Science and Technology

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Global warming 'hiatus' never happened, Stanford scientists say

A new study reveals that the evidence for a recent pause in the rate of global warming lacks a sound statistical basis.

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Stanford researchers look to stormwater as a solution for semiarid regions

Coordinated work with local and federal agencies could provide a template for capture and reuse of stormwater in dry regions such as the American West.  

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Stanford scientists discover key mechanism in gene expression

RNA polymerase II makes life possible by expressing genes. Now, a team of Stanford biologists, chemists and applied physicists has observed it at work in real time.

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A very strong El Niño is increasing the likelihood of a wet winter during California's record drought, Stanford scientists say

But it might not be enough to end California's worst drought on record, say Earth scientists Noah Diffenbaugh and Daniel Swain.  

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Stanford scientists see how the brain makes environmental decisions

Brain scans reveal that negative emotional responses can powerfully drive decisions to protect environmental resources.

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Stanford scientists produce cancer drug from rare plant in lab to benefit human health

Stanford scientists produced a common cancer drug – previously only available from an endangered plant – in a common laboratory plant. This work could lead to a more stable supply of the drug and allow scientists to manipulate that drug to make it even safer and more effective.  

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Stanford study proves pipeline replacement programs are effective

Replacing older natural gas pipelines reduces leaks and improves consumer safety.  

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Stanford, Toyota to collaborate on AI research effort

Led by Associate Professor Fei-Fei Li, the new SAIL-Toyota Center for AI Research will focus on teaching computers to see and make critical decisions about how to interact with the world. At the outset, research will address intelligent robotics and autonomous cars.

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Ice sheets may be more resilient than thought, say Stanford scientists

Stanford study suggests that today's ice sheets may be more resilient to increased carbon dioxide levels than previously thought.

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Stanford soil sleuths solve mystery of arsenic-contaminated water

Stanford Earth scientist Scott Fendorf helped discover how trace amounts of arsenic were moving from sediments into groundwater aquifers in Southern California.  

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

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

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.  

Stanford FEED Collaborative

Stanford FEED Collaborative applies design thinking to food system

Sustainability promoted from local farms through distributors to consumers.

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Biomedical innovation takes off in India, with Stanford roots

A program that blends India's frugal mindset with Stanford's entrepreneurial atmosphere has generated low-cost solutions to high-tech medical needs.

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Stanford researchers find surprising level of tick-borne disease risk on local trails

Study reveals mysterious pathogen in higher concentrations than thought in trailside ticks in the San Francisco Bay Area.