Science and Technology

Martin Perl in the lab / L.A. Cicero

Stanford's Martin L. Perl, winner of 1995 Nobel Prize for discovery of tau lepton, dead at 87

Physicist Martin Perl was part of SLAC and Stanford communities for half a century. "He was so excited to come to the lab," his son said.

Little Panoche Reservoir and Dam during drought in Feb 2014 / Florence Low

Causes of California drought linked to climate change, Stanford scientists say

The extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California's crippling drought are far more likely to occur under today's global warming conditions than in the climate that existed years ago.  Video

Dry soil

Stanford scientists at forefront of climate research

Team uses novel combination of computer simulations and statistical techniques to show that a persistent region of high atmospheric pressure was much more likely to form in the presence of modern greenhouse gas concentrations.

A. burtoni cichlid fish / Vincent J. Musi

Cichlid fish genome helps tell story of adaptive evolution, Stanford scientists say

African cichlid fish represent an unusual variety of evolutionary divergence, offering insight into the genetic mechanisms that drive species diversification.

Jennifer Cochran and Amato Giaccia / Rod Searcey

Stanford researchers create 'evolved' protein that may stop cancer from spreading

Experimental therapy stopped the metastasis of breast and ovarian cancers in lab mice, pointing toward a safe and effective alternative to chemotherapy.  Video

Bee pollinating flower / Photo: Jon Sullivan, Creative Commons

Stanford research links malnutrition and pollination

Researchers with the Natural Capital Project discover micronutrient deficiencies are three times as likely to occur in areas dependent upon pollinating insects.

Gel-like padding being developed by a Stanford Bio-X team could help cells survive injection and heal spinal cord injuries

A team of Bio-X scientists is developing a gel to help protect cells from the trauma of being injected into an injury site. The work could help speed cell-based therapies for spinal cord injuries and other types of damage.

Illustration of a brain with different-colored regions /Photo: Wandell Lab

Stanford scientists track the rise and fall of brain volume throughout life

Tracking how the brain changes throughout life, Stanford scientists have created a standard curve that can be used to assess whether patients are maturing and aging normally.

Portrait of Christina Smolke in lab / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford bioengineers develop a toolkit for designing more successful synthetic molecules

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.

Lions at the San Francisco Zoo/ Photo: Norbert von der Groeben

Stanford students ease life in the zoo

A dozen Stanford sophomores have designed ways to enrich the lives of the giraffe, lions and kinkajou at the San Francisco Zoo.  Video

fracking rig / Tim Hurst/Creative Commons

Stanford-led study assesses the environmental costs and benefits of fracking

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.

Karl Deisseroth / L.A. Cicero

Stanford's Karl Deisseroth wins Keio Prize

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 T. Schimke / Courtesy Schimke Family

Stanford Professor Robert Schimke, a pioneer in biomedical sciences, dies at 81

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.

palladium nanocubes viewed through a transmission electron microscope / Dionne Group

Stanford engineers help describe key mechanism in energy and information storage

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.

Tinamus major bird / Daniel Karp

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.