Science and Technology
Stanford earthquake hazards researcher at center of Nepal quake
After 30 years in high-tech marketing and general management, Anne Sanquini began a second career as a PhD student at Stanford studying how to motivate people to take precautionary action to protect their homes and schools against earthquakes. Her work over the past four years led her to Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. She was there during the April 25 earthquake, the very quake she had been preparing for.
Stanford professor developing water usage model that could help California meet conservation goals
Stanford economist Frank Wolak is creating a customer-level water demand model that can be used to design tiered water rate schedules for California.
Key strategies can boost donations at crowdfunding sites, Stanford experts say
A sophisticated analysis by Stanford data scientists supports a common sense approach: help fundraisers craft successful appeals and thank givers promptly, and they will return to give more.
TEDxStanford presenters tell tales of past 'turning points' and future opportunities
The fourth annual TEDxStanford conference was a rich experience for everyone.
Stanford scientists discover how microbes acquire electricity in making methane
New findings by Stanford engineering Professor Alfred Spormann and colleagues could pave the way for microbial "factories" that produce renewable biofuels and chemicals.
Stanford researchers create a promising solution for urban toilets in Haiti and elsewhere
Portable dry toilet and waste service system prove effective in Haiti's urban slums and can help solve the problem of "flying toilets."
Stanford biologists discover that large whales have nerves that stretch like bungee cords
Fin whales suck in a swimming pool's worth of water every time they gulp down food. A team of scientists, including Stanford's Jeremy Goldbogen, discovered that unique nerves in the animal's mouth extend by up to 115 percent to accommodate these big bites.
Stanford researchers observe the moment when a mind is changed
A new algorithm enables a moment-by-moment analysis of brain activity each time a laboratory monkey reaches this way or that during an experiment. It's like reading the monkey's mind.
Stanford researcher imagines a world without large, plant-eating animals
Stanford biologist Rodolfo Dirzo and a team of ecologists forecast enormous ecological, social and economic costs from the loss of large herbivores, but offer some solutions.
Blue whales lack the ability to avoid cargo ships, says Stanford biologist
As the largest animals in the ocean, blue whales have not evolved defensive behaviors. New research by Stanford biologist Jeremy Goldbogen suggests this might explain why the whales are so prone to ship collisions.
Shinzo Abe at Stanford: Innovation will spur Japan's future
Japanese prime minister touts innovation links to the university and Silicon Valley.
Nine Stanford faculty members elected to National Academy of Sciences
The faculty members have been elected to receive one of the highest honors for an American scientist in recognition of their achievements in original research.
The best rules are simple, flexible and purposeful, Stanford professor says
Stanford engineering Professor Kathleen Eisenhardt describes how lessons gleaned from the boardroom and beyond can affect every corner of our lives.
Stanford Computer Science Department celebrates its 50th anniversary
Daylong event, "In Service to the World," reflects on the past accomplishments and future prospects of this world-class academic department.
Stanford and UC Berkeley partner on NASA's new effort to detect life on other planets
A new interdisciplinary research program from NASA brings together a team of scientists, including Stanford's Bruce Macintosh, to devise new technologies and techniques for detecting life on exoplanets.