Science and Technology


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.

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.

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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.

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Students learning English benefit more in two-language instructional programs than English immersion, Stanford research finds

A partnership between the Stanford Graduate School of Education and San Francisco Unified School District examines the merits of four approaches to teaching English language learners.

Richard Luthy, Tom Zigterman and Craig Criddle in front of the Y2E2 building at Stanford. /Photo: Norbert von der Groeben

New Stanford facility will test water-recovery technology

The new Codiga Resource Recovery Center at Stanford will accelerate commercial development of promising technologies for recovery of clear water and energy from wastewater.

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Battle of the 'bots – a springtime rite of passage for Stanford mechanical engineering students

After weeks of lectures, students in  Introduction to Mechatronics face a final project like none other: Build a robot from scratch and put it to battle.  Video

Windmill as seen from below / Photo: Dennis Schroeder/NREL

Wind farms can provide a surplus of reliable clean energy to society, Stanford study finds

Today's wind industry, even with the necessary batteries and other grid-scale storage, is energetically sustainable, Stanford scientists say.

sea turtle

Stanford professor maps by-catch as unintended consequence of global fisheries

Biology researcher joins with other scientists to chart intensive fishing's collateral damage. Accidental entanglement in fishing gear is the single biggest threat to some species.