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Thinking Small: A Historical Perspective on the Current Miniaturization of Fusion

  To many in the general public today, the concept of “nuclear fusion” evokes a sense of strange, distant, otherworldly awe. Even in recent pop culture, Marvel’s cinematic Iron Man franchise uses this property of fusion reactors to augment the sleek, futuristic feel of Tony Stark’s suit. Yet despite its long relegation to science fiction, a few small organizations–including one

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The Unexpected Influence of Camel Herders on Modern Contraception

More females than ever are using intrauterine devices (IUDs) as their primary form of contraception. Among contraceptive users ages 15-44, IUD prevalence jumped from 5.6% in 2002 to 11.8% in 2014.[1] This trend highlights an interesting shift in women’s reproductive health and pays homage to an ancient practice.[2] To understand how IUDs fit into today’s society, we have to first

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Treating Post-ICU Brain Dysfunction with Empathy

  Until recently, there was one goal of care in medical, surgical, cardiovascular, and trauma ICUs: to save the patient’s life. Physicians across the board agree that critical illness requiring a stay in an intensive care unit (ICU) is life-changing. But within the last few decades, healthcare professionals have become more and more aware of the suffering of the many

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“Scientists like to gossip about Science” and other insights with Dr. Joseph Lipsick

  My favorite class I’ve taken at Stanford thus far happened freshman fall. After the class ended, I got to sit down with my professor, Dr. Joseph Lipsick, and learn a little more about his life, his research, and the MD-PhD life. Here’s some background info to keep you on-track: His lab, Lipsick Laboratory, is studying a group of genes

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