Category Archives: Technology

Curiosity on Campus: Stanford Robotics Club’s Mission to Create a Mars Rover

“The time has come to go to Mars,” proclaims The Mars Society’s website, referring to the exploration and settlement of Mars as “the greatest cause of our generation.”[1] While humans on Mars may sound like a shocking prospect from science fiction, exploration of Mars has been a goal of 49 space missions over the last 58 years, many of which

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DNA Synthesis in Space

Space is modern science’s largest laboratory, and the record of innovations and breakthroughs that have been made in space or through programs focused on space is incredible.  Technological development and scientific research have benefited immensely from out-of-this-world discoveries, but biology has a significant drawback compared to most disciplines. Synthesizing DNA, a molecule crucial to the existence of all organisms, is

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Gravitational Waves: Feeling Ripples in Spacetime

Before the dawn of civilization, two giants spun. Floating out in the void of space, two black holes circled each other. With every rotation, they came ever so slightly closer. And finally, in an instant, they collided. In an event of unimaginable power, two black holes became one with a universe-shaking blast. And over a billion years later, humanity heard

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Stanford’s CCRMA: The Forefront of Sound and Science

    A high caliber research university like Stanford makes millions of dollars in royalties each year—all coming from companies and technologies developed there. You may think this money all comes from biomedical discoveries, Google, or other tech startups. However, one of Stanford’s most lucrative inventions actually came from research in music and sound. If you’ve listened to any music

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Advances in the Computational Sciences

Help the military test new weaponry. Search for new particles of matter. Find better approximations for Schrodinger’s Equation. With the rapid advances in the computational sciences, a relatively new field that uses advanced computing abilities and data analysis to solve complicated problems, many previously unimaginable computational applications are becoming possible. Researchers for and officials in the military need to computationally

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MARTY MCDRIVE: STANFORD’S SELF DRIFTING DELOREAN

An electric engine whirrs to life as tires screech across the asphalt and the smell of burnt rubber permeates the air. A man sits inside this beast, this mechanical masterpiece, this accomplishment of automotive innovation with no hands on the wheel and feet off the pedals. Its name: MARTY, Stanford’s self drifting DeLorean. Clearly inspired by the time traveling car

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Rose-Bots: Fusing Plants and Electronics

Perhaps a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but a rose equipped with an electronic circuit may provide much more than a sweet smell. At least, that’s what Magnus Berggren, a professor at Linköping University in Sweden, believes. In an unprecedented move, Berggren’s team of researchers, working at the university’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics, has created electronic

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