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This article features Dan Jurafsky, professor of linguistics and of computer science, on his research featured in his recent book "The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu."

Worry for solar projects after end of tax credits

This article quotes Dan Reicher, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and professor of the practice of law, on the "serious political challenge" of a long-term extension of the Investment Tax Credit subsidy, which will remain in place until the end of 2016.

Not working

This article cites Mark Duggan, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on suggesting with David Autor of MIT that the United States expand private disability coverage, thus giving employers an incentive to keep workers working and speeding the return of the disabled.

Smart, low-income students who shun good colleges

This article cites research findings by Caroline Hoxby, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Christopher Avery of Harvard University, that many bright, economically disadvantaged U.S. students end up at colleges with poor graduation track records and limited resources, even if they could attend better institutions and pay less money after receiving financial aid.

Keystone XL pipeline may force Republicans to embrace climate change

This article quotes Jon Krosnick, professor of communication and of political science and senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute, on how Republicans could attract more independent supporters if this week's votes are seen as an evolving attitude on climate science, even if only a small wing of the party blames man-made emissions for some of the world's warming.

At the fulcrum of preventing another financial crisis

This article quotes Anat Admati, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on banks' easier access to funding than other types of businesses.

A working from home experiment shows high performers like it better

This article is co-authored by Nicholas Bloom, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and John Roberts, professor emeritus at the Graduate School of Business, on their experiment with Ctrip, China's largest travel agent, about the effects of work-from-home policies.

Will falling oil prices kill wind and solar power?

This article is an interview with Steven Chu, former U.S. secretary of energy, professor of physics and of molecular and cellular physiology, and co-awardee of the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics, on the future of energy.

Why can't robots understand sarcasm?

This article quotes Noah Goodman, assistant professor of psychology, on the need for humans to improve their understanding of sarcasm before programming the capacity for sarcasm in artificial intelligence-capable machines; also quotes Sebastian Thrun, professor (research) of computer science.

To some in California, founder of church missions is far from saint

This article quotes Albert Camarillo, professor of history, on the differing perspectives of many Catholics and many American Indians on colonization in Americas.

Welcome back to the bad old days of American politics -- only worse

This article is written by Richard White, professor of history, on the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which has provoked conflicts around money in politics and political speech.

Facebook touts its 'economic impact' but economists question numbers

This article quotes Roger Noll, professor emeritus of economics, on Facebook as "an effect, not a cause, of the growth of Internet access and use."

How to talk to your kids about Martin Luther King [Jr.] any day of the year

This article quotes Clayborne Carson, professor of history and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, on suggesting that parents take a look at Martin Luther King Jr.'s childhood to begin talking with kids about King and his legacy.

Is this summer's leap second the next Y2K or what?

This article quotes Keith Winstein, assistant professor of computer science, on the upcoming "leap second," added to sync the atomic clock and "universal time," which uses the Earth and sun as one big clock.

Practice personalities: What an avatar can teach you

This article quotes Jeremy Bailenson, associate professor of communication and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on how people get the same psychological response when they see another avatar as they would when they see a real person face-to-face.

Obama's views on race anchored on US capacity to change

This article quotes James Campbell, professor of history, on comparing the similarities and differences between the oratory of President Barack Obama and that of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ridiculing of leaders through satire has a long history

This article quotes Alexander Key, assistant professor of comparative literature, on the literary tradition of satirical stories literary as rich and varied, and in the form of poetry and prose.

Sixth extinction proves slower at sea

This article quotes Stephen Palumbi, professor of and director at the Hopkins Marine Station and senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, on co-authoring a new study that found humans are on the verge of committing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them; however, there is still time to avoid catastrophe.

The working poor confound the experts

This article quotes Robert Hall, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on his calculations with Nicolas Petrosky-Nadeau of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco that despite the drop in Americans' labor force participation rate, low-income families are the only ones whose participation rate has risen.

If birds in a truck fly, does the truck get lighter?

This article quotes David Lentink, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, on designing with his team a system for measuring the aerodynamic forces generated by an untethered bird in flight.

The weird science of naming new products

This article quotes Will Leben, professor emeritus of linguistics, on studying whether sounds convey physical properties.

Why changing careers is so hard

This article cites a new working paper by Paul Oyer, professor at the Graduate School of Business, and Camelia Kuhnen of the University of North Carolina, which found that firms, particularly small and less prestigious ones, often default to referrals and direct industry experience when hiring.

Terror in France: implications for Muslim integration

This article is co-authored by David Laitin, professor of political science; Claire Adida of the University of California, San Diego; and Marie-Anne Valfort of the Paris School of Economics, on the implications of the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher massacres will be for Muslim integration in France, and suggests solutions. Laitin, Adida and Valfort are also co-authors of the forthcoming "Why Muslim Integration Fails."

Teamsters seek to organize more tech-shuttle drivers

This article quotes William B. Gould IV, professor emeritus at the law school and former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, on the Teamsters' efforts to unionize the drivers of shuttle buses that transport Silicon Valley employees.

What you 'like' on Facebook gives away your personality.

This article features a study co-authored by Michal Kosinski, postdoctoral scholar in computer science, and Youyou Wu at Cambridge, which found that a machine-learning algorithm can now predict human personality types, based on a subject's Facebook "likes," more accurately than could their friends and family, and nearly as well as their spouse.