In the Spotlight

Autonomous DeLorean drives sideways to move forward

Engineers in Stanford’s Dynamic Design Lab are teaching a driverless DeLorean to steer with the agility and precision of a human driver with a goal of improving how autonomous cars handle in hazardous conditions.

Makerspaces at Stanford

Dozens of spaces at Stanford help students and faculty – and, in some cases, staff and community members – explore their inner maker while also supporting those who are experienced creators.

Life-changing first glimpse of a laser

Physicist Robert Byer worked on lasers when they were still just an interesting technology, never imagining their myriad modern uses or how they would affect his life.

A class of its own

Immersive, enlightening – and sometimes unorthodox – courses help fulfill Stanford’s founding mission.

Seeking solutions to climate change

Stanford faculty study the causes and effects of climate change, and investigate new ways of reducing carbon emissions through green energy technologies and policy decisions.

What it’s like to be a chemist

Laura Dassama and her fellow Stanford chemists talk about their paths into the field, the joys of making new molecules and the way in which the “central science” pervades our lives.

Understanding ourselves and our past

Stanford humanities scholars are probing ancient questions through modern and traditional methods to figure out how and why history unfolded the way it did and what makes us human.

Back to school

With a new school year ahead, Stanford research shows how students, teachers and parents can better understand what leads to – or in some instances, undermines – a student's success.

What it’s like to be a neuroscientist

Neuroscientist Miriam Goodman and four members of her lab talk about their paths to neuroscience, the kind of failure that is essential to science, and the hopes and joys that keep them coming back for more.