Science and Technology

Stanford team's brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing

Years of work have yielded a technique that continuously corrects brain readings to give people with spinal cord injuries a more precise way to tap out commands by using a thought-controlled cursor.  

4 students who received energy innovation grants

Student teams win grants to commercialize Stanford energy inventions

Building on the success of its first year, the Innovation Transfer Program at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is financially supporting 11 new teams comprised mostly of Stanford students and recent graduates trying to put university research to work.

Roger Goodell wearing virtual reality headset in front of a screen with Jeremy Bailenson looking on. /Photo: Tamer Shabani

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell steps into virtual reality at Stanford lab

During a visit to Jeremy Bailenson's Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell learned how virtual experiences could improve training and officiating, and also teach players empathy on a variety of social issues.

Stanford Chemistry Professor W.E. Moerner

Megacities must address climate change, Stanford Nobel laureate says

Stanford chemist W.E. Moerner suggests that the world's largest cities should take steps to reduce the impacts of global warming.

Fracking operation in Pennsylvania

Shallow fracking raises questions for water, new Stanford research shows

Stanford scientist's investigations show that drinking water sources may be threatened by thousands of shallow oil and gas wells mined with the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing.

Man moving fish

Stanford researchers find prawn solution to spread of deadly disease

New Stanford research shows that the river prawn, a natural predator of parasite-carrying snails, proves effective at curbing the spread of schistosomiasis in West Africa.

Student demonstrating robot's skills/ Photo: Kurt Hickman

Robo pingpong: Stanford students design, 'teach' robots to play

After learning new software and programming languages, Stanford students in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have an opportunity to choose a creative task and design a robot to perform the task for demonstration.  

Multi-exposure of a football helmet simulating impact on the top of the helmet. / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford research suggests football helmet tests may not account for concussion-prone actions

Mounting evidence suggests that concussions in football are caused by the sudden rotation of the skull. David Camarillo's lab at Stanford has evidence that suggests current football helmet tests don't account for these movements.

Drill core samples from the Campi Flegrei caldera in Italy / Courtesy Tiziana VAnorio

Volcanic rocks resembling Roman concrete help solve a mystery, Stanford scientists say

Fiber-reinforced rocks discovered at the site of Italy's dormant Campi Flegrei volcano are similar to a wonder-material used by the ancients to construct enduring structures such as the Pantheon, and may lead to improved construction materials today.  

Woman and children at water standpipe in Dhaka, Bangladesh / Amy Pickering

Stanford grant programs enable researchers to tackle major environmental challenges

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment jump-starts interdisciplinary projects around the world.

shark swimming beneath paddle board

Stanford researchers show the risk of shark attacks is way down

Hazard on California coast has dropped by more than 91 percent since 1950, according to study.

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Federal program for vaccine-injured children is failing, Stanford scholar says

A Stanford professor has found that the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has not lived up to its original goals of providing "simple justice" to children injured by vaccines. Lengthy delays and an adversarial tone characterize the program.

Invention Hall of Fame award plaques / Linda Chao

Stanford Invention Hall of Fame welcomes six new technologies and honors 27 new prolific inventors

Each new technology has earned more than $5 million in royalties for Stanford. The 27 new prolific inventors have invented at least seven technologies that, in aggregate, have generated over $500,000.

Spacecraft approaching Pluto

First spacecraft to visit Pluto carries software and equipment developed at Stanford

The university's planetary scientists and engineers have their eyes peeled on the edge of the solar system as New Horizons approaches the dwarf planet.

Lovebirds in flight

Stanford high-speed video reveals how lovebirds keep a clear line of sight during acrobatic flight

Lovebirds turn their heads at record speeds to maneuver through densely crowded airspace. Stanford's David Lentink says this strategy could be applied to drone cameras to improve visual systems.