Researchers anticipate rise of some mosquito-borne diseases

All mosquitoes are not created equal. Different species of the flying pest thrive at various temperature ranges and transmit different diseases. From this starting point, a Stanford-led paper for the first time predicts how, when and where in Sub-Saharan Africa malaria will ebb and other mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever, will rise dramatically. The article, published […]

To solve climate change, we must deal with heat

Solar and wind power are an important part of solving the problem of climate change, but these renewable technologies on their own probably will never provide the energy for many industrial processes, like making steel. Approximately 90 percent of the world’s energy use involves generation or manipulation of heat, including the cooling of buildings and […]

Loss of land-based vertebrates is accelerating

In 2015, Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich co-authored a study declaring the world’s sixth mass extinction was underway. Five years later, Ehrlich and colleagues at other institutions have a grim update: the extinction rate is likely much higher than previously thought and is eroding nature’s ability to provide vital services to people. Lindsay Filgas & Rob Jordan Analysis of thousands […]

Creative, but scientifically rigorous, COVID-19 solutions

An origami microscope, a 20-cent centrifuge, and an app for tracking and identifying mosquitoes. These are just a few of the many imaginative inventions that have resulted from the curiosity-driven – and often frugal – work of Manu Prakash, associate professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, and his lab. With their penchant for turning whimsical ideas into […]