Your Phone's Battery Use Lets Spies Track Your Movements

Spies and cops can use your smartphone to track your movements. That's no mystery—most smartphones come with a GPS chip that makes it pretty damned simple. So if you don't want to be tracked, you just turn off the GPS feature, right? Unfortunately, there is another way prying eyes can follow your movements:… »2/20/15 11:10am2/20/15 11:10am

This Was the Very First Website In the US

Stanford's Linear Accelerator Laboratory operates the longest particle accelerator of its kind—it's produced groundbreaking work in particle physics over the decades, as well as several Nobel prizes. But surprisingly, it also played a major role in the early web: By hosting the first web site in the US. It wasn't much… »11/01/14 1:00pm11/01/14 1:00pm

Finally, a Lithium Battery That Warns You Before It Bursts Into Flames

Lithium ion batteries are wonderful things, but they're unfortunately given to short circuiting and bursting into flames every now and then. It's extraordinarily rare, but it happens. A Stanford research team thinks they've solved this little big problem by building an early warning system into an existing battery.… »10/13/14 11:46am10/13/14 11:46am

This Stress-Sensing Fitness Tracker Won the Nation's Top Design Award

The National Design Awards were last night in New York, where 20 products were vying to be named the country's best. The winner, chosen by public voting, was a fitness tracker called Spire, which claims to keep tabs on your overall well-being by measuring heart rate and breathing patterns to monitor stress. »10/10/14 4:24pm10/10/14 4:24pm

As part of the inaugural Global Space Balloon Challenge, a group of Stanford students took this phot

As part of the inaugural Global Space Balloon Challenge, a group of Stanford students took this photo from just above the Earth using two high altitude balloons. With one of them perched slightly above the other, you can see the balloon braving the flight as the other captures this breathtaking view over California. [… »4/24/14 6:20pm4/24/14 6:20pm

Researchers Found a New, Easy Way to Turn Graphite Into Diamond

Since graphite—the dark material used in regular old pencils—and diamonds are both made from carbon, it's technically feasible to turn the former into the latter. You just need to apply a little pressure—about 150,000 times what the atmosphere on Earth's surface is like. But researchers at Stanford University claim to… »4/04/14 9:40am4/04/14 9:40am

Q&A with an Astrophysicist from Stanford's Particle Accelerator

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of those places that makes magic. Originally named the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, this facility is where many modern discoveries about how matter works were made. Six researchers have earned Nobel prizes for their work at SLAC. It's also where the first website… »3/04/14 1:30pm3/04/14 1:30pm

Ford is teaming up with the brainy folks at MIT and Stanford University to work on self-driving cars

Ford is teaming up with the brainy folks at MIT and Stanford University to work on self-driving cars. MIT will focus on technology that anticipates movement by pedestrians and other vehicles, while Stanford will work on sensors that let autonomous vehicles see around obstacles. [Ford via PhysOrg] »1/22/14 11:57am1/22/14 11:57am

Tomorrow's Rechargeable Batteries Might Never Wear Out

The problem with lithium ion batteries is that the more discharge cycles you put them through, the less efficient the negative electrode becomes at holding electrons. This just won't do in our mobile future, so researchers at Stanford University have developed a battery that actually heals itself. It's nearly alive. »11/17/13 1:00pm11/17/13 1:00pm

The NSA Hated Civilian Encrypted Data Way Back in the 1970s

In the 1970s, civilian researchers at places like IBM, Stanford and MIT were developing encryption to ensure that digital data sent between businesses, academics and private citizens couldn't be intercepted and understood by a third party. This concerned folks in the U.S. intelligence community who didn't want to get… »7/24/13 3:01pm7/24/13 3:01pm

When Every Student Realizes They Can Reply All and Spam Every Other Student It's Fun for Everyone

When you connect a bunch of young college kids together on the Internet, any meeting eventually devolves into a crying mess of memes, Internet hall of fame pictures and a whole lot of trolling. So when students in Stanford's computer science program realized that e-mailing one address would contact EVERY student,… »2/13/13 1:00am2/13/13 1:00am