Science and Technology

researchers Linxiao Zhu, Shanhui Fan, Aaswath Raman / Norbert von der Groeben

Stanford engineers invent high-tech mirror to beam heat away from buildings into space

A new ultrathin multilayered material can cool buildings without air conditioning by radiating warmth from inside the buildings into space while also reflecting sunlight to reduce incoming heat.

Man undergoing brain scan

Stanford scientists seek to map origins of mental illness and develop noninvasive treatment

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has convened to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop noninvasive technologies to treat the conditions.  Video

Education Professor Bruce McCandliss / L.A. Cicero

Stanford researchers bridge education and neuroscience to strengthen the growing field of educational neuroscience

As methods of imaging the brain improve, neuroscientists and educators can now identify changes in children's brains as they learn, and start to develop ways of personalizing instruction for kids who are falling behind.

grad student climbs glass wall with gecko-inspired adhesive pads / Eric Eason

Stanford engineers climb walls using gecko-inspired climbing device

Stanford engineers have designed a controllable adhesive system that can stick to glass and support a person's weight.  Video

images of brain sections from old medical textbooks / Courtesy of PNAS

A brain-imaging discovery by Stanford scientists resolves a century-old argument

Results from a brain-imaging study led scientists into a medical mystery going back to 1881, involving a disputed brain pathway discovered by one scientist and ignored by others.

Professor Sheri Sheppard

Stanford mechanical engineer Sheri Sheppard named U.S. professor of the year

Sheri Sheppard receives a national honor for her innovative approach to teaching undergraduate students in a hands-on, problem-solving way that transforms large classes into small group learning laboratories.    Video

Cybersecurity illustration

Stanford Cyber Initiative will tackle Internet technology concerns from many angles

Thanks to a Hewlett Foundation grant, the Stanford Cyber Initiative will address the crucial and complex opportunities and challenges raised by cyber-technologies.

Fei-Fei Li

Stanford team creates computer vision algorithm that can describe photos

Machine learning takes computer vision to the next level with a system that can describe objects and put them into context.

representation of molecules colliding to form new molecules / Courtesy Todd Martinez

Stanford chemists develop 'nanoreactor' for discovering new chemical reactions

A new computer model could identify unknown chemical mechanisms that could improve energy production and storage, or the development of new medicines.

Hamster in memory study

Stanford biologists explore link between memory deficit and misfiring circadian clock

By disrupting Siberian hamsters' circadian clocks, Stanford scientists have identified a part of the brain that, when misfiring, inhibits memory.

Stanford School of Engineering

Three innovators named Stanford engineering heroes

Distinguished Stanford engineers are honored for their impact on our lives and the world.

Breakthrough Symposium

World's brightest scientists gather at Stanford to celebrate fundamental research

Stanford hosted the second annual Breakthrough Prize Symposium to celebrate the biggest advances in physics, life sciences and mathematics, and to discuss strategies for generating funding and excitement for basic research.

potable water tank / Courtesy Stanford Woods Institute

Water sector ripe for innovation and investment, finds Stanford-led report

A Stanford-led report, presented at a forum with California Gov. Jerry Brown, points the way to technological innovation in the water sector.

Sacramento River / Courtesy Stanford Woods Insitute

Celebrating 10 years of environmental solutions at Stanford

With its Nov. 11 symposium, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment marks a decade of interdisciplinary breakthroughs at Stanford with panels on innovation, collaboration and the future of environmental solutions.

student controlling quadcopter with phone / Nora Sweeny

Learning to fly: Stanford engineering students master mechaphonics by building quadcopters

In mechanical engineering course ME 202, students learn how to turn open-source smartphone operating systems into powerful control of mechatronic devices.  Video