Science and Technology

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Most sensors designed to measure head impacts in sports produce inaccurate data, Stanford bioengineers find

As scientists zero in on the skull motions that can cause concussions, David Camarillo's lab has found that many commercially available sensors worn by athletes to gather this data are prone to significant error.  

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Stanford engineers find secret to steady drone cameras in swan necks

By solving how whooper swans keep their heads steady during flapping flight, Stanford engineers have developed a camera suspension system that could allow drones to produce crisper video images.  

Stanford FEED Collaborative

Stanford FEED Collaborative applies design thinking to food system

Sustainability promoted from local farms through distributors to consumers.

Stanford-India Biodesign fellows Debayan Saha, Shashi Ranjan and Harsh Sheth / Kurt Hickman

Biomedical innovation takes off in India, with Stanford roots

A program that blends India's frugal mindset with Stanford's entrepreneurial atmosphere has generated low-cost solutions to high-tech medical needs.

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Stanford researchers find surprising level of tick-borne disease risk on local trails

Study reveals mysterious pathogen in higher concentrations than thought in trailside ticks in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Stanford research shows how to improve students' critical thinking about scientific evidence

Physicists at Stanford and the University of British Columbia have found that encouraging students to repeatedly make decisions about data collected during introductory lab courses improves their critical thinking skills.

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Stanford engineers develop a wireless, fully implantable device to stimulate nerves in mice

A blue glowing device the size of a peppercorn can activate neurons of the brain, spinal cord or limbs in mice and is powered wirelessly using the mouse's own body to transfer energy. Developed by a Stanford Bio-X team, the device is the first to deliver optogenetic nerve stimulation in a fully implantable format.

research team members Isis Trenchard, Christina Smolke, Stephanie Galanie and Kate Thodey / Rod Searcey

Stanford researchers genetically engineer yeast to produce opioids

It typically takes a year to produce hydrocodone from plants, but Christina Smolke and colleagues have genetically modified yeast to make it in just a few days. The technique could improve access to medicines in impoverished nations, and later be used to develop treatments for other diseases.

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Astronomers discover 'young Jupiter' exoplanet

The first planet detected by the Gemini Planet Imager is 100 light-years away but shares many of the characteristics of an early Jupiter. Stanford physics Professor Bruce Macintosh explains how this planet could help us understand how solar systems form.

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Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project awards $9.3 million for innovative energy research

GCEP has awarded scientists at Stanford and four other universities funding to develop a suite of promising energy technologies.

Fu-Chung Huang demonstrates the new light-field stereoscope virtual reality headset in the Stanford Computational Imaging Group lab / Vignesh Ramachadran

Stanford researchers unveil virtual reality headset that reduces eye fatigue, nausea

Device creates a dramatically more natural virtual reality experience than what is present in today's leading headsets.  

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Stanford scientists devise method for rescuing genetic material from formaldehyde-treated tissue samples

Formaldehyde is excellent for preserving cellular structures, but it makes it difficult to pull genetic information from tissue samples. Eric Kool and colleagues have developed a catalyst that saves RNA, which could lead to better patient outcomes.

Stanford team's brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing

Years of work have yielded a technique that continuously corrects brain readings to give people with spinal cord injuries a more precise way to tap out commands by using a thought-controlled cursor.  

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Student teams win grants to commercialize Stanford energy inventions

Building on the success of its first year, the Innovation Transfer Program at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is financially supporting 11 new teams comprised mostly of Stanford students and recent graduates trying to put university research to work.

Roger Goodell wearing virtual reality headset in front of a screen with Jeremy Bailenson looking on. /Photo: Tamer Shabani

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell steps into virtual reality at Stanford lab

During a visit to Jeremy Bailenson's Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell learned how virtual experiences could improve training and officiating, and also teach players empathy on a variety of social issues.