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Stanford Literary Lab uses digital humanities to study why we feel suspense

Mark Algee-Hewitt and a team of grad students combine tools of textual analysis with the emotional experience of reading to uncover what creates suspense in stories.

Escondido Village housing project moves ahead with revisions

Alina Luk and Jordan Shapiro

Stanford students among winners of new scholarship for study in China

Two Stanford students are among the 100 students from around the world named 2016 Schwarzman Scholars. The program provides scholarships for a one-year master's degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The program is inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship.

Bill Behrman teaching journalism class

Discovery in the data: Stanford's data journalism program advances the storytelling form

Stanford's data journalism program blends the power of big data with journalistic training in the craft of storytelling. Students and faculty are crossing disciplines to enhance the way news stories are told in the digital age.

Three alumna meet at Reunion Homecoming. /Photo: L.A. Cicero

Lure of the Farm: Alumni, families celebrate Reunion Homecoming

As nearly 7,000 alumni return to campus, Stanford photographers capture some of the long-weekend highlights.  

Zachary Brown in kayak approaching the Hobbit Hole, Alaska / Zachary Brown

Stanford grad's trek on the edge of wilderness

Zachary Brown defended his thesis, then traveled 2,300 miles by foot and by kayak to establish an Alaskan field school, where he hopes to inspire the next generation's understanding of the environment.  

Graduate student Yiyang Li and undergraduate Sophie Meyer in the lab / Norbert von der Groeben

Battery experiments highlight Stanford's dual mission of teaching and research

Teaching and research come together when a PhD student guides an undergraduate through two years of tests that confound two decades of assumptions on lithium-ion battery design.

Aerial view of Lake Oroville in July 2015 showing low water level due to drought conditions in California / Paul Hames/DWR

A very strong El Niño is increasing the likelihood of a wet winter during California's record drought, Stanford scientists say

But it might not be enough to end California's worst drought on record, say Earth scientists Noah Diffenbaugh and Daniel Swain.  

Homestake Mine / Rachel Harris

Stanford scientists see how the brain makes environmental decisions

Brain scans reveal that negative emotional responses can powerfully drive decisions to protect environmental resources.

Antarctic coastline / Andreea Dragomir/Shutterstock

Ice sheets may be more resilient than thought, say Stanford scientists

Stanford study suggests that today's ice sheets may be more resilient to increased carbon dioxide levels than previously thought.