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Stanford researchers show how forest loss leads to spread of disease

In Uganda, loss of forested habitat increases the likelihood of interactions between disease-carrying wild primates and humans. The findings suggest the emergence and spread of viruses, such as the one that causes COVID-19, will become more common as the conversion of natural habitats into farmland continues worldwide.
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Researchers create soft, free-wheeling hybrid robot

A team of Stanford researchers created a new type of soft robot that can morph into new shapes and freely move around like an octopus.They call it an "isoperimetric robot": a human-safe soft robot that can grasp and manipulate objects as well as roll around in controllable directions. It's possible that this kind of robot could be used in space travel in the future, because of its malleability and dynamic qualities. Researchers at Stanford University have developed a revolutionary type of r...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Stanford, Future, Robots, Innovation, Stanford University, University of California Santa Barbara, Sean Follmer, Zachary Hammond, Science Robotics, Allison Okamura, Elliot Hawkes, Nathan Usevitch

'Smart toilet' monitors for signs of disease, Stanford study reports

There's a new disease-detecting technology in the lab of Sanjiv 'Sam' Gambhir, M.D., Ph.D., and its No. 1 source of data is number one. And number two.
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R&D Roundup: Ultrasound/AI medical imaging, assistive exoskeletons and neural weather modeling

In the time of COVID-19, much of what transpires from the science world to the general public relates to the virus, and understandably so. But other domains, even within medical research, are still active — and as usual, there are tons of interesting (and heartening) stories out there that shouldn’t be lost in the furious activity of coronavirus coverage. This last week brought good news for several medical conditions as well as some innovations that could improve weather reporting and maybe sav...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Cambodia, Columbia University, Satellite Imagery, Ultrasound, Deep Learning, Retina, Emerging-technologies, Ozone

Coronavirus Misinformation Was Spreading Online as Early as January

News on the global coronavirus is breaking so quickly that developments can happen on a minute-to-minute basis. But getting the most updated information about covid-19—and discerning which bits are correct—has been hampered severely by a scourge of misinformation spreading like wildfire, as well as a number of public…Read more...
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Stanford researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons

Stanford-led study finds that autumn days with extreme fire weather have more than doubled in California since the early 1980s due to climate change. The results could contribute to more effective risk mitigation, land management and resource allocation.
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How to identify factors affecting COVID-19 transmission

Stanford professor Alexandria Boehm and visiting scholar Krista Wigginton describe potential transmission pathways of COVID-19 and their implications.
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This Ankle Exoskeleton Was Designed to Make Running Easier

Running is one of the most affordable forms of exercise, but it’s also one that people love to groan about—and for good reason. It’s a high-impact sport that can be hard on the body, and that’s without factoring in however you might feel about your individual athleticism. But Stanford engineers have found a wearable…Read more...
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Stanford engineers find ankle exoskeleton aids running

Researchers find that a motorized device that attaches around the ankle and foot can drastically reduce the energy cost of running.
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Old human cells rejuvenated with stem cell technology, Stanford-led study finds

Old human cells return to a more youthful and vigorous state after being induced to briefly express a panel of proteins involved in embryonic development, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
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Stanford researcher investigates how squid communicate in the dark

Researchers begin to reveal how social squid communicate in the near-blackness of the deep sea.
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Stanford scientists program cells to carry out gene-guided construction projects

The researchers developed a technique called genetically targeted chemical assembly, or GTCA, which they used to assemble electronically active biopolymer meshes on mammalian brain cells and on neurons in C. elegans. The polymers changed the firing rates of neurons in mammalian cells and altered C. elegans crawling behavior. GTCA was also tested on kidney cells and should work with other cell types.
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Crop diversity can buffer the effects of climate change

Stanford researchers found that farms with diverse crops planted together provide more secure, stable habitats for wildlife and are more resilient to climate change than the single-crop standard that dominates today's agriculture industry.
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Stanford engineers create shape-changing, free-roaming soft robot

A new type of robot combines traditional and soft robotics, making it safe but sturdy. Once inflated, it can change shape and move without being attached to a source of energy or air.
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Young adults don't know what's in nicotine products they vape, Stanford study finds

Young adults don't know what's in the products they vape and often don't know what brand of vaping products they use, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
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Stanford scientists discover the mathematical rules underpinning brain growth

