Science and Technology

Portrait of Christina Smolke in lab / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford bioengineers develop a toolkit for designing more successful synthetic molecules

Synthetic molecules hold great potential for revealing key processes that occur in cells. Associate Professor Christina Smolke introduces a computer model that could provide better blueprints for building synthetic genetic tools.

Lions at the San Francisco Zoo/ Photo: Norbert von der Groeben

Stanford students ease life in the zoo

A dozen Stanford sophomores have designed ways to enrich the lives of the giraffe, lions and kinkajou at the San Francisco Zoo.  Video

fracking rig / Tim Hurst/Creative Commons

Stanford-led study assesses the environmental costs and benefits of fracking

Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis finds.

Karl Deisseroth / L.A. Cicero

Stanford's Karl Deisseroth wins Keio Prize

The medical science prize is awarded for his work in optogenetics – using light to control the activity of the brain. The technique is used to understand the brain's wiring and to unravel behavior.

Robert T. Schimke / Courtesy Schimke Family

Stanford Professor Robert Schimke, a pioneer in biomedical sciences, dies at 81

Robert Schimke, professor emeritus of biology, discovered several key cellular mechanisms, including gene amplification, which has become a foundation of cancer research and drug development. After a traumatic accident, he became an accomplished painter.

palladium nanocubes viewed through a transmission electron microscope / Dionne Group

Stanford engineers help describe key mechanism in energy and information storage

By observing how hydrogen is absorbed into individual palladium nanocubes, Stanford materials scientists have detailed a key step in storing energy and information in nanomaterials. The work could inform research that leads to longer-lasting batteries or higher-capacity memory devices.

Tinamus major bird / Daniel Karp

Diversified farming practices might preserve evolutionary diversity of wildlife, say Stanford and Berkeley biologists

A long-term study in Costa Rica has revealed that habitat destruction significantly reduces the incidence of evolutionarily distinct species.

Brian Wandell portrait / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford scientists map white matter connections within the human brain

Roughly 100 trillion connections between neurons allow the brain to function. Psychology Professor Brian Wandell's group has devised a better technique for mapping these connections. 

Tiny radio-on-a-chip resting on a penny/Photo: Courtesy of Amin Arbabian

Stanford engineers aim to connect the world with ant-sized radios

Costing just pennies to make, tiny radios-on-a-chip are designed to serve as controllers or sensors for the 'Internet of Things.'  Video

squared diamondoids and rounded buckyballs are joined to create buckydiamondoids / Manoharan Lab/Stanford University

Buckyballs and diamondoids join forces in tiny electronic gadget from Stanford and SLAC

Scientists craft two exotic forms of carbon into a molecule for steering electron flow.

wheat fields in Guangxi, China / Hector Garcia/Creative Commons

New farming practices can increase yields and lower pollution in China, Stanford study shows

An integrated approach to managing soil and crops could help meet the demand of rapidly rising population while reducing greenhouse gases that drive climate change.

brain molecules

Stanford scientists reveal complexity in the brain's wiring diagram

A Stanford Bio-X team found that the brain's wiring is more dynamic than expected – one set of neural wires can trigger different reactions, depending on how it fires.

Brain in head

Stanford engineer helps determine how the brain learns new tasks

Research by Stephen Ryu and colleagues reveals the neural basis for why learning new tasks can be difficult, and could lead to improved therapies for stroke and other brain injuries.

Stanford solar car

Stanford takes energy research to the limits

Building a solar car is one way Stanford students and researchers are developing next-generation energy sources and improving efficiency.

SURGE students

Stanford summer program brings more diversity to the earth sciences

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering (SURGE) program brings students from smaller liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions or underserved backgrounds to Stanford for a summer of earth science research and graduate school preparation.