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Stanford computer scientist Christopher Ré named MacArthur fellow — Stanford's Christopher Ré, an assistant professor of computer science, has been awarded a "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He was recognized for his work in developing a data-inference system that analyzes data with a high degree of certainty.

The discovery of liquid water on Mars increases chances of life, Stanford scientists say — New results indicate that liquid water flows seasonally on Mars, most likely fed by subsurface features, where the briny water might be more hospitable to life. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona On Monday, NASA and other institutions made the astonishing announcement that scientists have detected liquid water flowing on Mars.

Stanford biologists crack centuries-old mystery of how cell growth triggers cell division — Researchers in Jan Skotheim's lab have discovered a previously unknown mechanism that controls how large cells grow, an insight that could one day provide insight into attacking diseases such as cancer. Courtesy Jan Skotheim Cells were discovered in 1676, and almost immediately afterward scientists began wondering why cells are so perfectly small.

Stanford scientists help discover Pacific bluefin tunas' favorite feeding spots — Stanford scientists devise a new methodology for measuring how and when ocean predators consume prey, and identify the Pacific bluefin's favorite hot spots, information that can inform conservation strategies. Courtesy Barbara Block After chowing down a big meal, you might feel your belly warm as your stomach muscles and digestive organs set to work breaking your food into smaller and smaller pieces rich in nutrients.

Stanford scientists discover key mechanism in gene expression — RNA polymerase II makes life possible by expressing genes. Now, a team of Stanford biologists, chemists and applied physicists has observed it at work in real time. Juan Gaertner/ Shutterstock Every cell in your body carries the same genetic instructions, and yet cells don't accidentally turn into bone inside your heart, and teeth don't grow in your brain.

Strong El Niño increasing likelihood of wet winter during California's record drought, Stanford scientists say — The extraordinary strength of the present El Niño may lead to a particularly wet winter in California, but Noah Diffenbaugh and Daniel Swain say that it might not be enough to end California's worst drought on record.
Sep 11, 2015

RT @WaterintheWest: CA needs snowpack to recover from the drought. But snow isn't guaranteed with warm El Niño

Stanford, Toyota to collaborate on AI research effort — Led by Associate Professor Fei-Fei Li, the new SAIL-Toyota Center for AI Research will focus on teaching computers to see and make critical decisions about how to interact with the world. At the outset, research will address intelligent robotics and autonomous cars.

Most sensors designed to measure head impacts in sports produce inaccurate data, Stanford bioengineers find — As scientists zero in on the skull motions that can cause concussions, David Camarillo's lab has found that many commercially available sensors worn by athletes to gather this data are prone to significant error. Camarillo Lab Stanford researchers used high-speed cameras to record how the subject's head moved during impact, and compared that camera data to measurements produced by concussion sensors.

Stanford engineers find secret to steady drone cameras in swans — Whooper swans stabilize their head with a complex neck that's tuned like a car suspension, Stanford engineers have learned. The finding has influenced their design of a camera suspension system that could allow drones to record steadier video.

To Better Teach Physics, Let Students Decide — Encouraging students to repeatedly make decisions about data collected during introductory lab courses improves their critical thinking skills, report physicists. Introductory labs are often seen as primarily "cookbook" exercises in which students simply follow instructions to confirm results given in their textbooks, while learning little.
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