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The global oil price drop may last for the next couple decades, Stanford economist says

Stanford economist Frank Wolak says the drop in oil prices and demand reflects heightened energy production in North America, better technologies and the declining market power of the OPEC countries.

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Stanford offers admission to 2,144 students, expands financial aid program

Stanford has extended undergraduate admission offers to the Class of 2019 and announced an increase in financial aid. Now, parents with annual family incomes below $125,000 and typical assets will be expected to pay no Stanford tuition.

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Oprah Winfrey to deliver annual Stanford lecture on a meaningful life

Oprah Winfrey will serve as the Rathbun Visiting Fellow and speak Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Church. Free student, faculty and staff tickets will be available by lottery.

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Stanford researchers solve the mystery of the dancing droplets

Years of research satisfy a graduate student's curiosity about the molecular minuet he observed among drops of ordinary food coloring.  

Portrait of James Baldwin

Stanford English professor shines new light on pioneering writer and activist James Baldwin

From jazz to theater to children's books, Stanford Professor Michele Elam's forthcoming edited volume explores the panoramic career of one of America's most influential voices in matters of race and art.

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Learn math without fear, Stanford expert says

Professor Jo Boaler says students most effectively learn "math facts" working on problems they enjoy, rather than through exercises and drills they fear. Timed testing and blind memorization damage children's experience of math, she says.

Little Panoche Reservoir and Dam during drought in Feb 2014 / Florence Low

Causes of California drought linked to climate change, Stanford scientists say

The extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California's crippling drought are far more likely to occur under today's global warming conditions than in the climate that existed years ago.  

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Hallucinatory 'voices' shaped by local culture, Stanford anthropologist says

Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann found that voice-hearing experiences of people with serious psychotic disorders are shaped by local culture – in the U.S., the voices are harsh and threatening; in Africa and India, they are more benign and playful.

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Stanford research shows pitfalls of homework

A Stanford researcher found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance and even alienation from society.

'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says

This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.  

Lifelong debunker takes on arbiter of neutral choices

Persi Diaconis has spent much of his life turning scams inside out. In 1962, the then 17-year-old sought to stymie a Caribbean casino that was allegedly using shaved dice to boost house odds in games of chance. In the mid-1970s, the upstart statistician exposed some key problems in ESP research and debunked a handful of famed psychics. Now a Stanford professor of mathematics and statistics, Diaconis has turned his attention toward simpler phenomena: determining whether coin flipping is random. Could a simple coin toss -- used routinely to decide which team gets the ball, for instance -- actually be rigged?