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Scientists Grow 3D Mini-Brains to Learn About the Real Thing

Researchers hope that growing tiny brains from repurposed skin cells will lead to new treatments for neurological disorders.

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The idea of a laboratory-grown brain has long been the purview of mad scientists in b-movie horror flicks. Now, a team of researchers has taken what once belonged to science fiction, and brought it squarely into the realm of scientific fact. They’ve taken skin cells, and—through a complicated stimulation process—coaxed them to develop into tiny biological facsimiles of the human brain.

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Students from Middle-Class Families May Qualify for Free Tuition from Stanford

The 5 percent admission rate is another discussion.

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If you’ve got a quarter of a million dollars laying around, congratulations, you can probably afford to attend or send your kid on an all-expenses-paid four-year college education at Stanford—and a nice new car, to boot. But for those who can’t afford the estimated $230,000-plus in tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other supplies, the university may have just made getting that top-notch degree much more feasible for middle-class families.

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Surfing Robot Tells Scientists Where the Sharks Are

Stanford University marine biologists are using a surfing robot to track the migratory patterns of great white sharks.

Surfers may unwillingly be the first to know when a great white shark approaches the shore, but it's now the full-time job of a robotic surfer to keep tabs on these aquatic predators. Researchers at Stanford University have enlisted a Wave Glider robot in their efforts to track the migratory patterns of great white sharks off the California coast, near San Francisco. They're bringing that data into the non-scientist's pocket with a shark-tracking iPhone app to raise awareness for their work.

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Manor Texas, population 6,500, is probably not the first place that comes to mind when discussing the future of augmented reality or open source collaboration. But it should be. Manor Labs, the city’s open research and development platform, may be the most comprehensive effort by a government (however small) to leverage technology to engage its citizens.

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