Science and Technology
Stanford Invention Hall of Fame welcomes six new technologies and honors 27 new prolific inventors
Each new technology has earned more than $5 million in royalties for Stanford. The 27 new prolific inventors have invented at least seven technologies that, in aggregate, have generated over $500,000.
First spacecraft to visit Pluto carries software and equipment developed at Stanford
The university's planetary scientists and engineers have their eyes peeled on the edge of the solar system as New Horizons approaches the dwarf planet.
Stanford high-speed video reveals how lovebirds keep a clear line of sight during acrobatic flight
Lovebirds turn their heads at record speeds to maneuver through densely crowded airspace. Stanford's David Lentink says this strategy could be applied to drone cameras to improve visual systems.
Stanford engineering students teach autonomous cars to avoid obstacles
The best way to survive a car accident is to avoid collisions in the first place. Professor Chris Gerdes' engineering students are developing algorithms and pop-up obstacles that could lead to safe autonomous driving.
Stanford researchers stretch a thin crystal to get better solar cells
Crystalline semiconductors like silicon can catch photons and convert their energy into electron flows. New research shows a little stretching could give one of silicon's lesser-known cousins its own place in the sun.
Single-catalyst water splitter from Stanford produces clean-burning hydrogen 24/7
Stanford scientists have developed a cheap and efficient way to extract clean-burning hydrogen fuel from water 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Stanford researchers seek least destructive balance of agriculture vs. forests
Scientists show that deforestation can have vastly different impacts. For example, clearing intact forest can damage biodiversity and carbon storage up to four times more than clearing forest edges.
Brain connections last as long as the memories they store, Stanford neuroscientist finds
A team of Bio-X scientists applied microscopy know-how to a long-standing theory in neuroscience: if brain connections called synapses store memories, those synapses should last as long as the memories themselves. It turns out they do, as Mark Schnitzer was able to show.
Stanford researcher declares that the sixth mass extinction is here
Paul Ehrlich and others use conservative estimates to prove that species are disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs' demise.
Building a brain: Stanford neuroscientists and engineers work together
Computers will one day match our own mental agility; learning, navigating and performing complex interactions all on scant power. But getting to that point will require neuroscientists and engineers to reverse engineer our least understood organ – the brain.
Oklahoma earthquakes linked to oil and gas wastewater disposal wells, say Stanford researchers
A new Stanford study finds that the recent spike in triggered earthquakes in Oklahoma is primarily due to the injection of wastewater produced during oil production – but not from fracking.
New research initiative at Stanford to comprehensively study development and use of natural gas
Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative will research many questions related to the responsible development of natural gas as a fuel supply in the United States and around the world.
Stanford engineers team up with U.S. Army to set computational record
Now billions of questions can be answered in about three minutes.
Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050
Mark Z. Jacobson and colleagues show that it's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy.
Strong constraint exists on one-way street that delivers optical signals to computers, say Stanford researchers
Stanford engineers highlight the limitation of a popular technique for one-way optical data transmission on computer chips.