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Bird-like robot perches and grasps

With feet and legs like a peregrine falcon, engineers have created a robot that can perch and carry objects like a bird.

Time crystal in a quantum computer

A team of researchers including ones from Stanford and Google have created and observed a new phase of matter, popularly known as a time crystal.

A simpler design for quantum computers

Graduate student Ben Bartlett and Shanhui Fan, professor of electrical engineering, have proposed a relatively simple quantum computer design that uses a single atom to manipulate photons and could be constructed with currently available components.

Stanford Engineering —

How to make artificial intelligence more meta

Chelsea Finn, an expert on AI and robotics, says that the latest trend in her field is teaching AI to look inward to improve itself in this episode of The Future of Everything.

STANFORD magazine —

The measures of a man

STANFORD magazine talks to Michael Snyder, “the world’s most quantified human,” about how sensors, samples and scans could fix what ails our health care system.

Turning a climate problem into a food solution

Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, can be captured and transformed into protein-rich feed for farmed fish – an increasingly important food sector. A new analysis shows how to make the approach more cost-effective than current fish feeds.

Stanford Earth —

Sierra Nevada range should celebrate two birthdays

New research reveals that after its initial formation 100 million years ago, the Sierra Nevada “died” during volcanic eruptions that blasted lava across much of the American West 40 million to 20 million years ago. Then, tens of millions of years later, the Sierra Nevada mountain range as we know it today was “reborn.”