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Regional News from Stanford University - Europe
With my second quarter of med school about to begin, I made sure to take the time this holiday to engross myself in some good books before the rush of classes begins anew. High up on my reading list was one of my favorites, George Eliot’s Middlemarch, because its heftiness is also what my classmates and I might call “high-yield” – a shorthand way of saying that the wisdom I gain from its pages is well worth the effort of reading it.
Last week, the Paris Agreement, a global climate pact 23 years in the making, officially put into force unprecedented requirements for reducing emissions that fuel global climate change.
Now, representatives of 196 countries are in Marrakesh, Morocco, through Nov. 18 to hash out details of managing the pact and ensuring all signatories meet the goals they committed to, not only cutting carbon output but also financing adaptation in developing countries and other objectives (Paris Agreement highlights).
Last month, a 31-year-old named Ahmad cut himself 150 times all over his body. Stuck in a refugee camp on the border of Greece and Macedonia, he was overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness about the future. I spoke with Ahmad about his experiences, and he told me, “We’ve sown our mouths shut in protest of these conditions. We’ve committed suicide in desperation. Articles have been written. TV journalists have come and interviewed us. Then what? Nothing is being done. Our world reminds us every day that we are not worthy of life. We are less human than everyone else.
News Item “We have been very successful in training high-tech innovators in the last 15 years:” A look at Stanford Biodesign
In classic Silicon Valley style, it began with an informal group of about a dozen physicians and engineers wanting to invent new medical devices desperately needed by patients. They came together under the rubric Stanford Biodesign and began training others on the discipline of technology innovation.
News Item Maiden voyage of Stanford's humanoid robotic diver recovers treasures from King Louis XIV's wrecked flagship
Oussama Khatib held his breath as he swam through the wreck of La Lune, 100 meters below the Mediterranean. The flagship of King Louis XIV sank here in 1664, 20 miles off the southern coast of France, and no human had touched the ruins – or the countless treasures and artifacts the ship once carried – in the centuries since.
When the gambling impresario François Blanc arrived in Monaco in the spring of 1863, he encountered a barren, barely developed patch of land. There were three churches, a shabby hotel and a failing two-story casino. By the end of the century, Blanc had transformed the casino and built a train station, hotel, beach promenade and opera house to create the first modern casino resort – Monte Carlo.
Imagine arriving in a new country, belongings on your back, and being randomly assigned to live in a neighborhood. Perhaps, using San Francisco Bay Area examples, your new home is East Palo Alto, a city long plagued by crime and poverty. Or maybe you are whisked to Woodside, where your neighbors have horses and collections of Teslas.
That random assignment, which actually occurred to refugees who arrived in Sweden between 1987 and 1991, could have a major impact on your health, particularly, according to a new study, your likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes.