Science and Technology
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stanford researchers unravel secrets of shape-shifting bacteria
Working on observations of bacteria going undercover in ways that might trick the human immune system, Stanford bioengineers have created a time-lapse video that shows this process step by step.
Stanford researchers solve the mystery of the dancing droplets
Years of research satisfy a graduate student's curiosity about the molecular minuet he observed among drops of ordinary food coloring.
Scientists shrink ants to study mechanisms that control DNA expression
By shrinking ants, biologists present a model for understanding how environmental factors can influence DNA expression.
Stanford launches smartphone app to study heart health
A free iPhone app allows users to contribute to a study of human heart health while learning about the health of their own hearts, and uses a new software framework developed by Apple.
Stanford SystemX seeks to make information technologies even more pervasive
Stanford refocuses its 30-year-old industrial research partnership to invent hardware, software and systems capable of monitoring health, managing energy, sensing environmental conditions and controlling the Internet of Things.
Bunyan Lecture at Stanford: We are children of the vacuum, says astrophysicist
French astrophysicist François R. Bouchet will tell the story of the beginning of the universe – with a plot twist recently revealed by the Planck satellite mission – when he delivers Stanford's Bunyan Lecture March 11.
Stanford researchers discover that animal functional diversity started out poor, became richer over time
The finding refutes a hypothesis by the famed evolutionary biologist Stephen J. Gould that marine creatures underwent an "early burst" of functional diversity during the dawn of animal life.
Warming temperatures implicated in recent California droughts, Stanford scientists say
In California, warm, dry years are more likely to lead to severe drought than dry, cool years, and the probability of warm and dry conditions coinciding is likely to climb.