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Evolutionary theory of economic decisions

When survival over generations is the end game, researchers say it makes sense to undervalue long shots that could be profitable and overestimate the likelihood of rare bad outcomes.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory —

SLAC’s new X-ray beamline aids COVID-19 research

Scientists are deploying this state-of-the-art X-ray crystallography facility to study biological molecules related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stanford Earth —

Exploring the sustainability of the Indian sugar industry

Researchers analyzed the interconnected food, water and energy challenges that arise from the sugar industry in India – the second-largest producer of sugar worldwide – and how the political economy drives those challenges.

COVID-19 opportunities

The researchers hypothesize outcomes of the pandemic’s unprecedented socioeconomic disruption, and outline research priorities for advancing our understanding of humans’ impact on the environment.

Stanford Earth —

Stanford Earth Young Investigators high school internship program goes virtual

Stanford Earth’s summer internships have been redesigned from in-person, one-on-one mentorships to an online lecture series due to COVID-19 restrictions. An unexpected side effect is that more local high school students are being exposed to research opportunities in the environmental sciences than ever before.