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News Item “We have been very successful in training high-tech innovators in the last 15 years:” A look at Stanford Biodesign

In classic Silicon Valley style, it began with an informal group of about a dozen physicians and engineers wanting to invent new medical devices desperately needed by patients. They came together under the rubric Stanford Biodesign and began training others on the discipline of technology innovation.

News Item Stanford scholar explores the glitz and glamour behind Monte Carlo

When the gambling impresario François Blanc arrived in Monaco in the spring of 1863, he encountered a barren, barely developed patch of land. There were three churches, a shabby hotel and a failing two-story casino. By the end of the century, Blanc had transformed the casino and built a train station, hotel, beach promenade and opera house to create the first modern casino resort – Monte Carlo.

News Item How living in bad neighborhoods can hurt your health: A real-life experiment from Sweden

Imagine arriving in a new country, belongings on your back, and being randomly assigned to live in a neighborhood. Perhaps, using San Francisco Bay Area examples, your new home is East Palo Alto, a city long plagued by crime and poverty. Or maybe you are whisked to Woodside, where your neighbors have horses and collections of Teslas.

That random assignment, which actually occurred to refugees who arrived in Sweden between 1987 and 1991, could have a major impact on your health, particularly, according to a new study, your likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes.

News Item International drinking guidelines lack consistency, Stanford researchers find

Figuring out how much alcohol is safe to drink can be confusing even if you’re not already a bit tipsy. Not only do you need to know the percent alcohol in your beverage of choice, you also need to be savvy about how much is considered to be a “standard drink.” Then you need to keep track of how many drinks you imbibe each day or week.

News Item Brussels suicide attacks 'shocking but not surprising,' Stanford experts say

Inner-city neighborhood with links to suspects was known as a base for terrorists to launch attacks across Europe and beyond.

The coordinated suicide bombings that killed at least 30 people and wounded hundreds more at an international airport and downtown subway station in Brussels on Tuesday were “shocking but not surprising” and shared many of the hallmarks of previous European terror attacks, according to Stanford terrorism experts.

News Item Clinton at Stanford: Global alliances key to ending terrorism

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said this week's attacks in Belgium were a "brutal reminder" that the United States and its allies must work even more closely in their counterterrorism efforts: "We cannot contain ISIS. We must defeat ISIS."