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Stanford engineers devise optical method for producing high-res, 3-D images of nanoscale objects — The technique, called cathodoluminescence tomography, could assist in the development of high-efficiency solar cells and LEDS, or improve the way biological systems are visualized. Dionne Group Engineers at Stanford and the FOM Institute AMOLF, in the Netherlands, have developed a way to visualize the optical properties of objects that are thousands of times smaller than a grain of sand, in 3-D and with nanometer-scale resolution.

Ants' intruder defense strategy could lead to better email spam filters, Stanford biologist finds — Biology Professor Deborah M. Gordon presents a model suggesting that the human immune system and ants use similar distributed defense strategies to fight off intruders. Adapting this technique could yield stronger email spam filters. Katherine Dektar To kill spam, email filters might need to act a bit more like ants.

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.
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