Science and Technology7.25.14
Taking a philosophical approach to the assumptions that surround the study of human behavior, Stanford philosophy Professor Helen Longino suggests that no single research method is capable of answering the question of nature vs. nurture.
New research outlines the path to a possible future for California in which renewable energy creates a healthier environment, generates jobs and stabilizes energy prices.
Stanford Biology Professor Rodolfo Dirzo and his colleagues warn that this "defaunation" could have harmful downstream effects on human health.
One of the most popular courses run by the Product Realization Lab, ME 204 teaches students how to build bicycles – with lessons in patience and project management as well.
Stanford Earth scientists use newly developed mathematical tools to analyze landscapes formed by water and other processes, and in doing so challenge 50 years of research on landscape evolution. The new techniques allow scientists to better understand the signatures of erosion on Earth and perhaps on other planets.
Using high-brilliance X-rays, researchers track the process that fuel cells use to produce electricity, knowledge that will help make large-scale alternative energy power systems more practical and reliable.
Manta rays – graceful, winged marine animals – are in danger of becoming extinct in the wild. But how can we protect animals that range across the open ocean?
Using novel methods, scientists identify biological signatures in cancer cells that can be traced back to the original cancer gene.
Stanford Woods Institute announces 2014 Environmental Venture Projects.
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory will monitor carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere to help scientists understand the lifecycle of carbon on Earth.
Computer simulation shows how to make a crystal that would toggle like a light switch between conductive and non-conductive structures. This could lead to flexible electronic materials.
The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment was established in 2004 to serve as a hub of interdisciplinary environmental research. Its forward-thinking natural and social scientists, engineers and others pursue practical solutions for people and the planet.
Indonesia pays a price for a lucrative crop used in many household products. Palm plantations damage freshwater streams that supply drinking water to millions of people.
Bright spots in a large lake on Titan suggest that Saturn's largest moon supports processes similar to Earth's water cycle, says Howard Zebker.
Setting effective conservation policies requires knowledge of environmental conditions. Scientists with the Center for Ocean Solutions propose using genetic techniques as a low-cost, quick way to collect such data.