Stanford in the News

In short-lived fish, secrets to aging

This article describes research by Itamar Harel, postdoctoral scholar in genetics, and Anne Brunet, professor of genetics, on the turquoise killifish.

Invasion of the friendly movie robots

This article quotes J. Kenneth Salisbury, professor (research) of computer science and professor (research) of surgery, on humanity's desire to make things sentient.

Five loopholes that could undermine net neutrality

This article quotes Barbara van Schewick, associate professor at the law school, on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to reclassify broadband Internet connectivity as a telecom service rather than as an information service.

Why your potential could be more important than your accomplishments

This article quotes Zakary Tormala, associate professor at the Graduate School of Business and co-author with alumna Jayson Jia and Michael Norton of Harvard Business School of a study that found people tend to favor potential over demonstrated results.

Building a face, and a case, on DNA

This article quotes Duana Fullwiley, associate professor of anthropology, on her concerns that widespread DNA phenotyping could contribute to racial profiling.

Rethinking the seasonal strategy

This article quotes Liran Einav, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on how a notable difference between high- and low-season box-office receipts is the result of Hollywood's clustering its big releases.

Buffett nears top of elder-CEO club as US executives reach 80s

This article quotes David Larcker, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on why many of the oldest CEOs maintain control of their companies well into their 80s.

Stanford professor wins Oscar for science of destroying things

This article notes that Ron Fedkiw, professor of computer science, was among the recipients of the Academy's science and technology awards.

Football's LA trick play

This article quotes Roger Noll, professor emeritus of economics, on how professional football leagues generally try to have fewer teams than the number of locations that would like to have them.

More-accurate cancer tests based on computer math

This article quotes Abbas El Gamal, professor of electrical engineering, on the similarities between trying to filter and compress digital data over copper wires or wireless systems and sifting through massive amounts of genomic data looking for cancer.

Humans, other animals are evolving larger bodies

This article features a new study co-authored by Jonathan Payne, associate professor of geological and environmental sciences, and Noel Heim, basic life science research associate in geological and environmental sciences, that found that animal lineages tend to increase in body size over time.

Why Wal-Mart raised its wages

This article quotes Nicholas Bloom, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on how Wal-Mart's recently announced pay increase for its employees shows the success of continued pressure by wage campaign groups that have been pressuring the company for many years.

Fifty years after his death, Malcolm X speaks to the current moment

This article quotes Clayborne Carson, professor of history and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, on the similarities and differences between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart's US workers to get pay raises

This article quotes Edward Lazear, professor at the Graduate School of Business and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on Wal-Mart's recent decision to raise pay for nearly a half-million workers and offer what it says are more opportunities for advancement.

Using 'pseudoscience' to undermine same-sex parents

This article quotes Michael Rosenfeld, associate professor of psychology, on how research has found a scholarly consensus that children raised by same-sex couples are at no important disadvantage.

White House struggles on immigration ruling

This article quotes Michael McConnell, professor of law and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on the Obama administration's difficulty in countering legal arguments made by a Texas judge's ruling regarding immigration.

How the Internet may be shifting innovation away from big cities

This article cites research co-authored by Jay Bhattacharya, professor of medicine, senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and lecturer in economics, and Stanford alumnus Mikko Packalen of the University of Waterloo, on their findings that during the 20th century, inventions in large U.S. cities built on recent advances much more often than comparable inventions in smaller U.S. cities.

Survival for some endangered species hinges on 'Frozen Zoo'

This article quotes Paul Ehrlich, professor of biology and senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, on the Frozen Zoo, the largest gene bank of its kind, and the need for the world to address the root causes of endangered species.

Malcolm X's death froze separatist image in time

This article quotes Clayborne Carson, professor of history and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, on suggesting that Malcolm X be remembered not as a firebrand but as an inspiration to understand and be vigilant about liberties for all.

One-star restaurant reviews show signs of trauma, linguists say

This article features a recent study by Dan Jurafsky, professor of linguistics and of computer science, which found that diners who left one-star reviews on the website Yelp adopted the same phrases as trauma victims, using the past tense to distance themselves from the event, and terms such as "we" and "us" to share the pain.

White House warns tech world that Sony-style hacks 'could become the norm'

This article features President Barack Obama's recent visit to Stanford for a White House cybersecurity summit.

A film studio for the age of virtual reality

This article quotes Jeremy Bailenson, associate professor of communication and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on virtual reality as an exciting medium for short live-action films.

Obama calls for new cooperation to wrangle the 'Wild West' Internet

This article features President Barack Obama's recent visit to Stanford for a White House cybersecurity summit.

Obama calls on Silicon Valley to help thwart cyber attacks

This article features President Barack Obama's recent visit to Stanford for a White House cybersecurity summit.

A new mobile map captures 'Internet of moving things'

This article quotes Balaji Prabhakar, professor of electrical engineering and of computer science, on a data-intensive mapping service from Urban Engines, of which he is a founder.