Science and Technology
Stanford engineers develop 'invisible wires' that could improve solar cell efficiency
Making the electrical wiring on top of solar cells nearly invisible to incoming light, using silicon nanopillars to hide the wires, could dramatically boost solar-cell efficiency.
Stanford physicists set quantum record by using photons to carry messages from electrons 1.2 miles apart
By using photons to communicate between two electrons through more than a mile of fiber optic cable, physicists have taken an important step toward proving the practicality of quantum networks.
Biologists trace how human innovation impacts tool evolution
Professor Marcus Feldman's lab has devised a computer model that could help solve a long-standing mystery over why the introduction of new tools in prehistoric societies sometimes comes in periodic bursts.
Stanford researcher suggests storing solar energy underground for a cloudy day
Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson's proposal addresses the issue of how to affordably store wind, water and solar power.
Textbooks inaccurately present science on climate change as uncertain and doubtful, Stanford research shows
Stanford research shows that some California science textbooks by major publishers portray climate change as a debate over different opinions rather than as scientific fact.
Stanford students put computer science skills to social good
Four undergraduates have co-founded CS+Social Good, an organization that utilizes technology to make a positive social impact.
Stanford astronomers observe the birth of an alien planet
The newly found 'protoplanet' is 450 light years away, but observing how it collects matter and grows could answer some of the biggest questions concerning how our solar system formed.
Stanford designs underwater solar cells that turn captured greenhouse gases into fuel
Taking a cue from plants, researchers figure out how to use the sun's energy to combine CO2 with H2O to create benign chemical products, as part of a futuristic technology called artificial photosynthesis.
Tough enough: Stanford and IBM test the limits of toughness in nanocomposites
By slipping springy polystyrene molecules between layers of tough yet brittle composites, researchers made materials stronger and more flexible, in the process demonstrating the theoretical limits of how far this toughening technique could go.
Stanford researchers uncover patterns in how scientists lie about their data
When scientists falsify data, they try to cover it up by writing differently in their published works. A pair of Stanford researchers have devised a way of identifying these written clues.
Needed: More women in data science
A recent gathering at Stanford on the emerging science of big data turned the usual gender ratio of science conferences on its head.
Stanford researchers develop new way to measure crop yields from space
A Stanford-led team has used satellites to measure a special light emitted by plants to estimate crop yields with more accuracy than ever before.
New "tricorder" technology might be able to "hear" tumors growing
A new technology has promise to safely find buried plastic explosives and maybe even spot fast-growing tumors. The technique involves the clever interplay of microwaves and ultrasound to develop a detector like the Star Trek tricorder.
Three Stanford professors honored by Breakthrough Prize Foundation
Karl Deisseroth has been awarded a $3 million Breakthrough Prize in life sciences for his pioneering work in optogenetics. Stanford Physicists Xiao-Liang Qi and Leonardo Senatore won New Horizons in Physics Prizes for their outstanding contributions to fundamental physics.
Stanford Engineering: Driven by desire to have an impact on the world
The speakers at the Faculty Senate meeting yesterday included Professor Persis Drell, dean of the School of Engineering, and Professor Andrew Fire, chair of the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on IT Privacy and Security.