Science and Technology

illustration of cubic robot on Martian moon / Ben Hockman

Stanford engineers build cube-like rover for exploration of asteroids, comets

Dubbed "Hedgehog," the hopping, whirling robot is designed for extreme environments and low levels of gravity.  

rendering of a futurisic automobile / Antii Eskeli, industrial designer

Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project awards $7.6 million for energy research

GCEP is funding innovative energy research at Stanford and three other universities.

reconstruction of Neanderthal man and woman at the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, Germany / AP Photo/Martin Meissner

Human culture, not smarts, may have overwhelmed Neanderthals, say Stanford researchers

New mathematical model suggests that our higher level of cultural organization may have allowed us to prevail.

illustration of brain with illuminated nerves and synapses / Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock

Stanford scientists uncover neural pathway responsible for opioid withdrawal

Stanford researchers manipulated the brains of morphine-addicted mice and allowed the animals to overcome withdrawal symptoms. The finding could offer a new approach to quieting symptoms that often lead to recurring drug use.

Jeremy Bailenson with student wearing virtual reality headset / L.A. Cicero

Stanford's interdisciplinary approach fuels critical advances in research

A culture of collaboration drives innovative discoveries in areas vital to our world, our health and our intellectual life.

Elliot Hawkes / Kurt Hickman

Stanford engineers have good news for Stephen Colbert: It is plausible to climb like Spider-Man

By using a novel controllable adhesive system, a Stanford engineer shows that a person can scale a glass wall just like Spidey.  

image of lock on computer screen with digits and letters in background / kentoh/Shutterstock

Stanford scholars look to 1930s radio technology to help improve Internet security

A new study shows how harnessing the quantum properties of light can create a transmission technology impervious to eavesdropping.

George Shultz and William Perry

Stanford experts reveal latest Doomsday Clock estimate

The world remains perilously close to a nuclear disaster or catastrophic climate change that could devastate humanity.

Kevin Boyce and Matt Nelsen handle Carboniferous-era petrified wood fossils / Ker Than

Stanford scientists discover how Pangea helped make coal

The same geologic forces that helped stitch the supercontinent Pangea together also helped form the ancient coal beds that powered the Industrial Revolution.

worker taking samples from a damaged drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant / U.S. Dept. of Energy

Buried nuclear waste risky, say Stanford experts

Radioactive material from the laboratories that design America's nuclear weapons will have to be buried and kept away from humans for at least 10,000 years. But three Stanford experts say the safety analysis of this project needs to be revised to reflect new strategies that aim to substantially increase the amounts of plutonium to be disposed of.

Debra Perrone looking down at Kotmale Dam, Sri Lanka / Dawn Ruth

Stanford researcher creates method to measure resource tradeoffs in times of drought

A new computer model developed by a Stanford scientist can be used by resource managers around the world to weigh food and energy tradeoffs when water is scarce.

Woman and boy plowing field with horse in Chad / Derek Sciba/USAID

Freshwater vulnerability threatens developing nations' stability, Stanford researchers find

An analysis of 119 low-income countries finds common challenges that could inform broad solutions.  

polyethylene film that prevents lithium-ion battery from overheating / Zheng Chen 

New Stanford battery shuts down at high temperatures and restarts when it cools

Stanford researchers have invented a lithium-ion battery that could prevent battery fires that have plagued laptops, hoverboards and other electronic devices.  

Oleg Sherby / Courtesy of Pamela McCroskey

Oleg D. Sherby, professor of materials science and engineering, dies at 90

Hailed for the discovery of superplastic steel, Sherby was a professor at Stanford for 30 years. He was known on campus for his affable manner and for organizing volleyball matches and poker games.

Stanford Engineering building with palm trees / Drew Kelly

What does the great engineering school of the future look like?

Stanford School of Engineering charts a vision for the future across three critical areas: research, education and culture.