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​What is the relationship between communicable illnesses and illicit drug use?

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​A scholar applies the mathematical tools of management science to help improve human health.

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​A scholar applies the mathematical tools of management science to help improve human health.

Is methadone a cost-effective strategy for treating heroin addiction? | REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Last modified Wed, 27 Apr, 2016 at 14:33

A one-of-a-kind wind tunnel for birds paves the way for better drones

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An engineer explores how the magic of bird flight can be applied to building better aerial robots.

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An engineer explores how the magic of bird flight can be applied to building better aerial robots.

Ferrari, a lovebird, with Stanford's David Lentink, who is using a wind tunnel to probe the mysteries of birds in flight. | Photo by L.A. Cicero

Last modified Fri, 22 Apr, 2016 at 15:46

​Zhenan Bao: On a quest to develop artificial skin

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A team of engineers explore how a new kind of wearable electronics could restore sensation to people with prosthetic limbs.

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A team of engineers explore how a new kind of wearable electronics could restore sensation to people with prosthetic limbs.

Can we build better prostheses? | REUTERS/Mary Schwalm

Last modified Fri, 22 Apr, 2016 at 13:57

How effective data visualizations let users have a conversation with data

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Stanford’s Maneesh Agrawala and Dave Deriso share trends and tools for communicating complex quantitative information visually.

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How effective data visualizations let users have a conversation with data
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Stanford’s Maneesh Agrawala and Dave Deriso share trends and tools for communicating complex quantitative information visually.

A JavaScript web graphics library called Three.js powers a sophisticated MRI image of a brain in 3D | Image courtesy of Gallant Neuroscience Lab at UC Berkeley.

Last modified Thu, 21 Apr, 2016 at 13:12

A super stretchy, self-healing material could lead to artificial muscle

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​Researchers create a polymer that can stretch to 100 times its original length — and even repair itself if punctured.

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Self-healing material could lead to artificial muscle
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​Researchers create polymer that can stretch to 100 times its original length

In this sample of “artificial muscle,” a circle marks the spot where, after the material was deliberately punctured in an experiment, its chemical nature allowed it to heal itself. | Photo courtesy of Bao Research Group

Last modified Mon, 25 Apr, 2016 at 8:38

​John Hennessy: Great leadership can be learned

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Stanford University President John Hennessy offers his take on important leadership qualities, Silicon Valley, and the future of higher education.​

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Stanford University President John Hennessy offers his take on important leadership qualities, Silicon Valley, and the future of higher education.​

Stanford University President John Hennessy discusses some of the most powerful lessons he’s learned as leader of one of the world’s most complex and dynamic institutions of higher education. In conversation with Tina Seelig, director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, at the DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series, Hennessy also shares insights from his entrepreneurial career in the high-tech industry.

Last modified Wed, 13 Apr, 2016 at 11:44

​Shan Wang: How magnetic nanoparticles can be used as medical sensors

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A team of researchers tracks disease the way naturalists track animals in the wild.

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A team of researchers tracks disease the way naturalists track animals in the wild.

A time-lapse image shows the trajectories of tumor cells (green) after being stained with fluorescent dyes and labeled with magnetic nanoparticles. | Image courtesy of R. J. Wilson, C.M. Earhart and S. X. Wang

Last modified Tue, 12 Apr, 2016 at 16:55

​Ada Poon: How miniaturized electronic devices can be used as medical therapeutics

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​Inspired by personal experience, an engineer pioneers the development of ‘electroceuticals’ that can dispense treatments or monitor functions deep inside the body.

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An engineer pioneers ‘electroceuticals’ that can dispense treatments or monitor functions inside the body.

Ada Poon is developing tiny electronic devices to dispense treatments or monitor functions deep inside the body. | Photo courtesy of Poon Lab

Last modified Mon, 25 Apr, 2016 at 8:56

How could we use the tiniest specs of diamonds?

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Extracting nanodiamonds from crude oil could help produce next-generation tools for imaging and communications.

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How could we use the tiniest specs of diamonds?
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Extracting nanodiamonds from crude oil could help to produce next-generation tools for imaging and communications.

Too small to see with the naked eye, diamondoids are visible only when they clump together in fine, sugar-like crystals like these. | Photo by Christopher Smith, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Last modified Mon, 11 Apr, 2016 at 8:20

How do we prevent cancer’s spread?

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A team of researchers develop an experimental therapy to treat metastatic cancer.

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A team of researchers develop an experimental therapy to treat metastatic cancer.

A representation of the Axl protein reconstructed from X-ray crystallography data | Photo courtesy of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Last modified Fri, 1 Apr, 2016 at 9:35