Science and Technology9.16.14
Synthetic molecules hold great potential for revealing key processes that occur in cells. Associate Professor Christina Smolke introduces a computer model that could provide better blueprints for building synthetic genetic tools.
A dozen Stanford sophomores have designed ways to enrich the lives of the giraffe, lions and kinkajou at the San Francisco Zoo.
Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis finds.
The medical science prize is awarded for his work in optogenetics – using light to control the activity of the brain. The technique is used to understand the brain's wiring and to unravel behavior.
Robert Schimke, professor emeritus of biology, discovered several key cellular mechanisms, including gene amplification, which has become a foundation of cancer research and drug development. After a traumatic accident, he became an accomplished painter.
By observing how hydrogen is absorbed into individual palladium nanocubes, Stanford materials scientists have detailed a key step in storing energy and information in nanomaterials. The work could inform research that leads to longer-lasting batteries or higher-capacity memory devices.
Diversified farming practices might preserve evolutionary diversity of wildlife, say Stanford and Berkeley biologists
A long-term study in Costa Rica has revealed that habitat destruction significantly reduces the incidence of evolutionarily distinct species.
Roughly 100 trillion connections between neurons allow the brain to function. Psychology Professor Brian Wandell's group has devised a better technique for mapping these connections.
Costing just pennies to make, tiny radios-on-a-chip are designed to serve as controllers or sensors for the 'Internet of Things.'
Scientists craft two exotic forms of carbon into a molecule for steering electron flow.
An integrated approach to managing soil and crops could help meet the demand of rapidly rising population while reducing greenhouse gases that drive climate change.
A Stanford Bio-X team found that the brain's wiring is more dynamic than expected – one set of neural wires can trigger different reactions, depending on how it fires.
Research by Stephen Ryu and colleagues reveals the neural basis for why learning new tasks can be difficult, and could lead to improved therapies for stroke and other brain injuries.
Building a solar car is one way Stanford students and researchers are developing next-generation energy sources and improving efficiency.
The Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering (SURGE) program brings students from smaller liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions or underserved backgrounds to Stanford for a summer of earth science research and graduate school preparation.