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These stories offer a glimpse of the many ways in which faculty and students are addressing some of today's greatest challenges in the Earth and environmental sciences.

Scientists pass solid particles through rock
Submitted on Jun 28 2009

Geothermal energy is getting a boost from nanotechnology. A group at Stanford has made particles tiny enough to pass through rocks. This could make it easier to build man-made geysers for electric power.

High-pressure compound could be key to hydrogen-powered vehicles
Submitted on May 7 2009

A hydrogen-rich compound discovered by Stanford researchers is packed with promise of helping overcome one of the biggest hurdles to using hydrogen for fuel—namely, how do you stuff enough hydrogen into a volume that is small enough to be portable and practical for powering a car? The newly discovered material is a high-pressure form of ammonia borane, a solid material which itself is already imbued with ample hydrogen.

Research by the Barrel
Submitted on Apr 15 2009

The United States is the world's largest consumer of energy, though China will soon overtake us...."The Saudis are working a lot harder to get the oil out than they used to," Roland Horne, the Thomas Davies Barrow Professor in the School of Earth Sciences, told the Woods Institute's Energy Seminar last fall.

Exxon chief praises energy research
Submitted on Feb 23 2009

Rex Tillerson, the president and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp., spoke on campus Tuesday night, praising the work of Stanford researchers and—in a recent switch of company policy—urging Congress to pass a carbon tax to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.