Mechanical Engineering News

Studying a 'Silly Putty' protein could spur efforts to repair damaged human tissues

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New insights into collagen, the stretchy protein that provides a stiff cushion for cells, aids our understanding of regenerative medicine.

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​The maiden voyage of a humanoid robotic diver recovers treasures from King Louis XIV’s wrecked flagship

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Powered by artificial intelligence and haptic feedback systems, the robot OceanOne gives human pilots an unprecedented ability to explore the ocean depths. ​

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A one-of-a-kind wind tunnel for birds paves the way for better drones

Friday, April 22, 2016

An engineer explores how the magic of bird flight can be applied to building better aerial robots.

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​Zhenan Bao: On a quest to develop artificial skin

Friday, April 22, 2016

A team of engineers explore how a new kind of wearable electronics could restore sensation to people with prosthetic limbs.

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​John Hennessy: Great leadership can be learned

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stanford University President John Hennessy offers his take on important leadership qualities, Silicon Valley, and the future of higher education.​

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Meet the Makers

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

In the Stanford Product Realization Lab, students get back in touch with the process of making and building things.

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Ford Motor Company CEO: To innovate, one must challenge customs and question traditions

Friday, March 18, 2016

Mark Fields discusses the evolution of the auto industry, and how the business he leads is moving from an auto company to an auto and mobility company.

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Musical training gives Stanford engineers a creative lift

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A fellowship offered jointly by the School of Engineering and the Friends of Music at Stanford provides music lessons to engineering students.

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Lessons in leadership from a 92-year-old product designer

Monday, March 7, 2016

Barbara Beskind discusses the importance of observing, listening, trusting, and learning from mistakes

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Manu Prakash: "You suddenly stumble upon completely new and creative solutions"

Friday, March 4, 2016

Stanford bioengineers explore the inner workings of a novel mode of insect flight.

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On the road to a safer driving experience

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

By testing the physical limits of speeding cars, a group of engineers hope to develop safer autonomous driving systems.

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What if we could shape ideas the way a sculptor molds clay?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

An engineer designs computers that let us think with our hands.

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Meet "Hedgehog": Your tour guide to asteroids, comets and other things that whirl around the solar system

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A team of engineers builds a cube-like rover for exploration in some of the most extreme conditions in space.

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Stanford researchers develop microscope that allows first-ever look at live muscle units in action

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The basic process of force-generation in muscle has been known for decades, but until now no one has ever seen it work at a microscopic level in a living human. The new microscope could provide unique insights into treating muscular degenerative diseases.

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Stanford team develops software to predict and prevent drone collisions

Friday, December 11, 2015

How do we prevent collisions when thousands of drones are flying in congested areas? A software-enabled system could play the role of an autonomous air traffic manager for unmanned flights.

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Stanford-led skyscraper-style chip design could boost electronic performance by factor of a thousand

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

In modern computer systems, processor and memory chips are laid out like single-story structures in a suburb. But suburban layouts waste time and energy. A new skyscraper-like design, based on materials more advanced than silicon, provides the next computing platform.

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Stanford engineers among recipients of Precourt Institute and TomKat Center $2.1 million grants

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Grants will fund groundbreaking energy research

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Plasma experiments bring astrophysics down to Earth

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New laboratory technique allows researchers to replicate on a tiny scale the swirling clouds of ionized gases that power the sun, to further our understanding of fusion energy, solar flares and other cosmic phenomena.

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Atom-sized craters make a catalyst much more active

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SLAC, Stanford Engineering discovery could speed important chemical reactions, such as making hydrogen fuel

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Introducing MARTY, Stanford's self-driving, electric, drifting DeLorean

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Stanford engineers built an autonomous DeLorean capable of stable, precise drifting at large angles in order to study how cars perform in extreme situations, which could ultimately guide the development of autonomous safety protocols.

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Tension helps heart cells develop normally in the lab, according to Stanford engineers

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Researchers have long been able to prod stem cells into forming heart-like beating clumps in the lab, but those cells don't behave like normal heart cells. Getting them to mimic normal adult cells – a critical step for eventually using them to test drugs – requires tension and a specific shape.

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Arun Majumdar named co-director of Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Arun Majumdar, a professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, will serve as co-director of the university's Precourt Institute for Energy. He will serve with the current director, Sally M. Benson, professor of energy resources engineering.

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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 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 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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