electronics and photonics News

Your phone may reveal more about you than you think

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

In work that could help inform policies for government surveillance and consumer data privacy, researchers show that telephone metadata can reveal a surprising amount of personal detail.

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​Stanford engineer Bradford Parkinson, the 'Father of GPS,' wins the prestigious Marconi Prize

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

​The Marconi Prize is awarded each year to recognize major advances in the communications field that benefit humanity.

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Imagine a “cool” data-storage technology that’s just a few atoms thick

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

An experimental semiconductor material could store data in a new way that minimizes the generation of heat.

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​Yi Cui: How nano materials can help improve everything from batteries to face masks

Thursday, April 28, 2016

By focusing on structures that are infinitesimally small, a prolific engineer initiates a series of very big things.

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How the shape and structure of nanoparticles affects energy storage

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A team of engineers obtain a first look inside phase-changing nanoparticles and find that their structure significantly influences performance.

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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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How could we use the tiniest specs of diamonds?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Extracting nanodiamonds from crude oil could help produce next-generation tools for imaging and communications.

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Could a new catalyst use sunlight to efficiently extract hydrogen from water?

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hydrogen powered vehicles offer a clean alternative to running cars with fossil fuels. This chemical engineering discovery brings that closer to reality.

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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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Martin Hellman: Finding the truth is more important than getting your way

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

An inventor of public key cryptography explains why listening is the key to solving problems — in one's personal life and everywhere else.

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Stanford cryptography pioneers win the ACM 2015 A.M. Turing Award

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A groundbreaking algorithm from Martin Hellman and Whitfield Diffie enabled a secure Internet.

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Can large-scale solar power storage become a reality?

Friday, February 26, 2016

An unexpected finding by a team of engineers could lead to a revolutionary change in how we produce, store and consume energy.

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Pioneering Stanford computer researcher and educator Edward McCluskey dies

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The professor emeritus who paved the way for everything from complex chips to crash-proof computers, and who trained 75 PhDs, also loved quirky hats and nature.

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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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A group of scholars look to early 20th century radio technology to help improve Internet security

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A new study shows how harnessing the quantum properties of light can create a transmission technology impervious to eavesdropping.

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New Stanford battery shuts down at high temperatures and restarts when it cools

Monday, January 11, 2016

Stanford researchers have invented a lithium-ion battery that turns on and off depending on the temperature. The new technology could prevent battery fires that have plagued laptops, hoverboards and other electronic devices.

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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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Graphene key to high-density, energy-efficient memory chips, Stanford engineers say

Friday, October 23, 2015

Only an atom thick, graphene is a key ingredient in three Stanford projects to create data storage technologies that use nanomaterials other than standard silicon.

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Stanford's GCEP awards $10.5 million for research on renewable energy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stanford scientists and an international research group receive funding to advance solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy.

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A high-resolution endoscope as thin as a human hair

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Engineers at Stanford have developed a prototype single-fiber endoscope that improves the resolution of these much-sought-after instruments fourfold over existing designs. The advance could lead to an era of needle-thin, minimally invasive endoscopes able to view features out of reach of today’s instruments.

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Peel-and-stick solar panels

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Decal-like application process allows thin, flexible solar panels to be applied to virtually any surface from business cards to roofs to window panes.

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Stanford Engineering's Shanhui Fan Receives $400,000 Award from Department of Energy

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Professor of Electrical Engineering will develop new reflective coatings to help cool buildings and cars.

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Breakthroughs in energy efficiency

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Researchers at Stanford are on the verge of a major breakthrough with carbon nanotubes.

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Touch-sensitive plastic skin heals itself

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A team of Stanford chemists and engineers has created the first synthetic material that is both sensitive to touch and capable of healing itself quickly and repeatedly at room temperature. The advance could lead to smarter prosthetics or more resilient personal electronics that repair themselves.

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Taming Mavericks: Stanford Researchers Use Synthetic Magnetism to Control Light

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Stanford researchers in physics and engineering have demonstrated a device that produces a synthetic magnetism to exert virtual force on photons similar to the effect of magnets on electrons. The advance could yield a new class of nanoscale applications that use light instead of electricity.

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