Science and Technology

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Warming temperatures implicated in recent California droughts, Stanford scientists say

In California, warm, dry years are more likely to lead to severe drought than dry, cool years, and the probability of warm and dry conditions coinciding is likely to climb.

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European grain yield stagnation related to climate change, says Stanford scholar

After changes in government policy and farm practices, European grain yields leveled off. Stanford's Frances C. Moore says climate trends account for 10 percent of that stagnation.

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Animals tend to evolve toward larger sizes over time, Stanford study finds

In new research, Stanford paleobiologist Jonathan Payne says that animals tend to evolve toward larger body sizes over time. Over the past 542 million years, the mean size of marine animals has increased 150-fold.  

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Stanford scientists discover a protein's novel role in several types of cancers

ChEM-H scientists are helping to develop a cancer therapy based on a new finding of a protein that inadvertently promotes cancer growth. Blocking this protein could help block the growth of many types of tumors.

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Stanford engineers develop new air filter that could help Beijing residents breathe easily

Stanford's Yi Cui and his students have turned a material commonly used in surgical gloves into a low-cost, highly efficient air filter.  Video

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Stanford renames Earth Sciences school to convey the breadth of its research and teaching

The new name – the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences – reflects the school's focus on understanding the workings of the planet and helping address resource and environmental challenges facing the world.

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Stanford engineer produces free Braille-writer app

A touchscreen Braille writer developed during a Stanford engineering summer course is now an app that turns an iPad into an invaluable tool for blind and visually impaired people.

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NBA commissioner visits Stanford for lesson in virtual reality

By flying like Superman in Jeremy Bailenson's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was convinced that virtual reality could enhance the game for fans and players.

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Kaboom! Stanford professor shares Academy Award for software to digitize destruction

Computerized simulation simplifies the math and physics of animated movie collisions to create a point-click-and-drag tool for putting the kibosh on buildings, cities, even planets.

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Carl Djerassi, Stanford professor and world-renowned chemist, dead at 91

In his long career, Stanford chemist Carl Djerassi excelled in science and the arts. He may be remembered most as the father of the birth control pill.

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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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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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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 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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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.