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vertical wind turbines
Friday, January 13, 2017
Today’s wind farms use large turbines spread far apart. Stanford professor John Dabiri thinks birds can teach us something about using smaller wind turbines that work together to capture energy from the wind. “Groups of animals have this whole-is-greater-than-the-parts effect where animals in front...
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
The protective goggles are tight, the chin strap secure. Conditions are calm and the lasers are ready; the air is infused with tiny aerosol particles that are primed to scatter and track at the slightest disruption. Wait for the signal. The researcher points. The bird flies! It’s just another day...
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
There you are, cruising down the freeway, listening to some tunes and enjoying the view as your autonomous car zips and swerves through traffic. Then the fun ends and it becomes time take over the wheel. How smooth is that transition going to be? Twenty-two drivers put that question to a test – on...
Friday, October 28, 2016
Our small intestine, among other organs, is malleable; it changes in size depending on how much we are eating. The question has been how the body regulates that growth. To find out, an engineer and a biologist are using a balloon-like micro-device to answer that question in fruit flies. They hope...
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Scientific discoveries often arise from noticing the unexpected. Such was the case when Stanford researchers, studying a tiny device that has become increasingly important in disease diagnostics and drug discovery, observed the surprising way it funneled thousands of water droplets into an orderly...
brain illustration
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
A team of researchers has moved a step closer to helping surgeons more safely perform a life-saving procedure for victims of brain trauma. While surgeons have long performed an operation called a decompressive craniectomy – cutting a hole in the skull to give the swelling brain space to expand –...
illustration of Martin Fisher, Reed Hastings and Perry McCarty
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Engineers are pragmatists and problem solvers who tend to focus on outcomes and solutions, so much so that their accomplishments are often overlooked. Honoring these under-appreciated specialists is one of the reasons for the Stanford Engineering Heroes program. “Today, we are privileged to add...
Monday, June 6, 2016
According to Arun Majumdar, co-director of Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy and vice chair of the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s advisory board, what could “change the ball game” from our reliance on fossil fuels is to turn CO2 into oil at a cost of $2/gallon. This is extremely challenging. “A...
air turbine
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Fighter pilots call it the “sound of freedom” – the loud, thundering growl of a jet engine as a plane accelerates. To the pilots, that sound is an affirmation that their planes will have plenty of power to outmaneuver any enemy. To most average folks, however, that sound is sheer noise, loud and...
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
In order for robots to circulate on sidewalks and mingle with humans in other crowded places, they’ll have to understand the unwritten rules of pedestrian behavior. Stanford researchers have created a short, non-humanoid prototype of just such a moving, self-navigating machine.

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