Science & Technology

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory —

Studying the stars with machine learning

To keep up with an impending astronomical increase in data about our universe, astrophysicists turn to machine learning.

Aron Wall wins Breakthrough New Horizons Prize

Aron Wall employs concepts from across theoretical physics, from black holes to the holographic principle, in the quest to answer a fundamental question: What is spacetime?

Scientists find missing piece in glacier melt predictions

A new method for observing water within ice has revealed stored meltwater that may explain the complex flow behavior of some Greenland glaciers, an important component for predicting sea-level rise in a changing climate.

A new mechanism for how animal cells stay intact

Watching the movement of every cell in an adult animal all at once, the Prakash lab discovered ultra-fast cellular contractions. This research suggests a new role for cellular contractions in tissue cohesion, which could be the basis of a new material.

Stanford Engineering —

Can digital incentives help alleviate traffic?

Electrical engineer Balaji Prabhakar is working to reduce traffic congestion and commute times using networks that gently nudge people toward better travel habits.​