Science and Technology

Students make adjustments to their small pilotless aircraft / Kurt Hickman

Stanford course gives students just 10 weeks to design, build and fly tiny 'rescue' aircraft

Unique engineering course draws students from across campus with its hands-on approach to creating pilotless aircraft.  Video


Persis Drell with Three Books for frosh / L.A. Cicero

Stanford's 2014 Three Books program embraces theme of 'science and scientists'

Persis Drell is the first scientist to choose the summer reading list for incoming freshmen and transfers. The books' diversity of styles and approaches to science were picked to appeal to students' wide interests.


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Stanford researcher gets first-time look at Antarctic minke whales feeding

An international team of researchers that included a Stanford scientist used digital tagging technology to study the unique feeding habits of Antarctic minke whales. ​


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Stanford research shows value of clams, mussels in cleaning dirty water

New Stanford research shows that bivalves can cleanse streams, rivers and lakes of potentially harmful chemicals that treatment plants can't fully remove.  


Stanford postdoctoral fellow Sebastian Alvarado  holding a superhero figure.

Stanford biologist explains science of origin stories of Captain America and the Incredible Hulk

Little is known how comic book superheroes Captain America and the Incredible Hulk got their superpowers. Stanford biologist Sebastian Alvarado has the answer: epigenetics.  Video


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Stanford scientists use lasers and carbon nanotubes to look inside living brains

A team of Stanford scientists has developed an entirely non-invasive technique that provides a view of blood flow in the brain.


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Stanford scientists create remote-controlled nanoscale protein motors

A bioengineering team builds molecular motors to further the study of cell function. Component DNA is drawn from very different organisms.  Video


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Stanford study shows effects of biomass burning on climate, health

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.


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Stanford's Water in the West program offers new way to view groundwater resources

New website, with interactive graphics, illustrates problems caused by California's over-tapped aquifers.


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Stanford scientists challenge theory on protection of threatened species

Instead of simply concentrating conservation efforts on threatened species, resource managers and policymakers should consider ecosystem-wide impacts, study's authors write.


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Hummingbirds vs. helicopters: Stanford engineers compare flight dynamics

A quantitative analysis of hummingbird wings shows that they generate lift more efficiently than the best micro-helicopter blades.  Video


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Q&A: Stanford's Carla Shatz on fostering successful interdisciplinary collaboration

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.


Professor Yi Cui

Stanford researchers seek 'Holy Grail' in battery design

The goal of a pure lithium anode is drawing closer to reality with the development of a protective layer of interconnected carbon domes.


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The U.S. suffers from lifespan inequality gap, Stanford researcher says

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.


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Simple isn't better when talking about science, Stanford philosopher suggests

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.