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International News from Stanford University - 2016

News Item Bringing rasa to the hospital

The room is thick with sweat; we watch the windows cry. The fans seem to be cycling hot air, blowing it back in our faces sarcastically. This is Kolkata heat, to which there are no perfect antidotes: not billowy cotton blouses, nor cold lime lollies, nor dips in the swimming pool.

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 Stanford scientists find Amazon rain forest responds quickly to extreme climate events

The carbon balance in the Amazon can change quickly in response to heat and drought conditions.

A new study examining carbon exchange in the Amazon rain forest following extremely hot and dry spells reveals tropical ecosystems might be more sensitive to climate change than previously thought.

The findings, published online on April 28 in the journal Global Change Biology, have implications for the fate of the Amazon and other tropical ecosystems if greenhouse gas emissions continue to climb.