Science and Technology

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Human dispersal and the evolution of languages show strong link, Stanford biologists find

In the largest comparison of genetic and linguistic data ever attempted, Stanford biologists find that features of language show a strong link to the geographic dispersal of human populations.

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Face blindness predicted by structural differences in the brain, Stanford neuroscientists discover

Differences in connectivity in the brain predict face blindness in adults, say Stanford neuroscientists. They plan to observe these surprising differences in children to discover how this visual deficit develops.

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Stanford launches major effort to expedite vaccine discovery with $50 million grant

Researchers will seek to understand how the immune system can be harnessed to develop vaccines for the world's most deadly infectious diseases.

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Learn math without fear, Stanford expert says

Professor Jo Boaler says students most effectively learn "math facts" working on problems they enjoy, rather than through exercises and drills they fear. Timed testing and blind memorization damage children's experience of math, she says.

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Stanford scientists use ocean waves to monitor offshore oil and gas fields

New technique exploits naturally occurring seismic waves to probe seafloor at less expense, and with fewer ill effects on marine life caused by air guns in use today.

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Stanford bioengineers develop tool for reprogramming genetic code

By selectively manipulating how DNA issues biological commands, Stanford bioengineers have developed a tool that could prove useful in future gene therapies.

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Stanford scientists team with indigenous people to produce detailed carbon calculations of Amazon rainforest

By teaching basic ecology field work techniques to indigenous groups in the Amazon, Stanford researchers find that satellite measurements of rainforests underestimate the region's carbon storage potential.

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Perovskites provide big boost to silicon solar cells, Stanford study finds

Putting a film of the crystalline material perovskite on top of a silicon solar cell increases the cell's efficiency nearly 50 percent, say Stanford scientists.

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Stanford engineers use brilliant X-rays to illuminate catalysis, revise theories

Using high-brilliance X-rays in a new way, Stanford engineers observed electrons at work during catalytic reactions. Their findings may open doors to new or improved renewable energy applications.

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The industrial revolution of the oceans will imperil wildlife, says Stanford scientist

In a new report, Steve Palumbi and colleagues show that the industrialization of the oceans mirrors the early stages of activities that have triggered mass extinctions on land.

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Stanford engineers develop a device for measuring how birds take flight

A new device invented by David Lentink will answer long-held questions about the forces birds generate while flying, and could lead to the development of innovative, efficient unmanned aerial vehicles.  Video

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Artificial intelligence helps Stanford physicists predict dangerous solar flares

Though scientists do not completely understand what triggers solar flares, Stanford solar physicists Monica Bobra and Sebastien Couvidat have automated the analysis of those gigantic explosions.

Stanford to host White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

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New Stanford research finds computers are better judges of personality than friends and family

Stanford researchers have found that computers can judge personality traits more accurately than one's friends and colleagues. In fact, artificial intelligence can draw inferences about a person as accurately as a spouse.

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Estimated social cost of climate change not accurate, Stanford scientists say

The "social cost" of carbon dioxide emissions may not be $37 per ton, as estimated by a recent U.S. government study, but $220 per ton.