Science and Technology

student Meghan Shea diving with jellyfish in the Pacific / Meghan Shea

Stanford students spend summer seeking environmental solutions

A unique grant program provides mentorship for students doing solutions-oriented environmental fieldwork around the world and vital research assistance for faculty.

Graduate student Yiyang Li and undergraduate Sophie Meyer in the lab / Norbert von der Groeben

Battery experiments highlight Stanford's dual mission of teaching and research

Teaching and research come together when a PhD student guides an undergraduate through two years of tests that confound two decades of assumptions on lithium-ion battery design.

Polly Courtice portrait / Stanford Video

2015 Bright Award recipient guides corporate leaders to more sustainable business practices

Polly Courtice, director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, was honored Tuesday at Stanford Law School with the 2015 Stanford Bright Award for her efforts in guiding thousands of business leaders to more sustainable business practices.  

Christopher Re

Stanford computer scientist Christopher Ré named MacArthur fellow

Stanford's Christopher Ré, an assistant professor of computer science, has been awarded a "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Heart cell

Tension helps heart cells develop normally in the lab, according to Stanford engineers

Scientists have discovered that getting stem cells to mimic normal adult heart cells – a critical step for eventually using them to test drugs – requires tension and a specific shape.


The discovery of liquid water on Mars increases chances of life on the planet, Stanford scientists say

New results indicate that liquid water flows seasonally on Mars, most likely fed by subsurface features, where the briny water might be more hospitable to life.

Mealworms eating Styrofoam

Plastic-eating worms may offer solution to mounting waste, Stanford researchers discover

An ongoing study by Stanford engineers, in collaboration with researchers in China, shows that common mealworms can safely biodegrade various types of plastic.

Dividing yeast cells labeled with a fluorescent tag to show overexpression of Whi5 / Skotheim Lab

Stanford biologists crack centuries-old mystery of how cell growth triggers cell division

Researchers in Jan Skotheim's lab have discovered a previously unknown mechanism that controls how large cells grow, an insight that could one day provide insight into attacking diseases such as cancer.

Pacific bluefin tuna / Randy Wilder

Stanford scientists help discover Pacific bluefin tunas' favorite feeding spots

Stanford scientists devise a new methodology for measuring how and when ocean predators consume prey, and identify the Pacific bluefin's favorite hot spots, information that can inform conservation strategies.

Child with school lunch

Stanford study indicates school meals may expose children to unsafe levels of BPA

Researcher finds that school meals can contain unsafe levels of a toxic chemical, putting low-income students particularly at risk.

Professor James Swartz holds an enlarged replica of a virus-like particle. / Photo: Linda Rice

Stanford team re-engineers virus to deliver therapies to cells

Researchers stripped a virus of its infectious machinery and turned its benign core into a delivery vehicle that can target sick cells while leaving healthy tissue alone.

sample of thermal plastic overlay / Fan Lab

Stanford engineers invent transparent coating that cools solar cells to boost efficiency

The hotter solar cells become, the less efficient they are at converting sunlight to electricity, a problem that has long vexed the solar industry. Now, Stanford engineers have developed a transparent overlay that increases efficiency by cooling the cells even in full sunlight.

Sillhouette of corn with a large sun. Photo: Dave Weaver/Shutterstock.

Global warming 'hiatus' never happened, Stanford scientists say

A new study reveals that the evidence for a recent pause in the rate of global warming lacks a sound statistical basis.

Professor and students on the bank of a small creek. / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford researchers look to stormwater as a solution for semiarid regions

Coordinated work with local and federal agencies could provide a template for capture and reuse of stormwater in dry regions such as the American West.  

View of the cell nucleus in the interphase / Juan Gaertner/Shutterstock

Stanford scientists discover key mechanism in gene expression

RNA polymerase II makes life possible by expressing genes. Now, a team of Stanford biologists, chemists and applied physicists has observed it at work in real time.