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Deputy Directory of Science Communications at Stanford University. Views are my own.Deputy Directory of Science Communications at Stanford University. Views are my own.

Stanford's wind tunnel for birds and drones

news.stanford.edu — Most people look at a pigeon and see a chubby, common, boring bird. A "rat with wings," in common New Yorker parlance. When David Lentink watches a pigeon dart around a building and land perfectly in its roost, however, he sees the future of robotic flight.

How Much Cash Can You Get for Your Organs?

realclearscience.com — First, a disclaimer: Selling your organs is illegal in the United States. It's also very dangerous. Handing off an organ is risky enough when done in a top hospital, even more so if you're doing it for cash in a back alley. No, really: Don't do this. OK? OK.

Stanford study finds Amazon rainforest may be home to more animals than previously thought

news.stanford.edu — The Amazon rainforest has long been known for being an exotic place in the world, full of lush vegetation and diverse wildlife - perhaps even more than we previously thought. A new study led by Stanford scientists shows that tapping the expertise of indigenous hunters can provide more accurate animal counts than modern sampling techniques.

Amazon rainforest may be home to more animals than previously thought, Stanford scientists say

news.stanford.edu — By tapping the expertise of indigenous hunters, researchers found that conventional surveying techniques underestimate animal populations and miss species in the remote Amazon. Producing an accurate count is important for planning conservation efforts. Wikimedia Commons The Amazon rainforest has long been known for being an exotic place in the world, full of lush vegetation and diverse wildlife - perhaps even more than we previously thought.

Stanford scientists identify genetic switch for female sexual behavior

news.stanford.edu — By studying the complex mating routine of African cichlid fish, a team of Stanford scientists has keyed in on a single brain receptor in female fish that determines whether they successfully reproduce. The finding has parallels across all vertebrates, and might influence the understanding of social behavior in humans.

Chemists Develop Ultra-Sensitive Test for Cancers, HIV

mdtmag.com — Based on the success of the thyroid screening, the group has won a few grants to advance the technique into clinical trials. One trial underway in collaboration with the nearby Alameda County Public Health Laboratory will help evaluate the technique as a screening tool for HIV.

Stanford chemists develop an ultra-sensitive test for cancers, HIV

news.stanford.edu — Catching a disease in its earliest stages can lead to more effective therapies. Stanford chemists have increased the likelihood of detecting these diseases via a test that is thousands of times more sensitive than current diagnostics. A common theme in medicine is that detecting a disease early on can lead to more effective treatments.

Curiosity leads Stanford bioengineers to discover insect's flight secret

news.stanford.edu — A chance observation of a water lily beetle skimming across a pond inspired researchers to investigate the mysterious and sophisticated mode of flight it employs to overcome the physical challenges of flying over water.

Autonomous car drives Stanford engineers' quest for highway safety

news.stanford.edu — Video by Bjorn Carey, Kurt Hickman, Aaron Kehoe By testing the physical limits of speeding cars, Stanford engineers hope to develop safer autonomous driving systems. When Stanford's autonomous car Shelley nears speeds of 120 mph as it tears around a racetrack without a driver, observers' natural inclinations are to exchange high-fives or simply mouth, "wow."

'Squishiness' can indicate embryo viability, Stanford researchers find

news.stanford.edu — A team of bioengineers and physicians has found that the squishiness of an hour-old fertilized egg can predict its viability, a metric that could lead to safer, more successful IVF pregnancies. Camarillo Labs Selecting the right fertilized embryo for in vitro fertilization (IVF) might be as simple as choosing a ripe piece of fruit: Just give it a squeeze.
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Feb 23, 2016

@dougcantor Dombrowski said he is 100% behind Panda. Also 100% behind Panda: A cow. Epcot Center. Jupiter. bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox…

Feb 23, 2016

@dougcantor Haha. On the bright side, it's going to be harder to pitch around him.

Feb 17, 2013

Just walked into #AAASmtg where speaker was saying "put the focus on the cookies". Excited to see where this goes.

Feb 17, 2013

RT @MaDTECHEd: Peter @norvig proposes Courseware Engineering as a way to evolve from the artisanal nature of teaching and make a larger ...

Feb 17, 2013

RT @jenbogo: Classic. RT @erinbiba: Guy in back of neuroscience panel keeps yelling speak up. Neurscientist says: "You need a cochlear i ...

Feb 17, 2013

Rewind feature of MOOC videos frees students to listen to lesson until it makes sense. #aaasmtg

Feb 17, 2013

RT @leHotz: Can”t find genes for music until we can actually define music says McGill’s Daniel Levitin at #aaas

Feb 17, 2013

RT @gwmck: Who's got a droid in Boston? “@MeetAScientist: It's a robot battle at #FamSciDays! t.co/tVNnORzW #AAASmtg


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