Science and Technology3.2.15
In California, warm, dry years are more likely to lead to severe drought than dry, cool years, and the probability of warm and dry conditions coinciding is likely to climb.
After changes in government policy and farm practices, European grain yields leveled off. Stanford's Frances C. Moore says climate trends account for 10 percent of that stagnation.
In new research, Stanford paleobiologist Jonathan Payne says that animals tend to evolve toward larger body sizes over time. Over the past 542 million years, the mean size of marine animals has increased 150-fold.
ChEM-H scientists are helping to develop a cancer therapy based on a new finding of a protein that inadvertently promotes cancer growth. Blocking this protein could help block the growth of many types of tumors.
Stanford's Yi Cui and his students have turned a material commonly used in surgical gloves into a low-cost, highly efficient air filter.
The new name – the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences – reflects the school's focus on understanding the workings of the planet and helping address resource and environmental challenges facing the world.
A touchscreen Braille writer developed during a Stanford engineering summer course is now an app that turns an iPad into an invaluable tool for blind and visually impaired people.
By flying like Superman in Jeremy Bailenson's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was convinced that virtual reality could enhance the game for fans and players.
Computerized simulation simplifies the math and physics of animated movie collisions to create a point-click-and-drag tool for putting the kibosh on buildings, cities, even planets.
In his long career, Stanford chemist Carl Djerassi excelled in science and the arts. He may be remembered most as the father of the birth control pill.
Differences in connectivity in the brain predict face blindness in adults, say Stanford neuroscientists. They plan to observe these surprising differences in children to discover how this visual deficit develops.
In the largest comparison of genetic and linguistic data ever attempted, Stanford biologists find that features of language show a strong link to the geographic dispersal of human populations.
Professor Jo Boaler says students most effectively learn "math facts" working on problems they enjoy, rather than through exercises and drills they fear. Timed testing and blind memorization damage children's experience of math, she says.
Researchers will seek to understand how the immune system can be harnessed to develop vaccines for the world's most deadly infectious diseases.
New technique exploits naturally occurring seismic waves to probe seafloor at less expense, and with fewer ill effects on marine life caused by air guns in use today.