News & Updates

Most sensors designed to measure head impacts in sports produce inaccurate data, Stanford bioengineers find

Monday, August 31, 2015

As scientists zero in on the skull motions that can cause concussions, David Camarillo's lab has found that many commercially available sensors worn by athletes to gather this data are prone to significant error.

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Stanford engineers find secret to steady drone cameras in swan necks

Friday, August 28, 2015

By solving how whooper swans keep their heads steady during flapping flight, Stanford engineers have developed a camera suspension system that could allow drones to produce crisper video images.

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Stanford engineers develop a wireless, fully implantable device to stimulate nerves in mice

Monday, August 17, 2015

A blue glowing device the size of a peppercorn can activate neurons of the brain, spinal cord or limbs in mice and is powered wirelessly using the mouse's own body to transfer energy. Developed by a Stanford Bio-X team, the device is the first to deliver optogenetic nerve stimulation in a fully implantable format.

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Microscopic Rake Doubles Efficiency of Low-cost Solar Cells

Monday, August 17, 2015

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford engineers have developed a manufacturing technique that could help make polymer solar cells an economically attractive alternative to those made with much more expensive silicon-crystal wafers.

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Stanford researchers genetically engineer yeast to produce opioids

Thursday, August 13, 2015

It typically takes a year to produce hydrocodone from plants, but Christina Smolke and colleagues have genetically modified yeast to make it in just a few days. The technique could improve access to medicines in impoverished nations, and later be used to develop treatments for other diseases.

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Stanford researchers unveil virtual reality headset that reduces eye fatigue, nausea

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Assistant Professor Gordon Wetzstein's new Stanford Computational Imaging Group has developed a light-field stereoscope that creates a dramatically more natural virtual reality experience than what is present in today's leading headsets.

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Stanford team's brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing

Friday, July 31, 2015

Years of work have yielded a technique that continuously corrects brain readings to give people with spinal cord injuries a more precise way to tap out commands by using a thought-controlled cursor. A pilot clinical trial for human use is underway.

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Antony Jameson joins Orville Wright and other aerial pioneers by winning Guggenheim Medal

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Professor of aeronautics and astronautics earns the field’s highest honor for developing the algorithms that designers use to optimize aerodynamic performance; it is Jameson’s third major honor in what has been an extraordinary year for this Stanford aeronautics expert.

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Stanford Engineering students and researchers win grants to commercialize energy inventions

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Building on the success of its first year, the Innovation Transfer Program at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is financially supporting 11 new teams composed mostly of Stanford students and recent graduates trying to put university research to work.

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Stanford's Christopher Manning and a Columbia colleague discuss talking, thinking machines

Monday, July 20, 2015

Computer scientists talk about problems and advances in natural language processing.

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Stanford research suggests football helmet tests may not account for concussion-prone actions

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mounting evidence suggests that concussions in football are caused by the sudden rotation of the skull. David Camarillo's lab at Stanford has evidence that suggests current football helmet tests don't account for these movements.

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New fuel-cell materials could pave the way for practical hydrogen-powered cars

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Associate Professor Yi Cui's team has developed a stable cobalt-nickel-iron oxide catalyst that splits water continuously for more than 100 hours.

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Subhasish Mitra Receives Semiconductor Research Corporation Technical Excellence Award

Monday, July 13, 2015

Professor of electrical engineering and computer science honored for work on Quick Error Detection technology.

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Four engineering faculty members' projects receive grants to tackle major environmental challenges

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment jump-starts interdisciplinary projects around the world.

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Stanford d.school's Bernie Roth recommends a bias toward action

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

In his new book, Roth says he believes that people can lead more fulfilling lives by actually doing things, instead of merely trying to do things.

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Stanford Invention Hall of Fame welcomes six new technologies and honors 27 new prolific inventors

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Each new technology has earned more than $5 million in royalties for Stanford. The 27 new prolific inventors, including several engineers, have invented at least seven technologies that have generated over $500,000.

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Stanford high-speed video reveals how lovebirds keep a clear line of sight during acrobatic flight

Monday, July 6, 2015

Lovebirds turn their heads at record speeds to maneuver through densely crowded airspace. Stanford Engineering's David Lentink says this strategy could be applied to drone cameras to improve visual systems.

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Stanford engineering students teach autonomous cars to avoid obstacles

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The best way to survive a car accident is to avoid collisions in the first place. Professor Chris Gerdes' engineering students are developing algorithms and pop-up obstacles that could lead to safe autonomous driving.

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Stanford researchers stretch a thin crystal to get better solar cells

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Crystalline semiconductors such as silicon can catch photons and convert their energy into electron flows. New research shows that a little stretching could give one of silicon's lesser-known cousins its own place in the sun.

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Stanford Engineering Hero Charles Simonyi talks about creating first WYSIWYG software, space travel and challenges of making a profit

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Computer Science alum shares stories about working with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, and his two flights to the International Space Station.

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Single-catalyst water splitter from Stanford produces clean-burning hydrogen 24/7

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Stanford scientists have developed a cheap and efficient way to extract clean-burning hydrogen fuel from water 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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2015 Maurice Wilkes Award presented to Christos Kozyrakis

Monday, June 22, 2015

Associate professor of electrical engineering honored for outstanding contributions to transactional memory technologies.

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Stanford collaboration with General Motors recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education

Monday, June 22, 2015

Excellence in Engineering Education Collaboration Award recognizes joint development of course that helps GM engineers improve products, processes and services.

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PhD candidates Jayant Charthad and Steven Bell receive 2015 Centennial Teaching Assistant Award

Friday, June 19, 2015

Electrical engineering students honored for outstanding teaching among TA's in the schools of humanities and sciences, earth sciences, and engineering.

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Stanford engineers find a simple yet clever way to boost chip speeds

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Inside each chip are millions of tiny wires to transport data; wrapping them in a protective layer of graphene could boost speeds by 30 percent.

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