Science & Technology

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Precourt Institute for Energy —

Scientists turn methane into methanol at room temperature

The discovery may be an important step toward a methanol fuel economy with abundant methane as the feedstock. Rich in hydrogen, methanol can drive new-age fuel cells that could yield significant environmental benefits.

Stanford HAI —

Why AI struggles to recognize toxic speech on social media

A team of human-computer interaction and AI researchers at Stanford sheds new light on why automated speech police can score highly accurately on technical tests, yet provoke a lot of dissatisfaction from humans with their decisions.

Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences —

Q&A: Disability in the geosciences

As part of a series celebrating and discussing identity, four Stanford Earth community members talk about how disability, neurodivergence and chronic illness have informed and impacted their careers.

An accurate wearable calorie burn counter

A system made with two inexpensive sensors proves to be more accurate than smartwatches for measuring calories burned during activity – and the instructions for making the system yourself are available for free online.

Economic impacts of combating sea-level rise

By 2100, sea levels are expected to rise by almost seven feet in the Bay Area. New research shows how traditional approaches to combating sea-level rise can create a domino effect of environmental and economic impacts for nearby communities.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory —

SLAC hosts Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm for a virtual visit

She toured the lab’s powerful X-ray laser, looked at the construction of the world’s largest digital camera and discussed climate research, industries of the future, and diversity, equity and inclusion in the sciences.