Science and Technology
Ice sheets may be more resilient than thought, say Stanford scientists
Stanford study suggests that today's ice sheets may be more resilient to increased carbon dioxide levels than previously thought.
Stanford soil sleuths solve mystery of arsenic-contaminated water
Stanford Earth scientist Scott Fendorf helped discover how trace amounts of arsenic were moving from sediments into groundwater aquifers in Southern California.
Most sensors designed to measure head impacts in sports produce inaccurate data, Stanford bioengineers find
As scientists zero in on the skull motions that can cause concussions, David Camarillo's lab has found that many commercially available sensors worn by athletes to gather this data are prone to significant error.
Stanford engineers find secret to steady drone cameras in swan necks
By solving how whooper swans keep their heads steady during flapping flight, Stanford engineers have developed a camera suspension system that could allow drones to produce crisper video images.
Stanford FEED Collaborative applies design thinking to food system
Sustainability promoted from local farms through distributors to consumers.
Biomedical innovation takes off in India, with Stanford roots
A program that blends India's frugal mindset with Stanford's entrepreneurial atmosphere has generated low-cost solutions to high-tech medical needs.
Stanford researchers find surprising level of tick-borne disease risk on local trails
Study reveals mysterious pathogen in higher concentrations than thought in trailside ticks in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Stanford research shows how to improve students' critical thinking about scientific evidence
Physicists at Stanford and the University of British Columbia have found that encouraging students to repeatedly make decisions about data collected during introductory lab courses improves their critical thinking skills.
Stanford engineers develop a wireless, fully implantable device to stimulate nerves in mice
A blue glowing device the size of a peppercorn can activate neurons of the brain, spinal cord or limbs in mice and is powered wirelessly using the mouse's own body to transfer energy. Developed by a Stanford Bio-X team, the device is the first to deliver optogenetic nerve stimulation in a fully implantable format.
Stanford researchers genetically engineer yeast to produce opioids
It typically takes a year to produce hydrocodone from plants, but Christina Smolke and colleagues have genetically modified yeast to make it in just a few days. The technique could improve access to medicines in impoverished nations, and later be used to develop treatments for other diseases.
Astronomers discover 'young Jupiter' exoplanet
The first planet detected by the Gemini Planet Imager is 100 light-years away but shares many of the characteristics of an early Jupiter. Stanford physics Professor Bruce Macintosh explains how this planet could help us understand how solar systems form.
Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project awards $9.3 million for innovative energy research
GCEP has awarded scientists at Stanford and four other universities funding to develop a suite of promising energy technologies.
Stanford researchers unveil virtual reality headset that reduces eye fatigue, nausea
Device creates a dramatically more natural virtual reality experience than what is present in today's leading headsets.
Stanford scientists devise method for rescuing genetic material from formaldehyde-treated tissue samples
Formaldehyde is excellent for preserving cellular structures, but it makes it difficult to pull genetic information from tissue samples. Eric Kool and colleagues have developed a catalyst that saves RNA, which could lead to better patient outcomes.
Stanford team's brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing
Years of work have yielded a technique that continuously corrects brain readings to give people with spinal cord injuries a more precise way to tap out commands by using a thought-controlled cursor.