Science and Technology7.31.14
Stanford professor’s calculations indicate that wildfires and other types of fires involving plant matter play a much bigger role in climate change and human health than previously thought.
New website, with interactive graphics, illustrates problems caused by California's over-tapped aquifers.
Instead of simply concentrating conservation efforts on threatened species, resource managers and policymakers should consider ecosystem-wide impacts, study's authors write.
A quantitative analysis of hummingbird wings shows that they generate lift more efficiently than the best micro-helicopter blades.
A national report on the value of interdisciplinary approaches in the sciences highlighted Stanford Bio-X as a model for success. Carla Shatz, the director of Stanford Bio-X, talks about the report's recommendations and the factors that have helped Bio-X shine.
The goal of a pure lithium anode is drawing closer to reality with the development of a protective layer of interconnected carbon domes.
Stanford researcher Shripad Tuljapurkar found that a lifespan inequality gap continues in countries like the United States even while life expectancy is increasing. One reason is that America's mortality rate among young males is not getting better. Better access to health care would improve the situation.
Taking a philosophical approach to the assumptions that surround the study of human behavior, Stanford philosophy Professor Helen Longino suggests that no single research method is capable of answering the question of nature vs. nurture.
New research outlines the path to a possible future for California in which renewable energy creates a healthier environment, generates jobs and stabilizes energy prices.
Stanford biology Professor Rodolfo Dirzo and his colleagues warn that this "defaunation" could have harmful downstream effects on human health.
One of the most popular courses run by the Product Realization Lab, ME 204 teaches students how to build bicycles – with lessons in patience and project management as well.
Stanford Earth scientists use newly developed mathematical tools to analyze landscapes formed by water and other processes, and in doing so challenge 50 years of research on landscape evolution. The new techniques allow scientists to better understand the signatures of erosion on Earth and perhaps on other planets.
Using high-brilliance X-rays, researchers track the process that fuel cells use to produce electricity, knowledge that will help make large-scale alternative energy power systems more practical and reliable.
Manta rays – graceful, winged marine animals – are in danger of becoming extinct in the wild. But how can we protect animals that range across the open ocean?
Using novel methods, scientists identify biological signatures in cancer cells that can be traced back to the original cancer gene.