ultrasound to deliver power wirelessly, Stanford researchers are working on next-generation medical devices that would be planted deep inside the body. 

Mouse neurons

Decoy drug developed by Stanford Bio-X scientists allows brains of adult mice to form new connections

If the finding works in people, it has the potential to help adults recover from stroke and forms of blindness or to prevent the loss of connections in Alzheimer's disease.

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Stanford scientists create a 'smart' lithium-ion battery that warns of potential fire hazards

Stanford's Yi Cui and colleagues have created a lithium-ion battery that alerts users of potential overheating and fire.  Video

W.E. Moerner in his Stanford lab / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Nobel Prize for Stanford chemist W.E. Moerner, who brings very small things into focus

W.E. Moerner shares the award for his contribution to the ability to observe molecules at the smallest scales.  Video

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Stanford's GCEP awards $10.5 million for research on renewable energy

Stanford scientists and an international research group receive funding to advance solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy.

Ada Poon

Miniature wireless device being developed by Stanford Bio-X team creates better way of studying chronic pain

Ada Poon leads team of Stanford Bio-X scientists creating a small wireless device that will improve studies of chronic pain. The scientists hope to use what they learn to develop better therapies for the condition.

electrical grid

Stanford engineer says 'smart grid' needed to shift electrical system to alternative energy

Solar, wind and other alternative sources are easier on the environment but less predictable than coal, gas or oil-fired plants, demanding a more sophisticated distribution and delivery system.

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Public policies for addiction, smarter prosthetics and stroke among the Big Ideas tackled by Stanford neuroscientists

Improving public policies for treating drug addiction, smarter prosthetics and stroke research are among the new priorities for the interdisciplinary Stanford Neurosciences Institute.

Martin Perl in the lab / L.A. Cicero

Stanford's Martin L. Perl, winner of 1995 Nobel Prize for discovery of tau lepton, dead at 87

Physicist Martin Perl was part of SLAC and Stanford communities for half a century. "He was so excited to come to the lab," his son said.

Little Panoche Reservoir and Dam during drought in Feb 2014 / Florence Low

Causes of California drought linked to climate change, Stanford scientists say

The extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California's crippling drought are far more likely to occur under today's global warming conditions than in the climate that existed years ago.  Video

Dry soil

Stanford scientists at forefront of climate research

Team uses novel combination of computer simulations and statistical techniques to show that a persistent region of high atmospheric pressure was much more likely to form in the presence of modern greenhouse gas concentrations.