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2 hrs ago | WNYC-AM New York

'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

The words we use for everyday foods contain clues to their origins and hint at their ancient travels across the globe as they merge, fuse and sometimes take on different forms altogether. Stanford University linguist Dan Jurafsky unpacked some of the history Friday with All Things Considered's Robert Siegel and in his book, The Language of Food .


Related Topix: Life, Food, Dining, Seafood, Recipes

2 hrs ago | Accuracy In Academia

Common Core's Revenge

The Pioneer Institute, a Massachusetts-based think tank, released a new study, "The Revenge of K-12: How Common Core and the New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S." to help parents, teachers, and policymakers understand the problems with the Common Core State Standards. Authors Robert Phelps and Common Core Validation Committee member R. James Milgram go in-depth on the background of the Common Core standards and the qualifications of the writers of the standards.


Related Topix: Standardized Testing, Education, Mathematics, Science, England, AR

6 hrs ago |

Peter Thiel On Why Everything Good Is Actually Bad And Vice Versa

I've been covering the business of news, information and entertainment in one form or another for more than 10 years. In February 2014, I moved to San Francisco to cover the tech beat.


Related Topix: San Francisco County, CA, San Francisco, CA, Startups, Facebook

6 hrs ago | JD Supra

Renewable Energy Update -- September 2014 #2

Politically "red" and "blue" states are increasingly turning green as they push energy efficiency and renewable power to save money and protect the planet, says a report today with prominent bi-partisan support. In the last two years alone, GOP-dominant red states have adopted policies that could serve as models for others seeking to meet proposed federal targets for reducing heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, according to the "State Clean Energy Cookbook" by Stanford University and the Hoover Institution.


Related Topix: Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy, Solar Energy, Nuclear Energy, San Diego County, CA

10 hrs ago | Star Phoenix

Renowned researcher to speak in Saskatoon

Saskatoon residents should be proud of the work being done at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron on the University of Saskatchewan campus, says an internationally renowned AIDS researcher in town for a series of public lectures. "It is very well-known in scientific circles," said Alex Wlodawer of the Washington D.C.-based National Cancer Institute, one of the largest health research bodies in the world.


Related Topix: Canada, HIV/AIDS, Health

13 hrs ago |

Who Do You Need On Your Startup Team?

I moved from being an entrepreneur to teaching entrepreneurship at U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, Columbia University and Caltech after 21 years in 8 high-tech startups. My book The Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup movement.


Related Topix: UC Berkeley, Columbia University

15 hrs ago | Pollution Online

New Stanford Report Features U.S. States Pioneering Effective...

With growing gridlock in Washington, states throughout the country both red and blue are implementing innovative renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs which could be adopted by their neighbors to improve their economies and reduce emissions cost-effectively, according to a new joint study by Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and Hoover Institution's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy. These policies could be particularly valuable as states develop plans to meet pending U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations to cut power plant carbon emissions.


Related Topix: Santa Clara County, CA, Stanford, CA, Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy, Environment, Science, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Science Daily

Study sheds new light on why batteries go bad

A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as researchers had thought -- and that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated. The results challenge the prevailing view that 'supercharging' batteries is always harder on battery electrodes than charging at slower rates.


Related Topix: Department of Energy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ars Technica

Microbial factories could produce locally brewed painkillers

The past few decades have seen enormous progress being made in synthetic biology-the idea that simple biological parts can be tweaked to do our bidding. One of the main targets has been hacking the biological machinery that nature uses to produce chemicals.


Related Topix: Drugs

Palo Alto Weekly

Debate: School board candidates answer additional questions

The video of this Sept. 11 debate is posted at the Palo Alto Online YouTube channel .


Related Topix: Santa Clara County, CA, Palo Alto, CA, Family, Kids

A Stanford trumpet, a Rose parade trombone: The stories behind instruments donated to Beaverton kids

Somewhere in Beaverton , a middle school student will play a trumpet that traveled to Japan, was marched across Stanford University's football stadium and played at a wedding reception. There's a trombone that was played in the Rose Festival's Grand Floral Parade , a flute whose owner struggled to part with it and a clarinet that was part of a talent show.


