Is Influencing an Election "Political Science Malpractice"?

So here's an important question: How badly designed and how many obvious laws do you have to break in your study before you stop and re-design it? And is the resulting effect on elections malpractice? » 10/29/14 3:30am 10/29/14 3:30am

This interactive travel map of the Roman Empire is like Oregon Trail

Ever wondered how long it would take to travel from Rome to Constantinople at the peak of the Roman Empire? Or from Luna to Larissa? Or Parma to Thessalonica? This map of the Roman World created at Stanford University is awesomely realistic — all the ancient transportation lines on it actually existed 2,000 years ago. » 1/17/13 6:40am 1/17/13 6:40am

Why are women more likely to use public transportation than men?

Stanford has a fascinating new study of gender disparities in public transportation use. In a nutshell, women are way likelier than men to use public transportation — and this disparity is greater among Asians and African Americans than other groups. » 1/27/12 9:20am 1/27/12 9:20am

An objective way to measure pain? It's closer than you think.

Many doctors rely on patients to indicate levels of pain and discomfort, and while these self-reports are certainly subjective, they can still provide physicians with valuable clinical information. But what happens when patients are unable to talk with their doctors, like in cases of severe cognitive or communicative… » 9/13/11 3:21pm 9/13/11 3:21pm

Enroll in a free course on artificial intelligence, taught by two…

If you've ever wanted a world-class introduction to the basics of artificial intelligence, here's your chance. Every fall, engineering students at Stanford University can enroll in a class titled "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence." And now you can, too. » 8/26/11 1:37pm 8/26/11 1:37pm

Students and Faculty Reenact 500 Million Years of Earth History in…

Somewhere around 200 students and faculty gathered on a field at Stanford University last Saturday to re-enact half a billion years of plate tectonics. Costumed and organized in color-coded groups to represent the continents and oceans, the groups moved in sync to simulate Earth undergoing continental drift, complete… » 6/05/08 9:30am 6/05/08 9:30am

Will We Hold Robots Accountable for War Crimes?

Now that the military is using autonomous surveillance/combat robots created by iRobot, the company behind the Roomba robot vacuum, a strange question emerges: What do we do if a robot commits a war crime? This isn't idle speculation. An automated anti-aircraft cannon's friendly fire killed nine soldiers in South… » 1/17/08 1:00pm 1/17/08 1:00pm