International News from Stanford University - 2016
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 Maiden voyage of Stanford's humanoid robotic diver recovers treasures from King Louis XIV's wrecked flagship
Oussama Khatib held his breath as he swam through the wreck of La Lune, 100 meters below the Mediterranean. The flagship of King Louis XIV sank here in 1664, 20 miles off the southern coast of France, and no human had touched the ruins – or the countless treasures and artifacts the ship once carried – in the centuries since.
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.
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.
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.