wearables
Stanford’s Eye-Tracking Glasses Automatically Focus On Whatever You’re Looking At

If you don’t already deal with a condition called presbyopia, you probably will by your mid-40s. It’s when the lenses in your eyes lose elasticity making it hard to focus on objects up close, like the words in a book. The solution is to occasionally wear reading glasses or glasses with progressive lenses that can limit your focal range. But researchers at Stanford University have come up with another solution; glasses that detect and automatically focus on whatever someone’s eyes are looking at. Read More >>

batteries
AI Is the New Secret Weapon in the Quest for Better Batteries

Compared to all the electronics that power the tiny computer in your pocket; battery technology is downright disappointing. Not only does your smartphone need charging every day, but in a few years, its battery will be barely able to hold a charge at all. So how long will your device last? Researchers at Standford University and MIT have created an AI that can predict a battery’s potential lifespan after just a handful of charges. Read More >>

science
Particle Accelerator Reveals Ancient Greek Medical Text Beneath Religious Psalms on Parchment

If you’re a history buff, you might not know much particle physics. But the two fields share more in common than you’d think. X-rays from a high-energy lab have revealed ancient Greek medical texts that had been stripped and covered with religious writing. Read More >>

design
Scientists Develop Lithium-Ion Battery That Doesn’t Burst Into Flames

Lithium-ion batteries are currently one of the biggest problems in the tech world. The ubiquitous power source has an annoying tendency to burst into flames. But researchers at Stanford University believe they may have found a solution with a built-in flame retardant that doesn’t harm the battery’s performance. Read More >>

animals
Scientists Shoot Lasers at Bird in Goggles to Unravel the Mysteries of Flight

Even when unlocking the very secrets of the universe, one must always put safety first. That’s why researchers at Stanford University 3D-printed a pair of tiny safety goggles before teaching a parrot to fly through lasers. Read More >>

robots
Watch 100 Grams of Robot Pull Nearly Two Tonnes of Car

Stanford’s μTug minibots are on a roll lately. The latest battery of experiments at Stanford University's Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab dealt with harnessing the power of ants in robot form — specifically, researchers hoped to replicate ants’ ability to work together to haul very heavy objects. Read More >>

research
Scientists Made a Battery That Could Keep Hoverboards From Exploding

Hoverboards won’t stop exploding lately, perhaps due to overheating batteries. But what if the batteries could turn off before they get all hot and flamey? That’s the idea behind recent research at Stanford, and the benefits go far beyond gimmicky gadgets looking to avoid recalls. Read More >>

computers
The Computer Chip of the Future Has a Lot In Common With Skyscrapers of 100 Years Ago

Tall buildings were the vanguards of the modern world. They completely changed how cities functioned, bringing forth totally new social and urban systems. The reasons they changed cities are surprisingly similar to the reasons they may change the way computer memory is built. Read More >>

science
These Gloves Let People Climb a Wall Like a Gecko

Geckos are, objectively, way better at climbing stuff than people. Our big sweaty meathooks are no match for the wall-scaling, optimised toe pads of a small lizard. That's why a team at California's Stanford University is busy making gloves that simulate the sticky grip of the gecko. Read More >>

google
Google’s Image Recognition Software Can Now Describe Entire Scenes

A research collaboration between Google and Stanford University is producing software that increasingly describes the entire scene portrayed in a picture, not just individual objects. Read More >>

research
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. They say it could save lives, which makes sense, because fire. Read More >>

gadgets
This Stress-Sensing Fitness Tracker Won a Top Design Award

The US 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. Read More >>

animals
This Custom Poop-Chute Dispenses Droppings for Lions to Play With

There's a lion in the San Francisco Zoo that absolutely adores rhino dung: loves smelling it; loves rolling in it. A team of Stanford students found this out during a design-build course, and you know what they did? Those undergrads developed a custom three-pronged poop-chute for the lion lair. Read More >>

science
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 have found a shortcut. Read More >>