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Autonomous cars could peep around corners via bouncing laser

Autonomous cars gather up tons of data about the world around them, but even the best computer vision systems can't see through brick and mortar. But by carefully monitoring the reflected light of a l

Ultrasound could waken a sleeping smart home

The home of the future, we are assured, will be swarming with tiny sensors: security cameras, carbon monoxide detectors, speakers and everything else. Few need to be running all the time — but how d

How Reggie Brown invented Snapchat

Why sexting and a Stanford class led a group of former fraternity brothers to create Snapchat.

Boeing HorizonX invests in Berkeley aerospace battery tech startup

Boeing’s HorizonX is the aerospace company’s vehicle for making investments in promising next-generation startups and technology, and it just placed its latest bet: funding in Cuberg, a Be

Meet top startups from Alchemist Class 17

Yesterday Alchemist Accelerator, best known for working with enterprise startups, held its 17th demo day at the SRI International in Menlo Park, California. Twenty-four startups pitched ideas ranging

Historian Leslie Berlin talks about the rise of Silicon Valley

In this week’s episode of Technotopia I spoke to author and historian Leslie Berlin, writer of Troublemakers: Silicon Valleys’ Coming Of Age. Berlin is the Project Historian for the Silico

Form an orderly queue! Google wants your blood (and other bodily fluids). Oh and your medical records

Alphabet's (Google's) life sciences division Verily has launched its public pitch for a massive, multi-year health study it's leading, along with Duke University School of Medicine, Stanford Medicine

High-speed camera rig captures 3D images of birds’ wings in flight

You don't have to be an ornithologist to know that birds are pretty good at flying. But while we know how they do it in general, the millimeter- and microsecond-level details are difficult to pin down

Incubating innovation

Stanford University is regularly credited for playing a key role in the economic and technological success story that is Silicon Valley. So what should universities elsewhere be doing to emulate that

This 20-cent whirligig toy can replace a $1,000 medical centrifuge

Centrifuges are found in medical labs worldwide. But a good one could run you a couple grand and, of course, requires electricity — neither of which are things you're likely to find in a rural clini

Stanford’s ‘Jackrabbot’ robot will attempt to learn the arcane and unspoken rules of pedestrians

It's hard enough for a grown human to figure out how to navigate a crowd sometimes — so what chance does a clumsy and naive robot have? To prevent future collisions and awkward "do I go left or righ

Encryption pioneer Martin Hellman talks security, Apple, the FBI and the future of cryptography

Martin Hellman, Stanford Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, was one of those awarded this year's Turing Award by the Association for Computing Machinery. Named for computer science pioneer

Announcing The Judges For The NFL And TechCrunch 1ST And Future Pitch-Off

In case you missed it, the NFL, TechCrunch and Stanford GSB have teamed up to create 1ST and Future, a pitch-off competition featuring startups in three categories, Stadium of the Future, Bringing Ho

The Deadline To Apply For The NFL’s 1st And Future Is Coming Up Fast

So you may have heard that the NFL, Stanford University, and TechCrunch are teaming up to stage an epic pitch-off competition on Feb. 6 called 1st and Future. There are three themes — the Futur

Stanford Partners With Life Sciences Marketplace Quartzy For Campus Lab Supplies

Quartzy is a lab supplies marketplace often used among life scientists at various universities, but particularly at Stanford. The academic institution made that relationship official today. Quartzy wi

The Interdependency Of Stanford And Silicon Valley

There was a time when Stanford University was considered a second-rate engineering school. It was the early 1940s, and the Department of Defense was pressed to assemble a top-secret team to understand

Stanford Asks Students To Learn From Snapchat Founder’s Mistakes. We All Should.

Following the leak of sexist, crude emails sent by Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel during his time at Stanford, the university's Provost John Etchemendy has issued a memo to students imploring them to "lear

Stanford University Is Going To Invest In Student Startups Like A VC Firm

Stanford University is going to start directly investing in students’ companies. Stanford is also giving a $3.6 million grant to StartX, a non-profit startup accelerator for Stanford-affiliated entr

Stanford University Is Investigating An Apparent Security Breach, Urges Community To Reset Passwords

Stanford University urged network users to change their passwords late Wednesday evening, explaining that it "is investigating an apparent breach of its information technology infrastructure." Rand

Mayor Bloomberg Tells Stanford Graduates To Go To NYC For Tech

No other university in the world has so profoundly shaped our modern age," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today in his commencement speech at Stanford University. Bloomberg's speech was re
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