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methane emissions

Promising Mobile Technologies Find Methane Leaks Quickly, Stanford/EDF Study Finds

On trucks, drones and airplanes, 10 promising technologies for finding natural gas leaks swiftly and cheaply competed in the Mobile Monitoring Challenge,...
peatland fires

Stanford Researchers Show Satellite Data Can Reveal Fire Susceptibility in Peatlands

When large areas of carbon-rich soil catch fire, the blaze emits massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere and creates a thick...
deforestation

Plants Could Remove Six Years of Carbon Dioxide Emissions – If...

The results show trees and plants could remove six years of current emissions by 2100, but only if no further deforestation occurs.
robotsvideo

Stanford Researchers Study Birds to Improve How Robots Land

Under the watchful eyes of five high-speed cameras, a small, pale-blue bird named Gary waits for the signal to fly. Diana Chin,...
lithium metal battery

New Coating Developed by Stanford Researchers Brings Lithium Metal Battery Closer...

Hope has been restored for the rechargeable lithium metal battery – a potential battery powerhouse relegated for decades to the laboratory by...
smart faucetsvideo

Stanford Researchers Find Smart Faucets Could Aid in Water Conservation

Barely hidden from his study participants, William Jou, a former graduate student in mechanical engineering at Stanford University, pulled off a ruse...
citrus greening

Stanford Researchers Create New Way of Finding Potential Treatments for Citrus...

Over the course of 40 years, biologist Sharon Long has become an expert in symbiotic bacteria that help alfalfa grow. She has published over...
electronic devices

Stanford Researchers Build a Heat Shield Just 10 Atoms Thick to...

Excess heat given off by smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices can be annoying, but beyond that it contributes to malfunctions and,...
wireless sensors

Stanford Engineers Have Developed Wireless Sensors That Stick to the Skin...

We tend to take our skin’s protective function for granted, ignoring its other roles in signaling subtleties like a fluttering heart or...
water treatment device

Researchers, Including a Stanford Epidemiologist, Prove a Simple Device Can Reduce...

It kills a child under age 5 every minute on average. Diarrheal disease, the second leading cause of death for children globally,...
quantum computers

Stanford Researchers Design a Light-Trapping, Color-Converting Crystal

Five years ago, Stanford postdoctoral scholar Momchil Minkov encountered a puzzle that he was impatient to solve. At the heart of his field of...
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Key Gene Behind Hallmark of Lou Gehrig’s Disease Identified

Inside the brains of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a debilitating neurodegenerative disease, is a telltale sign that marks almost every case:...
quantum computer

Stanford Physicists Count Sound Particles with Quantum Microphone

Stanford physicists have developed a “quantum microphone” so sensitive that it can measure individual particles of sound, called phonons.
nanoscale photon diode

Stanford Researchers Developing Technologies That Run on Light

The future of faster, more efficient information processing may come down to light rather than electricity. Mark Lawrence, a postdoctoral scholar in materials...
autofocal lenses

Stanford Develops ‘Autofocals’ – Glasses That Track Your Eyes to Focus...

Though it may not have the sting of death and taxes, presbyopia is another of life’s guarantees. This vision defect plagues most...
autonomous robots

Stanford Researchers Teach Robots What Humans Want

Told to optimize for speed while racing down a track in a computer game, a car pushes the pedal to the metal...
particles

Tiniest Particles Shrink Before Exploding When Hit With SLAC’s X-ray Laser

  Unanticipated Response to Intense Laser Light Has Broad Implications for Ultrafast X-ray Science