If you cracked open a dictionary and looked up the word “couch potato” prior to me coming to Stanford, my name would have been written all over the page. So when I joined Stanford Women in Rugby and realized I could only run .2 seconds until fading from existence, I decided to start running everyday. I own an Apple Watch (thanks Costco sales!) and love tracking how many miles I have run and how many calories I burn from it. But I started to wonder just how much should I believe my watch…
Plants have a sophisticated machinery to convert solar energy from sunlight into chemical energy and food. The visual system of organisms, based on photosensitive proteins and transduction, helps organisms find food and survive. Jellyfish bioluminescence improve survival and reproduction. Thus, optogenetics, a new frontier in light-activated therapies, is just an extension of light as a driving force in natural evolution.
Sound Machines 2.0 is not a techno punk rock band. It’s not even a human music group – it’s a self-playing, auto-composing robot quintet, designed by the engineering firm Festo. By using advanced artificial intelligence technology, this “band” analyzes the acoustic fingerprints of existing musical pieces and then generates and executes its own original compositions.
This past spring, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the University of Sheffield designed a miniature ingestible robot that unfolds inside a patient to act as a micro-surgeon, performing rudimentary non-invasive operating procedures.
Biochemist and neurobiologist Michael Lin is developing smart biological therapies that may finally provide the “magic bullet” for cancer. He sat down with Probe Magazine to discuss his dreams and current research projects, and give a few words of advice to STEM students.
Short for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”, CRISPR is a DNA-based system that allows the user to have unparalleled control and precision in genome editing. CRISPR applications are constantly being refined as new research, particularly from Stanford, helps increase our understanding of this system.