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pit made to simulate permanent wetlands / Scott Fendorf

Stanford scientists solve mystery of arsenic release into groundwater

Bacteria living in shallow sediment layers of permanently flooded wetlands in Asia drive arsenic release into water by feeding on freshly deposited plant material, a new study finds.

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Prospects brighten a bit for improved China-Taiwan relationship, Stanford's Asia experts say

The November meeting of Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou will have at least one lasting effect as Taiwan elections loom in January.

Windmills in a windfarm / Photo: Philip May/Wikimedia

Stanford study finds promise in expanding renewables based on results in three major economies

A new Stanford study found that renewable energy can make a major and increasingly cost-effective contribution to alleviating climate change.

Close-up of a mosquito on human skin. / Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim, Wikimedia Commons

Biologists develop novel antiviral approach to preventing viral infections that cause dengue fever

By targeting fundamental cellular machinery, the antiviral approach developed in Judith Frydman's lab at Stanford could provide a roadmap to preventing infections that affect hundreds of millions of people every year.

Herb Lin portrait / Photo: Rod Searcey

Stanford cybersecurity expert analyzes Anonymous' hacking attacks on ISIS

By hacking ISIS, Anonymous could throw a wrench into the terror group's activities, and although this type of vigilante-style hacking is illegal in the United States, it's doubtful that anyone would be punished.

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Paris attacks represent strategic shift by Islamic State group, Stanford experts say

Stanford terrorism experts say Islamic State attacks in Paris signal that the terrorist group seeks to expand operations well beyond the borders of Iraq and Syria so it can bring about a global, apocalyptic war with the West.

Students lighting candles at vigil/ Photo: Tamer Shabani

At Stanford, vigil held for terror victims in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad

Some 200 members of the Stanford community braved cold and wind to stand in solidarity Sunday night with victims of the recent Islamic State terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad.

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Russia seeks to demonstrate military prowess in Syria, Stanford scholar says

Political scientist Kathryn Stoner does not expect a new Cold War between the U.S. and Russia over the Syrian conflict. But Russia is clearly sending a message it wants to be a global power again, she says.

Secretary of State Kerry at TPP meeting

Trans-Pacific Partnership likely to open markets but may produce tougher import competition, Stanford scholar says

Stanford economist Michael Boskin says the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership should expand trade and increase growth in the U.S., though some businesses and workers may encounter stiffer competition from imported goods.

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Stanford researchers develop new way to measure crop yields from space

A Stanford-led team has used satellites to measure a special light emitted by plants to estimate crop yields with more accuracy than ever before.