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

news.stanford.edu — Video by Kurt Hickman In the past few years, Yi Cui has made several business trips to China. Each time he has found himself choked by smog produced by automobiles and coal power plants. After a few of these trips, Cui, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford, came up with an idea to clean the pollution.

NBA commissioner visits Stanford for lesson in virtual reality

news.stanford.edu — L.A. Cicero Courtside seats at an NBA game are some of the best tickets in all of sports - the game is literally played at your feet. They're also some of the hardest tickets to get, which is why NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and several other NBA executives visited Stanford for a crash course in how they might create similar experiences for fans in virtual reality.

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

news.stanford.edu — Chuck Painter Stanford Professor Emeritus Carl Djerassi, a rare powerhouse in chemistry and art, died peacefully, surrounded by family and loved ones, in his home in San Francisco, on Friday. He was 91.

Human dispersal and the evolution of languages show strong link

news.stanford.edu — This map shows the dispersal of phonemes (solid arrow) compared with dispersal of genetic traits (dashed arrow). Click image to enlarge. (Illustration: Creanza et al.) Geneticists have famously tracked small differences in the human genetic code to trace the evolution and spread of humans out of Africa.

Stanford bioengineers develop tool for reprogramming genetic code

news.stanford.edu — vitstudio/ Shutterstock Biology relies upon the precise activation of specific genes to work properly. If that sequence gets out of whack, or one gene turns on only partially, the outcome can often lead to a disease. Now, bioengineers at Stanford and other universities have developed a sort of programmable genetic code that allows them to preferentially activate or deactivate genes in living cells.

Stanford scientists team with indigenous people to study carbon in Amazon rainforest

news.stanford.edu — Han Overman When it comes to measuring the carbon storage potential of the Amazon forest, indigenous people might outperform sophisticated satellites. The results from a long-term collaboration between Stanford scientists and indigenous people in Guyana suggests that traditional remote sensing techniques might be undervaluing the region's carbon storage potential by as much as 40 percent.

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

news.stanford.edu — January 16, 2015 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. By Bjorn Carey In the past 500 years, human activity has led to 500 species of land animals going extinct, a rate that has caused scientists to warn of a sixth mass extinction.

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

news.stanford.edu — John James Audubon/Wikimedia Commons In the past 500 years, human activity has led to 500 species of land animals going extinct, a rate that has caused scientists to warn of a sixth mass extinction.

Stanford engineers develop a device for measuring how birds take flight

news.stanford.edu — Courtesy David Lentink It's quite easy to look at a bird and deduce that it flies by flapping its wings, but understanding exactly how a bird generates lift has long eluded scientists. Now engineers at Stanford have developed a device that precisely and humanely measures the forces generated by a bird's wings while in flight.

New mobile app from Stanford and Sony lets phone conduct research while it charges

news.stanford.edu — Courtesy Folding@home Your smartphone is already great for sending email, checking sports scores and sharing photos of your lunch. Now it can help battle cancer, Alzheimer's and other diseases, thanks to a new app developed by Stanford scientists and Sony.
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