Related Topix: Whitford (Beaverton, OR), Beaverton, OR, Family, Kids, Canada, Oregon State University

Daily Kos

White Rage

Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute African American voting strength or seek to slash the government payrolls that have long served as sources of black employment.


Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama

The Washington Post

Common Core: yes or no? A debate.

Embrace the Common Core State Standards? Do not embrace the Common Core? That was the question in New York when four people - two for embracing and two against - participated in a recent debate about the controversial initiative. The event was sponsored by an organization called Intelligence Squared U.S. , which offers forums for debates and discussions of topical issues.


Related Topix: Family, Adolescents and Pre-Teens, The National, Entertainment, Television, Blog News, Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania

Sunday Herald

Harry Burns: UK faces increasing NHS privatisation and there is...

The claims and counter-claims being made about the economic consequences of independence confuse me. We have one Nobel Prize-winning economist saying independence would be the best thing for Scotland and another saying the complete opposite.


Related Topix: Opinion

Sat Sep 13, 2014

George Schultz: A dozen 'affordable, clean, and secure energy policies'

Salman Khan at the Hoover Institution's symposium on Blended Learning -- the integration of classroom teaching with online lectures, exercises, and tutorials that can viewed either at home or in the classroom at the student's own pace. Former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Schultz and other analysts at Stanford University's Hoover Institution Energy Policy Task Force, in collaboration with Stanford's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and with former US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair Jeff Bingaman, to take a comprehensive look at what policies are actually working in the United States in the efficient use of renewable energy.


Related Topix: Salman Khan, US News, US Senate, Jeff Bingaman, Democrat, US Politics, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy, Alternative Energy, Recipes


In Unseen Photos, a Clearer Picture of Robert Frank's America

The 1959 publication of photographer Robert Frank's The Americans was one of the milestones of 20th-century art - a creation that changed the world's perception both of art photography and of America itself. Now, an exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University provides new insight into this seminal work, offering a look at dozens of rarely-seen images made by Frank during the time he was shooting The Americans but not included in the book.


Related Topix: Arts, Photography

Fri Sep 12, 2014

South China Morning Post

Paul Chan's accusations of exam cheating 'still hurt', student says

Caitlin Lu said emails sent out by Paul Chan Mo-po and his wife, Frieda Hui Po-ming, in December 2011 targeted her and her brother Jonathan. The defamation trial of Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po and his wife yesterday heard from the young woman they allegedly falsely accused, along with her twin brother, of cheating in an exam at their daughter's school.


How Pat Flynn Made His First $3 Million In Passive Income

I'm a freelance writer who has published in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and others, and the author of the Forbes ebook "The Millennial Game Plan: Career And Money Secrets To Succeed In Today's World." I graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Stanford University and have a master of arts from Columbia University's School of Journalism.


Related Topix: Journalism, Columbia University

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Fight over World War II-era tank goes to court

A company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Bay Area over a World War II-era German tank it says it paid $2.5 million for, but never received. The Panzer IV tank was part of a fleet of military vehicles amassed by Stanford University -trained engineer Jacques Littlefield .


Related Topix: Startups, Stanford University, San Mateo County, CA, Portola Valley, CA

Author Pamela Gullard tells the story of Menlo College's 85 years set within each decade

Ever wonder how the tiny town of Atherton got a institution of higher learning and what goes on behind its gates? A new book about Menlo College filled with over 100 archival photos and reminiscences of staff and alumni reveals the answers. Titled Through the Gates: Eighty-five Years of Menlo College and its Times , the book sets the history of the college in the milieu of each decade.


Related Topix: Menlo College, San Mateo County, CA, Atherton, CA, Santa Clara County, CA, Palo Alto, CA, Portola Valley, CA