Science and Technology

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Stanford professor designs mathematics and mindset boost for teachers and students across the nation

The "Week of Inspirational Math" curriculum will be available for free online. It includes videos and math tasks, and is aligned to the Common Core.

aerial view of Central Energy Facility in November 2014 as it nears completion/Todd Quam

New Stanford energy system cuts greenhouse gas emissions 68 percent and fossil fuel 65 percent

The comprehensive system incorporates solar power for electricity, combined with heat recovery, to cut greenhouse gas emissions 68 percent and fossil fuel 65 percent.

Professor Anton Zeilinger

Anton Zeilinger to deliver Stanford's annual Robert Hofstadter Memorial Lectures April 20-21

Award-winning physicist explores how "entanglement" between microscopic particles enables atomic-scale communication across large distances.

Ashwin Atre

Stanford engineers devise optical method for producing high-res, 3-D images of nanoscale objects

The technique, called cathodoluminescence tomography, could assist in the development of high-efficiency solar cells and LEDS, or improve the way biological systems are visualized.  

Stanford postdoc Yingpen Wu

Aluminum battery from Stanford offers safe alternative to conventional batteries

The new aluminum-ion battery could replace many of the lithium-ion and alkaline batteries in wide use today.  

California officials observing lack of snow on Echo Summit on April 1, 2015 / AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Record-low snowpack: Bad news for California, say Stanford experts

The snowpack in California's mountains is at the lowest level ever recorded. The long-term effects of the drought could be devastating.

Harvester ants

Ants' intruder defense strategy could lead to better email spam filters, Stanford biologist finds

Biology Professor Deborah M. Gordon presents a model suggesting that the human immune system and ants use similar distributed defense strategies to fight off intruders. Adapting this technique could yield stronger email spam filters.

ants in simple-to-make device to track their movement

Stanford's Ants in Space study launches citizen science for students worldwide

Want to teach high school students about science, technology, engineering and math? "Get ants," advises Stanford biologist Deborah M. Gordon.  

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Stanford researchers are tackling freshwater challenges around the globe

As the world's population grows, so does the demand for – and threat to – the planet's freshwater supply. Stanford researchers are developing a range of promising solutions to freshwater challenges around the globe.

Illustration of how the process works / Credit: Clemens Research Group

New Stanford manufacturing process could yield better solar cells, faster chips

Silicon isn't the only chip-making material under the sun, just the cheapest. But a new process could make the alternative material, gallium arsenide, more cost effective.  

hummingbird / Courtesy David Lentink

Stanford engineer helps crack mystery of bird flight

A team led by mechanical engineer David Lentink has identified the design qualities that make bird wings famously efficient over a wide range of flight styles. The research could lead to improved aircraft design.  

Computer science assistant professor Michael Bernstein and graduate student Niloufar Salehi / Rod Searcey

Stanford collaborates on research to help online groups organize themselves

Making decisions and taking actions require leadership tools to minimize infighting and focus the energy on action.

Battle of the basketball robots

Stanford students build basketball-shooting robots

This year's Mechanical Engineering 210 competition, held in front of a large, cheering crowd, featured bots that shoot and dunk as many "basketballs" as possible in under two minutes. The competition ends a quarter in which the students learn about mechanics, electronics and computer programming.  

Tatiana Engel

Stanford neuroscientists find that noisy neurons are critical for learning

A computer model of brain function helps explain a 20-year-old finding that the way a single noisy neuron fires in the brain can predict an animal's decisions. It turns out neurons without noise can't learn.

African cichlid fish

Stanford biologists show how the evolution of physical traits can influence behavior

African cichlid fish attract mates by building different types of small sand structures, called bowers. Stanford biology Professor Russell Fernald and others have shown how the rapid evolution of other physical traits has played a role in determining bower shape.