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Crop insurance in a warming world

Higher temperatures attributed to climate change caused payouts from the nation’s biggest farm support program to increase by $27 billion between 1991 and 2017, according to new estimates from Stanford researchers. Costs are likely to rise even further with the growing intensity and frequency of heat waves and other severe weather events.

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A new wildfire strategy for California

California may be headed for another record-breaking wildfire season. In a Q&A, Stanford experts discuss a blueprint for protecting communities.

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Grad wins fellowships to pursue bold innovation at MIT

Kartik Chandra, who studied computer science, English and physics at Stanford, won two fellowships that will support his graduate studies in electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Psychology Professor Emeritus Albert Bandura has died

Albert Bandura, the world-renowned social cognitive psychologist whose Bobo Doll experiments and theory of social learning transformed the field of psychology, has died at 95.

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Academic structure announced for new school focused on climate and sustainability

The new school will include transitional academic divisions, university-wide cross-cutting themes organized into institutes and an accelerator focused on solutions. Stanford is now launching the search for a dean to lead the new school.

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Steinbeck’s experimentalism explored

English Professor Gavin Jones’ new book examines John Steinbeck’s experimentalism, contending that the author’s portrayals of climate change and wealth inequality make him an important literary voice for today.

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Giant friction experiment at Kīlauea volcano

A new analysis of the 2018 collapse of Kīlauea volcano’s caldera helps to confirm the reigning scientific paradigm for how friction works on earthquake faults. The model quantifies the conditions necessary to initiate the kind of caldera collapse that sustains big, damaging eruptions of basaltic volcanoes like Kīlauea and could help to inform forecasting and mitigation.

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AI tool streamlines feedback on coding homework

Stanford professors develop and use an AI teaching tool that can provide feedback on students’ homework assignments in university-level coding courses, a previously laborious and time-consuming task.

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Undergraduates get a taste of Stanford Earth research

This summer, 19 undergraduate students are participating in faculty research projects through the Stanford Earth Summer Undergraduate Research program.

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First detection of light from behind a black hole

Fulfilling a prediction of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, researchers report the first-ever recordings of X-ray emissions from the far side of a black hole.

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