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Cash aid to households is most effective in reducing insurgency threats, Stanford research shows

Stanford researcher Joseph Felter found that direct cash assistance to households in the Philippines decreased insurgent-led conflicts and weakened their influence in those villages.

man in hazmat suit pointing to damaged Fukushima reactor / Greg Webb/IAEA

Fukushima five years later: Stanford nuclear expert offers three lessons from the disaster

Rethink our language, reassess natural disaster risks and appreciate the links between nuclear energy and renewables.

Condoleezza Rice and Michael McFaul at OpenXChange panel / L.A. Cicero

Stanford political scientists discuss diplomacy and foreign policy amid global turmoil

Stanford foreign policy experts discussed flashpoints around the world at an OpenXChange event this week.

Chuck Eesley / Rod Searcey

Stanford professor explains the secret sauce for successful startups in China

Research by Charles Eesley shows that funding is only one part of the complex entrepreneurial ecosystem, and that an innovative product isn't necessarily enough for success.

tree plantation and natural forest in Chile / Robert Heilmayr

Stanford researchers find effective recipe for slowing deforestation: Companies and environmentalists working together

Collaborative efforts to reduce deforestation were more than twice as effective as "confrontational" programs developed by either industry or nongovernmental organizations, according to a first-of-its kind study.

Africa from space

Stanford researchers use dark of night and machine learning to shed light on global poverty

An interdisciplinary team of Stanford scientists is identifying global poverty zones by comparing daytime and nighttime satellite images in a novel way.

official portraits of Shinzo Abe and Barack Obama / AKIRA/ITOH; Pete Souza

Culture shapes how leaders smile, Stanford research shows

Stanford psychologist Jeanne Tsai found that the more a particular country's culture values excitement, the more its political leaders show enthusiastic smiles. On the other hand, when the specific culture emphasizes calm, those leaders show more reserved smiles.

Aerial view of jungle park

Stanford scholar unearths conflicted human history of South America's great natural wonder

Debra Perrone looking down at Kotmale Dam, Sri Lanka / Dawn Ruth

Stanford researcher creates method to measure resource tradeoffs in times of drought

A new computer model developed by a Stanford scientist can be used by resource managers around the world to weigh food and energy tradeoffs when water is scarce.

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.