'How do cells with complementary functions arrange themselves to construct a functioning tissue?' said study co-author Bo Wang, an assistant professor of Bioengineering. 'We chose to answer that question by studying a brain because it had been commonly assumed that the brain was too complex to have a simple patterning rule. We surprised ourselves when we discovered there was, in fact, such a rule.'
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Older women with breast cancer may benefit from genetic testing, study suggests

About 1 in 40 postmenopausal women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 65 have cancer-associated mutations in their BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, according to a Stanford-led study of more than 4,500 participants in the long-running Women's Health Initiative.
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Coronavirus tightens grip on daily life around the globe

By JOE McDONALD and ANGELA CHARLTON BEIJING — The coronavirus tightened its grip on day-to-day life around the world on Saturday as ports in several countries turned back ships with infected passengers, Iran declared a “sacred jihad” against the virus and the Vatican announced it would livestream the pope’s weekly blessing. Around the world, more and more countries were bracing for a big increase in virus cases. Western countries have been increasingly imitating China – where the virus first eme...
Tags: Health, Asia, South Korea, Europe, Business, Japan, Science, Milan, News, California, Saudi Arabia, Stanford, China, Germany, Berlin, Singapore

Coronavirus: How to find hidden infections? Stanford and UC fast-track new tests

Feeling mildly feverish? Have a cough? Are you a little short of breath? To test you for the flu, your doctor will do a simple nasal swab and then send you home. But a coronavirus test, if it’s available, is more like a triathlon. Even as cases escalate, tests remain limited, despite White House assurances. So you must first be approved by government health officials for testing, and share your name, address and contact information. Your doctor can’t test you; only the county health department c...
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A better way to detect underground water leaks

Stanford researchers propose a new way to locate water leaks within the tangle of aging pipes found beneath many cities. The improvement could save time, money and billions of gallons of water.
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Stanford research maps a faster, easier way to build diamond

With the right amount of pressure and surprisingly little heat, a substance found in fossil fuels can transform into pure diamond.
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Stanford scientists link ulcerative colitis to missing gut microbes

About 1 million people in the United States have ulcerative colitis, a serious disease of the colon that has no cure and whose cause is obscure. Now, a study by Stanford University School of Medicine investigators has tied the condition to a missing microbe.
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New machine learning method could supercharge battery development for electric vehicles

New machine learning method from Stanford, with Toyota and MIT researchers, has slashed battery testing times -- a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles -- by nearly fifteenfold.
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New CRISPR-based tool can probe and control several genetic circuits at once

Stanford researchers have devised a biological tool that can not only detect faulty genetic circuits but also "debug" them - like running a patch cord around a computer hardware glitch.
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Brain-wave pattern can identify people likely to respond to antidepressant, study finds

A new method of interpreting brain activity could be used in clinics to help determine the best treatment options for depression, according to a Stanford-led trial.
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Industry-linked studies more favorable to indoor tanning, Stanford researchers say

Studies of indoor tanning that are financially linked to the industry are significantly more likely to downplay the risks and highlight perceived benefits of indoor tanning than studies without such ties, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
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Europe risks squandering its global advantage in deep tech innovation

Miles Kirby Contributor Share on Twitter Miles is the managing director of AV8 Ventures and is based in London. He is focused on investments at Seed and Series A. It’s a somewhat crude yardstick by which to measure innovation in deep tech, and the result perhaps reflects historic bias as much as it does actual leadership in innovation — but Europe leads every other continental region when it comes to the number of Nobel laurea...
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A new stretchable battery can power wearable electronics

The adoption of wearable electronics has so far been limited by their need to derive power from bulky, rigid batteries that reduce comfort and may present safety hazards due to chemical leakage or combustion. Stanford researchers have developed a soft and stretchable battery that relies on a special type of plastic to store power more safely than the flammable formulations used in conventional batteries today.
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Stanford researchers conduct census of cell surface proteins

A new technique for systematically surveying proteins on the outer surface of cells, which act like molecular social cues to guide cell-cell interactions and assembly into tissues and organs.
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A single number helps Stanford data scientists find most dangerous cancer cells

Biomedical data scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have shown that the number of genes a cell uses to make RNA is a reliable indicator of how developed the cell is, a finding that could make it easier to target cancer-causing genes.
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