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Stanford Interdisciplinary

A culture of collaboration drives innovative discoveries in areas vital to our world, our health and our intellectual life.

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What does the great engineering school of the future look like?

Stanford School of Engineering charts a vision for the future across three critical areas: research, education and culture.

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Odds are good that risky gambling choices are influenced by a single brain connection, Stanford research shows

Whether a person will place a risky bet comes down to a newly discovered tract of neurons spanning two brain regions. The findings could help understand and treat gambling or addiction disorders.

muscle probe attached to person's arm / Kurt Hickman

Stanford researchers develop microscope that allows first-ever look at live muscle units in action

The basic process of force-generation in muscle has been known for decades, but until now no one has ever seen it work at a microscopic level in a living human. The new microscope could provide unique insights into treating muscular degenerative diseases.  

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Building collaboration at Stanford

The Clark Center began a trend of creating spaces where interdisciplinary interaction produces innovative discoveries.

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Stanford scientists develop 'Shazam for earthquakes'

A new algorithm designed to find matching seismic signals in large earthquake databases could find previously missed microquakes.

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Stanford scholars spy history of capitalist culture in Bond film songs

A musicologist and a literary scholar find a unique window into the evolution of capitalism and changing attitudes toward work in 50 years of James Bond movie theme songs.

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Climate change requires new conservation models, Stanford scientists say

In a world transformed by climate change and human activity, Stanford scientists say that conserving biodiversity and protecting species will require an interdisciplinary combination of ecological and social research methods.

student Meghan Shea diving with jellyfish in the Pacific / Meghan Shea

Stanford students spend summer seeking environmental solutions

A unique grant program provides mentorship for students doing solutions-oriented environmental fieldwork around the world and vital research assistance for faculty.

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Tension helps heart cells develop normally in the lab, according to Stanford engineers

Scientists have discovered that getting stem cells to mimic normal adult heart cells – a critical step for eventually using them to test drugs – requires tension and a specific shape.