Science and Technology1.31.15
In his long career, Stanford chemist Carl Djerassi excelled in science and the arts. He may be remembered most as the father of the birth control pill.
In the largest comparison of genetic and linguistic data ever attempted, Stanford biologists find that features of language show a strong link to the geographic dispersal of human populations.
Differences in connectivity in the brain predict face blindness in adults, say Stanford neuroscientists. They plan to observe these surprising differences in children to discover how this visual deficit develops.
Researchers will seek to understand how the immune system can be harnessed to develop vaccines for the world's most deadly infectious diseases.
Professor Jo Boaler says students most effectively learn "math facts" working on problems they enjoy, rather than through exercises and drills they fear. Timed testing and blind memorization damage children's experience of math, she says.
New technique exploits naturally occurring seismic waves to probe seafloor at less expense, and with fewer ill effects on marine life caused by air guns in use today.
By selectively manipulating how DNA issues biological commands, Stanford bioengineers have developed a tool that could prove useful in future gene therapies.
Stanford scientists team with indigenous people to produce detailed carbon calculations of Amazon rainforest
By teaching basic ecology field work techniques to indigenous groups in the Amazon, Stanford researchers find that satellite measurements of rainforests underestimate the region's carbon storage potential.
Putting a film of the crystalline material perovskite on top of a silicon solar cell increases the cell's efficiency nearly 50 percent, say Stanford scientists.
Using high-brilliance X-rays in a new way, Stanford engineers observed electrons at work during catalytic reactions. Their findings may open doors to new or improved renewable energy applications.
In a new report, Steve Palumbi and colleagues show that the industrialization of the oceans mirrors the early stages of activities that have triggered mass extinctions on land.
A new device invented by David Lentink will answer long-held questions about the forces birds generate while flying, and could lead to the development of innovative, efficient unmanned aerial vehicles.
Though scientists do not completely understand what triggers solar flares, Stanford solar physicists Monica Bobra and Sebastien Couvidat have automated the analysis of those gigantic explosions.
Stanford researchers have found that computers can judge personality traits more accurately than one's friends and colleagues. In fact, artificial intelligence can draw inferences about a person as accurately as a spouse.