Science and Technology

Warning sign on beach. Photo: Cara Smith/Heal the Bay

Stanford study shows ways to improve public health at beaches

Thanks to new Stanford research, an affordable, easy-to-implement system can provide significantly more accurate information on coastal water contamination to better protect public health.

Stanford chemists take step toward solving mystery of how enzymes work

Enzymes are crucial for assisting virtually all biological processes, but there has been little consensus on how they work. Steven Boxer and his students have found that the electrostatic field within an enzyme accounts for the lion's share of its success.

Russ Altman

Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence

Stanford University will lead a 100-year effort to study the long-term implications of artificial intelligence in all aspects of life.

representation of four-layer high-rise chip / Max Shulaker

Stanford team combines logic, memory to build a 'high-rise' chip

Stanford researchers are building layers of logic and memory into skyscraper chips that are smaller, faster, cheaper – and taller.

computer-aided design of an inductor / Juan Rivas-DAvila

Stanford faculty awarded seed grants for innovative energy research

Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded eight seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.

Students present prototypes of their modifications of a van / L.A. Cicero

Stanford students 'humanize' a truck for a good cause

Stanford students get their hands dirty designing and rebuilding a truck to serve the specific needs of San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation.

People take cover from the rain in San Francisco / AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Rains to provide short-term relief for California drought, says Stanford researcher

Daniel Swain said the upcoming rainstorms – among the largest in recent years – will provide a respite to California's drought, by far the state's most intense in the historical record.

Franklin Orr / Ed Lallo

Stanford Professor Lynn Orr confirmed as head of DOE science and energy research

After a yearlong delay, the U.S. Senate has confirmed Lynn Orr as under secretary for science and energy in the U.S. Department of Energy.

geophysicists surveying saltwater intrusion along Monterey Bay coast / Stacy H. Geiken

Stanford geophysicist maps saltwater threat to California aquifers

An ambitious experiment led by Stanford geophysicist Rosemary Knight is designed to determine the extent of ocean saltwater intrusion into underground freshwater in the Monterey Bay region.  Video

climate change icons / KQED

Stanford's Precourt Institute and KQED launch new e-book series on climate change

The new four-part iBooks Textbook series, Clue into Climate, and an accompanying iTunes U course can be downloaded for free on iPad.

protected wetland in Ecuador / Stacie Wolny

Stanford collaboration helps governments offset damage caused by development projects

A powerful new software program provides more effective accounting of the impacts of development projects and offers possible remedies to the ecological damage they cause.

Prism breaking light into colors

Stanford engineers take big step toward using light instead of wires inside computers

Using a new algorithm, Stanford engineers can design and build a prism-like silicon structure that can bend light at right angles. The goal is to transmit data faster and more efficiently via optical rather than electrical signals.

Mae Jemison, Stanford alumna and astronaut

Stanford alumna and astronaut Mae Jemison talks about the universe

Mae Jemison participates in "Imagining the Universe," a yearlong series of events that includes speakers, performances and an exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center.

researchers Linxiao Zhu, Shanhui Fan, Aaswath Raman / Norbert von der Groeben

Stanford engineers invent high-tech mirror to beam heat away from buildings into space

A new ultrathin multilayered material can cool buildings without air conditioning by radiating warmth from inside the buildings into space while also reflecting sunlight to reduce incoming heat.

Man undergoing brain scan

Stanford scientists seek to map origins of mental illness and develop noninvasive treatment

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has convened to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop noninvasive technologies to treat the conditions.  Video