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Stanford University: A novel technique to study environmental toxins

Using SLAC’s Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, scientists can visualize the exact way that atoms bond to a solid surface. Knowing how charged particles interact with solid surfaces is crucial for understanding how toxic metals such as lead, arsenic, and mercury or radioactive elements release from particles in soils and sediments and into groundwater.  

Stanford University: “Natural concrete” beneath Italian volcano explains mysterious uplift

The discovery beneath Campi Flegrei, a dormant supervolcano in southern Italy, of a concrete-like rock that is similar to Roman concrete explains why the ground beneath the town of Pozzuoli rose by several meters in the 1980s, forcing the evacuation of 40,000 people.  

Stanford University: Stanford engineers build a water-droplet based computer that runs like clockwork

Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford, and his students have developed a synchronous computer that operates using the unique physics of moving water droplets. Their goal is to design a new class of computers that can precisely control and manipulate physical matter.  

New Scientist: Super-strong robot pulls heavy loads

Scientists from Stanford have developed several of super-small and super strong robots. With tracking inspired by Geckos, they can climb walls. New Scientist reports, “The adhesives are covered in minute rubber spikes that grip firmly onto the wall as the robot climbs. When pressure is applied, the spikes bend, increasing their surface area and thus …

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Stanford: Offshore wind farms could tame hurricanes

Computer simulations by Professor Mark Z. Jacobson have shown that offshore wind farms with thousands of wind turbines could have sapped the power of three real-life hurricanes, significantly decreasing their winds and accompanying storm surge, and possibly preventing billions of dollars in damages.  

Stanford University: A safe way to transfer energy to medical chips in the body

Electrical engineer Ada Poon has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body. The technology could provide a path toward new medical devices.  

Doug Arent: Renewable Electricity Futures

Published on Jul 25, 2013 (November 26, 2012) Doug Arent explains the Renewable Electricity Futures Study and its goal of finding a renewable energy supply that can meet the electricity demands of the contiguous United States. Talk hosted by Stanford University.  

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

FILMED JUN 2013 • POSTED SEP 2013 • TEDGlobal 2013 TED presents Kelly McGonigal who is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. She talks about stress, that has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. McGonigal urges us …

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