Science and Technology
Student teams win grants to commercialize Stanford energy inventions
Building on the success of its first year, the Innovation Transfer Program at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is financially supporting 11 new teams comprised mostly of Stanford students and recent graduates trying to put university research to work.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell steps into virtual reality at Stanford lab
During a visit to Jeremy Bailenson's Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell learned how virtual experiences could improve training and officiating, and also teach players empathy on a variety of social issues.
Megacities must address climate change, Stanford Nobel laureate says
Stanford chemist W.E. Moerner suggests that the world's largest cities should take steps to reduce the impacts of global warming.
Shallow fracking raises questions for water, new Stanford research shows
Stanford scientist's investigations show that drinking water sources may be threatened by thousands of shallow oil and gas wells mined with the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing.
Stanford researchers find prawn solution to spread of deadly disease
New Stanford research shows that the river prawn, a natural predator of parasite-carrying snails, proves effective at curbing the spread of schistosomiasis in West Africa.
Robo pingpong: Stanford students design, 'teach' robots to play
After learning new software and programming languages, Stanford students in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have an opportunity to choose a creative task and design a robot to perform the task for demonstration.
Stanford research suggests football helmet tests may not account for concussion-prone actions
Mounting evidence suggests that concussions in football are caused by the sudden rotation of the skull. David Camarillo's lab at Stanford has evidence that suggests current football helmet tests don't account for these movements.
Volcanic rocks resembling Roman concrete help solve a mystery, Stanford scientists say
Fiber-reinforced rocks discovered at the site of Italy's dormant Campi Flegrei volcano are similar to a wonder-material used by the ancients to construct enduring structures such as the Pantheon, and may lead to improved construction materials today.
Stanford grant programs enable researchers to tackle major environmental challenges
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment jump-starts interdisciplinary projects around the world.
Stanford researchers show the risk of shark attacks is way down
Hazard on California coast has dropped by more than 91 percent since 1950, according to study.
Federal program for vaccine-injured children is failing, Stanford scholar says
A Stanford professor has found that the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has not lived up to its original goals of providing "simple justice" to children injured by vaccines. Lengthy delays and an adversarial tone characterize the program.
Stanford Invention Hall of Fame welcomes six new technologies and honors 27 new prolific inventors
Each new technology has earned more than $5 million in royalties for Stanford. The 27 new prolific inventors have invented at least seven technologies that, in aggregate, have generated over $500,000.
First spacecraft to visit Pluto carries software and equipment developed at Stanford
The university's planetary scientists and engineers have their eyes peeled on the edge of the solar system as New Horizons approaches the dwarf planet.
Stanford high-speed video reveals how lovebirds keep a clear line of sight during acrobatic flight
Lovebirds turn their heads at record speeds to maneuver through densely crowded airspace. Stanford's David Lentink says this strategy could be applied to drone cameras to improve visual systems.
Stanford engineering students teach autonomous cars to avoid obstacles
The best way to survive a car accident is to avoid collisions in the first place. Professor Chris Gerdes' engineering students are developing algorithms and pop-up obstacles that could lead to safe autonomous driving.