Science and Technology

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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.


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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.


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Stanford study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun

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.


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Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth's 6th mass extinction event

Stanford biology Professor Rodolfo Dirzo and his colleagues warn that this "defaunation" could have harmful downstream effects on human health.


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Stanford students learn to build their own bikes

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.  Video


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Stanford study finds order in the apparent randomness of Earth's evolving landscape

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.


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Researchers led by Stanford engineer figure out how to make more efficient fuel cells

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.


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Protecting lagoons could be key to saving manta rays, say Stanford scholars

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?


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Stanford team creates tool to help unravel secrets of cancer

Using novel methods, scientists identify biological signatures in cancer cells that can be traced back to the original cancer gene.