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Stanford engineer helps crack mystery of bird flight — It has taken more than a million fine samples of aerodynamic force and airflow combined to determine what makes a hummingbird's wings so adept at hovering. The team led by David Lentink, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, believes that the results could have significant impacts in both aerodynamic research and in advancing bio-inspired designs of drones and other aircraft.

Stanford biologists show how the evolution of physical traits can influence behavior — Fernald Lab For many male African cichlid fish, the best way to attract a mate is to build a really nice pit or sand castle on a lake bottom. And thus the best way to study evolution's effect on behavior might be to study why the fish build these structures, known collectively as bowers.

Scientists shrink ants to study mechanisms that control DNA expression — Video by Kurt Hickman In the pages of Marvel comic books, Ant-Man manipulates fictional subatomic particles in order to shrink and fight crime as one of Earth's mightiest heroes. In a real lab, biologists from Stanford and McGill universities have now achieved similar shrinking results by manipulating ants' DNA.

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