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Leland Stanford Junior University (Stanford University or Stanford) is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic achievements, wealth, close proximity to Silicon Valley, and selectivity; it ranks as one of the world's top universities. The university was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year. Stanford was a U.S. Senator and former Governor of California who made his fortune as a railroad tycoon. The school admitted its first students on October 1, 1891, as a coeducational and non-denominational institution.

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A new approach boosts lithium-ion battery efficiency and puts out fires, too

“Adding polymers and fireproofing to a battery’s current collectors makes it lighter, safer and about 20% more efficient. Menlo Park, Calif. — In an entirely new approach to making lithium-ion batteries lighter, safer and more efficient, scientists at Stanford University …

SLAC invention could make particle accelerators 10 times smaller

“It uses terahertz radiation to power a miniscule copper accelerator structure. Particle accelerators generate high-energy beams of electrons, protons and ions for a wide range of applications, including particle colliders that shed light on nature’s subatomic components, X-ray lasers …

Sensors of world’s largest digital camera snap first 3,200-megapixel images at SLAC

“The camera will explore cosmic mysteries as part of the Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time. Crews at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have taken the first 3,200-megapixel digital photos – the largest …

Stanford physicist’s quest for the perfect keys to unlock the mysteries of superconductivity

“For decades Z-X Shen has ridden a wave of curiosity about the strange behavior of electrons that can levitate magnets. Zhi-Xun Shen vividly remembers his middle school physics teacher demonstrating the power of X-rays by removing a chunk of radioactive …

Stanford researchers devise way to see through clouds and fog

“Using a new algorithm, Stanford researchers have reconstructed the movements of individual particles of light to see through clouds, fog and other obstructions. Like a comic book come to life, researchers at Stanford University have developed a kind of X-ray …

SLAC researchers find evidence for quantum fluctuations near a quantum critical point in a superconductor

“Theory suggests that quantum critical points may be analogous to black holes as places where all sorts of strange phenomena can exist in a quantum material. Now scientists are trying to pin down where this particular quantum critical point might …

Stanford scientists slow and steer light with resonant nanoantennas

“Researchers have fashioned ultrathin silicon nanoantennas that trap and redirect light, for applications in quantum computing, LIDAR and even the detection of viruses. Light is notoriously fast. Its speed is crucial for rapid information exchange, but as light zips through …

Stanford-led team shows how to store data using 2D materials instead of silicon chips

“Researchers have invented a way to slide atomically-thin layers of 2D materials over one another to store more data, in less space and using less energy. A Stanford-led team has invented a way to store data by sliding atomically thin …

Stanford researchers one step closer toward enabling electric cars to recharge themselves wirelessly as they drive

“Engineers have demonstrated a practical way to use magnetism to transmit electricity wirelessly to recharge electric cars, robots or even drones. The technology could be scaled up to power electric cars as they drive over highways, robots on factory floors …

A new way to fine-tune exotic materials: Thin, stretch and clamp

“Turning a brittle oxide into a flexible membrane and stretching it on a tiny apparatus flipped it from a conducting to an insulating state and changed its magnetic properties. The technique can be used to study and design a broad …