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Recycling brain regions

During development, the brain can repurpose parts when learning to recognize faces and to read.

What causes earthquake foreshocks?

Because foreshocks precede larger quakes, they have long presented the tantalizing prospect of warning of potentially damaging earthquakes. But to date, they have only been recognized in hindsight, and scientists for decades have sought to understand the physical processes that drive them. Computer modeling by Stanford geophysicists finds answers in the complex geometry of faults.

Putting deliberative democracy into action

In the largest Deliberative Polling experiment focused on young adults, Stanford students saw firsthand how informed discussion can change how people think about the world and each other.

Designing sustainable cities

By 2050, more than 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. Stanford Natural Capital Project researchers have developed software that shows city planners where to invest in nature to improve people’s lives and save billions of dollars.

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Climate change lengthening allergy season

Air levels of pollen and mold spores in the San Francisco Bay Area are elevated for about two more months per year than in past decades, and higher temperatures are to blame, a Stanford Medicine study has found.

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Longtime Stanford-in-Berlin lecturer dies

The Stanford community remembers Jochen Wohlfeil, a German lecturer who taught in the Bing Overseas Studies Program in Berlin for more than 30 years. He died recently in Germany.