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Get a taste (or a feast) of curated intellectual content from Stanford+Connects events and the Stanford community at large. Browse our constantly updated top picks of Stanford-related articles, videos, photos and podcasts, all summarized and tagged to make it easy for you to hone in on whatever interests you most.

  • Scientists created a bionic man by pulling together prosthetics and other materials we can replace in the human body. Why can’t we replace all of our organs and body parts? In this talk, Professor Sarah Heilshorn shows us the potential the field of materials science offers for the future of medicine.

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  • Wouldn’t it be amazing to create new synapses in our brains as we age? Professor Shatz shares some of her research advances at the neural level around a novel receptor, PirB. Advances in this work has implications for improving brain plasticity, learning, memory and neurological disorders.

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  • By studying supercentenarians, humans living 110 years or more, researchers hope to learn the secrets to longevity. Professor Stuart Kim believes the key to extending life lies within our genetic code. In this talk, he shares some of his lab's advances in developmental biology in doubling the lifespan of a nematode.

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  • The face is a central part of human identity and experience. Professor Jill Helms shares how it evolves over time and the many stages that can result in deformations such as cleft palates. She explores the meaning of the face and how Stanford seeks to repair scarred tissue through regenerated skin and how humans face disfigurement through social and psychological rehabilitation.

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  • "Whatever the midlife dip of happiness is in humans, it probably transcends the specifics of human culture and psyche, and instead taps into something much deeper and older."

    Before you pull the trigger on that new sports car, consider that you're not alone in your middle-aged malaise. As Professor Robert Sapolsky writes, it's not just other humans, but also apes, that feel your pain: "Man Isn't Alone; Apes Also Suffer Midlife Crises."

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