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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.

New Stanford animation simulator focuses on finding interesting outcomes

“Simulators can jumpstart the work of animation, but often return an overwhelming array of options for the animator to sort through. A new browser refines those options to a more manageable number. Computer-based animators who are tasked with bringing to …

An engineer uses an ancient art to solve a very modern problem

“Stanford aerospace engineer Manan Arya shows how origami can help allow enormous spacecraft structures to fit into rockets a fraction of their size. If you’ve ever made an origami paper crane, using folds and creases to transform a square …

SLAC’s superconducting X-ray laser reaches operating temperature colder than outer space

“The facility, LCLS-II, will soon sharpen our view of how nature works on ultrasmall, ultrafast scales, impacting everything from quantum devices to clean energy. Nestled 30 feet underground in Menlo Park, California, a half-mile-long stretch of tunnel is now …

Stanford scientist models landscape formation on Titan, revealing an Earth-like alien world

“A new hypothesis reveals that a global sedimentary cycle driven by seasons could explain the formation of landscapes on Saturn’s moon Titan. The research shows the alien world may be more Earth-like than previously thought. Saturn’s moon Titan …

New hardware created by Stanford team shows a way to develop delicate quantum technologies based on tiny mechanical devices

“By bringing the benefits of mechanical devices into the quantum realm, Stanford researchers aim to create advanced computing and sensing devices. Stanford University researchers have developed a key experimental device for future quantum physics-based technologies that borrows a page from …

Stanford engineers develop new kind of 3D printing

“Engineers at Stanford and Harvard have laid the groundwork for a new system for 3D printing that doesn’t require that an object be printed from the bottom up. While 3D printing techniques have advanced significantly in the last decade …

Stanford researchers showcase a new level of control over how atoms interact

“A new study demonstrates – for the first time – how to versatilely program atoms to share information regardless of their spatial location, opening paths forward in fundamental physics and advanced computing. In a new study, Stanford researchers demonstrate how to manipulate …

Stanford scientists combine AI and atomic-scale images in pursuit of better batteries

“Using artificial intelligence to analyze vast amounts of data in atomic-scale images, Stanford researchers answered long-standing questions about an emerging type of rechargeable battery posing competition to lithium-ion chemistry. Today’s rechargeable batteries are a wonder, but far from perfect …

Stanford engineers create a catalyst that can turn carbon dioxide into gasoline 1,000 times more efficiently

“Captured CO2 can be turned into carbon-neutral fuels, but technological advances are needed. In new research, a new catalyst increased the production of long-chain hydrocarbons in chemical reactions by some 1,000 times over existing methods. Engineers working to reverse …

Study raises new possibilities for triggering room-temperature superconductivity with light

“Scientists discover that triggering superconductivity with a flash of light involves the same fundamental physics that are at work in the more stable states needed for devices, opening a new path toward producing room-temperature superconductivity. Much like people can learn …