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Stanford-Led Team Shows How to Store Data Using 2D Materials Instead of Silicon Chips
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Stanford-Led Team Shows How to Store Data Using 2D Materials Instead of Silicon Chips

Researchers led a project to store data by sliding two-dimensional metal layers over each another, which could increase data density with greater energy efficiency...

Stanford Engineers Create Shape-Changing, Free-Roaming Soft Robot
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Stanford Engineers Create Shape-Changing, Free-Roaming Soft Robot

Researchers have developed a human-scale soft robot that can reconfigure its shape to grasp and handle objects.

Machine Learning Method From Stanford, with Toyota Researchers, Could Supercharge Battery Development for Electric Vehicles
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Machine Learning Method From Stanford, with Toyota Researchers, Could Supercharge Battery Development for Electric Vehicles

Researchers have developed a machine learning technique that reduces battery testing times by 98%—a step toward longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric...

Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find
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Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find

A research study did not uncover any apparent political bias in the algorithm of the Google search engine.

Stanford Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners
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Stanford Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners

Stanford University researchers have developed a camera system that can reassemble scenes and detect moving objects hidden around corners, by analyzing the reflections...

Stanford Develops 'Autofocals'--Glasses that Track Your Eyes to Focus on What You See
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Stanford Develops 'Autofocals'--Glasses that Track Your Eyes to Focus on What You See

New prototype glasses automatically restore proper vision to people who ordinarily would need multifocal progressive lenses.

Stanford-Led Engineering Team ­nveils Prototype for Computer-on-a-Chip
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Stanford-Led Engineering Team ­nveils Prototype for Computer-on-a-Chip

A Stanford University-led engineering team has developed a energy-efficient prototype computer-on-a-chip.

Stanford Develops an Electronic Glove That Gives Robots a Sense of Touch
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Stanford Develops an Electronic Glove That Gives Robots a Sense of Touch

Stanford University researchers have developed an electronic glove equipped with sensors that could give robotic hands human dexterity.

Stanford Researchers Develop New Data Privacy Technique
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Stanford Researchers Develop New Data Privacy Technique

A new system for aggregating data usage reports emphasizes maintaining personal privacy.

Stanford Engineers Create New AI Camera for Faster, More Efficient Image Classification
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Stanford Engineers Create New AI Camera for Faster, More Efficient Image Classification

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence camera system that classifies images faster and more efficiently.

Stanford Researchers Investigate Behavior in Quantum Systems With a Toy-Inspired Technique
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Stanford Researchers Investigate Behavior in Quantum Systems With a Toy-Inspired Technique

Stanford University scientists have created a quantum version of Newton's cradle to study the emergence of quantum chaos and thermal equilibrium.

Andrea Goldsmith Receives ACM Athena Lecturer Award
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Andrea Goldsmith Receives ACM Athena Lecturer Award

Stanford University professor Andrea Goldsmith has received the ACM Athena Lecturer Award.

Stanford Researchers Develop Technique to See Objects Hidden Around Corners
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Stanford Researchers Develop Technique to See Objects Hidden Around Corners

Stanford University researchers have developed laser-based imaging technology that can produce images of objects hidden from view around corners.

Stanford-Led Artificial Intelligence Index Tracks Emerging Field
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Stanford-Led Artificial Intelligence Index Tracks Emerging Field

A Stanford University-led team has launched the AI Index, the first index to track the state of artificial intelligence.

Algorithms Can Determine a Neighborhood's Political Leanings By Its Cars
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Algorithms Can Determine a Neighborhood's Political Leanings By Its Cars

Researchers at Stanford University have developed algorithms that can determine where a neighborhood's political allegiances lie by analyzing the cars on its streets...

Stanford Algorithm Can Diagnose Pneumonia Better Than Radiologists
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Stanford Algorithm Can Diagnose Pneumonia Better Than Radiologists

A new deep-learning algorithm that evaluates chest x-rays for signs of disease and can outperform radiologists at diagnosing pneumonia.

Stanford Researchers Seek Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Worldwide Mosquito Tracking
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Stanford Researchers Seek Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Worldwide Mosquito Tracking

Researchers are seeking citizen scientists to contribute to a mosquito-monitoring platform.

The Benefits and Risks of Using Talking Software to Address Mental Health
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The Benefits and Risks of Using Talking Software to Address Mental Health

Stanford University scholars Adam Miner, Arnold Milstein, and Jeff Hancock discuss the growing use of conversational software programs as a tool in mental health...

Stanford Bioengineers Encourage Virtual Competitors to Vie For a Different Kind of Athletic Title
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Stanford Bioengineers Encourage Virtual Competitors to Vie For a Different Kind of Athletic Title

Researchers have built precise models of how individual muscles and limbs move in response to neural control signals, and organized a contest to develop models...

New Camera Designed By Stanford Researchers Could Improve Robot Vision and Virtual Reality
From ACM TechNews

New Camera Designed By Stanford Researchers Could Improve Robot Vision and Virtual Reality

A new four-dimensional camera captures almost 140 degrees of information, with implications for robot visual perception and virtual reality.
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