How to make ethanol without corn or other plants

Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol production from corn and other crops, say the scientists. Their results are published in the April 9 advanced online edition of the journal Nature.

Are more wind turbines the answer?

A new study appears to back up the idea that building more wind power in order to meet peak demand – even if the turbines sometimes produce more energy than the grid needs – could be a better strategy than spending resources on trying to store the energy in batteries.

Stanford scientists break record for thinnest light-absorber

Nanosize structure is a thousand times thinner than an ordinary sheet of paper. A highly desirable solution that can change the dynamics of solar cell design.  

Organic food 'no healthier'

Organic food isn't noticeably better for people's health, according to a meta-analysis of past studies carried out by Stanford University scientists.

Stanford University researchers create first virtual organism

A team of Stanford University researchers has managed to create the world's first complete computer model of an organism.

Subterranean search for neutrino properties yields first results

A team of international scientists studying neutrinos have determined enigmatic neutrinos behave like other elementary particles at the quantum level. 

Step towards transparent gadgets - now, where did I put my phone?

Stanford University scientist Yi Cui says he wants a see-through iPhone - and he's done his bit to help create one by developing a transparent battery.

This battery is powered by water

Batteries are often thought of as energy storage devices because that is how we use them on a day to day basis. 

Google prepares to deploy high speed fiber networks

Google plans to build an ultra-high speed, fiber-based broadband network on California's Stanford University campus. Internet speeds are expected to hit a blazing 1 gigabit per second - more than 100 times faster than what most people have access to today.

Nano-filter could cut cost of clean drinking water

A Stanford University team has developed a new water purifier based on nanomaterials that could cut costs for clean drinking water dramatically.

US should prepare for many more heatwaves, says government-funded report

Heat waves like the one now roasting the Eastern Seaboard are likely to become commonplace over the next 30 years, say scientists at Stanford University - even if global temperatures rise by only one degree Celcius.   

Personal genetic medicine comes a step closer

A Stanford University professor has sequenced his entire genome in just two weeks, and for a cost of less than $50,000.