Science and Technology

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Stanford scientists observe brain activity in real time

A Stanford Bio-X team of scientists invented tools for watching mice brain nerves send signals in real time. The technique will make it easier to study brain functions and help develop therapies for brain diseases.


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Stanford research shows benefits of crystallization

Stanford scientists help create a novel way to do time-lapse studies of crystallization that will lead to more flexible and effective electronic displays, circuits and pharmaceutical drugs.  Video


bat eating fig / Christoph Meyer

Stanford researchers rethink 'natural' habitat for wildlife

Protecting wildlife while feeding a world population predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050 will require a holistic approach to conservation that considers human-altered landscapes such as farmland, say Stanford researchers.  


Searsville Dam

Tour outlines shared challenges to San Francisquito Creek watershed

Stanford faculty and staff recently participated in an educational tour of the San Francisquito Creek that emphasized the complexity of shared challenges created by human intervention in the historic waterway and suggested the need for coordinated solutions.


Tiger

Diverse gene pool critical for tigers' survival, say Stanford scholars

Increasing tigers' genetic diversity – via interbreeding and other methods – and not just their population numbers may be the best solution to saving this endangered species, according to Stanford research.


Soil core with mushroom

Stanford biologists help solve fungi mysteries

A new genetic analysis revealing the previously unknown biodiversity and distribution of thousands of fungi in North America might also reveal a previously underappreciated contributor to climate change.


PV panels and agave plants

Stanford scientists model a win-win situation: growing crops on photovoltaic farms

A new model for solar farms that "co-locates" crops and solar panels could result in a harvest of valuable biofuel plants along with solar energy. Field tests are the next step.


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Stanford scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants

The new technique offers an alternative to conventional ethanol produced from corn, sugar cane and other crops.


Tiny chemistry set

Inspired by a music box, Stanford bioengineer creates $5 chemistry set

Manu Prakash won a contest to develop the 21st-century chemistry set. His version, based on a toy music box, is small, robust, programmable and costs $5.  Video


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The green home of tomorrow

An enterprising team of Stanford students has designed a low-cost, solar-powered home that could lead the home-building industry to a more sustainable future and guide homeowners toward greener behavior.


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Stanford engineers design video game controller that can sense players' emotions

Stanford engineers have developed what could be the next big thing in interactive gaming: handheld game controllers that measure the player's physiology and alter the gameplay to make it more engaging.  Video


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Stanford computer scientists learn to predict which photos will go viral on Facebook

Researchers can forecast the ultimate popularity of a Facebook photo by watching how fast it is shared.


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Stanford philosopher untangles Einstein senility controversy

Drawing from Einstein's collected papers, Stanford philosophy Professor Thomas Ryckman exonerates the theoretician from charges of senility and shows how physics is ultimately indebted to philosophy.


Scorched earth

Behind the scenes of an international climate report, with Stanford scientists

Stanford's Chris Field has spent five years leading a team of international scientists as they prepared a major United Nations report on  the world's climate. The hours were long, the company was good and the science is crucial.


Carla Shatz portrait/Photo: Norbert von der Groeben

Stanford scientists discover a protein in nerves that determines which brain connections stay and which go

A protein once thought to exclusively work in the immune system turns out to be critical in the developing brain. The discovery by Stanford Bio-X scientists helps explain how the brain prunes back unused connections early in life.