Science and Technology

Brain in head

Stanford engineer helps determine how the brain learns new tasks

Research by Stephen Ryu and colleagues reveals the neural basis for why learning new tasks can be difficult, and could lead to improved therapies for stroke and other brain injuries.


Stanford solar car

Stanford takes energy research to the limits

Building a solar car is one way Stanford students and researchers are developing next-generation energy sources and improving efficiency.


SURGE students

Stanford summer program brings more diversity to the earth sciences

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering (SURGE) program brings students from smaller liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions or underserved backgrounds to Stanford for a summer of earth science research and graduate school preparation.


Napa quake damage

Stanford geophysicist discusses what last weekend's earthquakes mean for future seismic activity in the Bay Area

Large earthquakes occurred much more frequently in the Bay Area during the 19th century, says geophysicist Greg Beroza. The recent magnitude 6.0 quake in Napa was a reminder to stay ready for the big one.


Stephen Quake / L.A. Cicero

Eye implant developed at Stanford could lead to better glaucoma treatments

Lowering internal eye pressure is currently the only way to treat glaucoma. A tiny eye implant developed by Stephen Quake's lab could pair with a smartphone to improve the way doctors measure and lower a patient's eye pressure.


Assistant Professor Michael Bernstein in front of a computer

Stanford team looks to take crowdsourcing to a whole new level

Stanford Assistant Professor Michael Bernstein and graduate student Alexandra To are working on a system that dynamically assembles and manages paid online experts. These "flash teams" advance a vision of expert crowd work that accomplishes complex, interdependent goals such as engineering and design.  Video


graphic showing path from poppy flower to pain pills / Kate Thodey and Stephanie Galanie

Stanford bioengineers close to brewing painkillers without using opium from poppies

A decade-long effort in genetic engineering is close to creating yeast that makes palliative medicines in stainless steel vats.


Water splitter

Stanford scientists develop water splitter that runs on ordinary AAA battery

Hongjie Dai and colleagues have developed a cheap, emissions-free device that uses a 1.5-volt battery to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen gas could be used to power fuel cells in zero-emissions vehicles.  Video


gears turning in an image of the brain

Stanford's Symbolic Systems bridges gap between humanity, technology

In an interdisciplinary study of "the science of the mind," students examine the human-computer relationship, and how to design technology that works well with users.


Students make adjustments to their small pilotless aircraft / Kurt Hickman

Stanford course gives students just 10 weeks to design, build and fly tiny 'rescue' aircraft

Unique engineering course draws students from across campus with its hands-on approach to creating pilotless aircraft.  Video


Persis Drell with Three Books for frosh / L.A. Cicero

Stanford's 2014 Three Books program embraces theme of 'science and scientists'

Persis Drell is the first scientist to choose the summer reading list for incoming freshmen and transfers. The books' diversity of styles and approaches to science were picked to appeal to students' wide interests.


Minke whale

Stanford researcher gets first-time look at Antarctic minke whales feeding

An international team of researchers that included a Stanford scientist used digital tagging technology to study the unique feeding habits of Antarctic minke whales. ​


Clams

Stanford research shows value of clams, mussels in cleaning dirty water

New Stanford research shows that bivalves can cleanse streams, rivers and lakes of potentially harmful chemicals that treatment plants can't fully remove.  


Stanford postdoctoral fellow Sebastian Alvarado  holding a superhero figure.

Stanford biologist explains science of origin stories of Captain America and the Incredible Hulk

Little is known how comic book superheroes Captain America and the Incredible Hulk got their superpowers. Stanford biologist Sebastian Alvarado has the answer: epigenetics.  Video


Mouse model

Stanford scientists use lasers and carbon nanotubes to look inside living brains

A team of Stanford scientists has developed an entirely non-invasive technique that provides a view of blood flow in the brain.