Sony, Stanford distributed computing projects ends Oct 23
The partnership between Sony and Stanford University on the Folding@home distributed computing project will come to a close at the end of the month after five years. The project utilized the ‘idle’ hours on a PlayStation 3 that were donated by a user in order to harness the considerable power of the Cell processor and the console’s GPU. This helped Stanford’s researchers to crunch through reams of data to advance medical knowledge in the areas of Alzeimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and cancer.
Graduated with MBA from school of business in 1991
Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple CEO Steve Jobs and chair of the Emerson Collective as well as president of the board of College Track , has been elected to the Board of Trustees for Stanford University. Powell Jobs has been a strong advocate for education reform throughout her career, and sits on the boards of several organizations that promote opportunities for underprivileged youth, encourage science education in service to environmental causes and other areas.
Ferrari's di Montezemolo talks to Cook, Google
Ferrari raised intrigue Wednesday after it said its CEO, Luca di Montezemolo, met with the top executives of Apple and Google. As part of a trip to Stanford University, he met with the "heads of Google" as well as Apple CEO Tim Cook. While the details weren't mentioned, the supercar company mentioned that di Montezemolo had a two-hour "face-to-face meeting" in which they talked about common ground.
Material originally intended for Apple museum
An Associated Press report has exposed some of the contents of Stanford University's Apple Collection, a part of the Silicon Valley Archives. The material was originally preserved by Apple with the intention of creating a corporate museum, but shortly after the return of Steve Jobs as CEO in 1997, the company contacted Stanford about donating to the SVA. In all Stanford collected two moving trucks' worth of books, photos, documents, software, marketing, and videos from Apple's Cupertino headquarters.
Intel to invest $100m into US university research
Intel on Wednesday said it would devote $100 million in cash investments to US university research in the course of the next five years. These funds will be used to support a number of Intel Science and Technology Centers, with the first to be built at Stanford University. Its focus will be on next-generation visual computing.
Study says touchscreens help spread illness
A recently published study from the Journal of Applied Microbiology came back to light today in an interview late Thursday discussing the risks of getting sick from touchscreen devices. Stanford University PhD student Tim Julian noted that about 30 percent of the bacteria, viruses and other organisms on a surface are picked up on contact, making the iPad, iPhone and Android devices more likely to spread illnesses. He explained to the Sacramento Bee that the issue mostly becomes acute when owners share their devices, which can be more common with touch displays.
System utilizes heat and light for conversion
Engineers at Stanford University are working on new technology that aims to double the efficiency of existing solar energy systems. Researchers are testing a conversion method, "photon enhanced thermionic emission," that thrives in higher temperatures, overcoming a drawback of traditional photovoltaic technology that becomes less efficient as temperatures rise.
SWNT would make paper displays, PCs possible
Stanford University today made public a new technique that could provide power on extremely thin devices. Single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) printed on paper treated with polyvinylidene fluoride could act as supercapacitors, storing energy. In addition to being very thin, the nanotubes would be extremely stable and would lose only a small amount of a potential charge after 2,500 cycles.
Stanford University prototypes textile batteries
Stanford University is continuing its research into organic batteries, this time applying its technology to wearable textiles. The researchers have turned regular cotton and polyester into electronic textiles, paving the way for jeans or t-shirts that can charge cellphones or portable music players. The technology is also one of the first steps to a new category of devices with flexible screens that are worked into clothes.
Stanford University shows nanotech batteries
Scientists at the Stanford University have found a way to create electricity using little else than regular paper coated in special ink that contains nanotubes and silver nanowires, the school's paper reported on Monday. Even when the paper is crumpled, it retains its newfound properties and acts as a battery or supercapacitor.