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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  — Can a macho workplace shed its machismo?  It happened on an oil rig, that most macho of work environments, say researchers who found that crew members on an offshore platform toned down their bluster and macho as they concentrated on a company program to improve workplace safety. Robin J. [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – With specificity and precision, the brain’s Visual Word Form Area, or VWFA, does exactly what its name implies. Every time we see something that looks like a word, it activates. The VWFA is so adept at packaging visual input for the brain’s language centers that the task of word-recognition only takes a [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — It was the wildest of wild rides. In mid-January of 2007, crude oil futures on the NYMEX Exchange closed at $52 a barrel. Eighteen months later, a relentless climb had pushed prices to an all-time, inflation-adjusted high of $145 a barrel. World markets panicked, and analysts predicted that we’d [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Ever wonder why that government clerk was so rude and condescending? Or why the mid-level manager at your company always doles out the most demeaning tasks? Or, on a more profound level, why the guards at Abu Ghraib tortured and humiliated their prisoners? In a new study, researchers at [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Your husband says he wants a woodworking router for his birthday but you really think he’d be more impressed with a pair of 50-yard line football tickets. Guess again. When it comes to gift giving, most people are simply not paying enough attention to what others want. They miss [...]

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STANFORD SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING—Structural engineer Jeremy Isenberg has a vivid appreciation for how the 9/11 attacks have affected his profession: He was in Manhattan on the day two jetliners exploded into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.  “I was riding the subway into work when they stopped the train and unloaded us,” recalls [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY—Many of us have too much junk shoved into our closets, but according to a report released Friday by the National Research Council, we Earthlings also have way too much junk orbiting our planet—and it is becoming a serious hazard. Space debris, remnants of various human-made spacecraft, along with naturally occurring material, or meteoroids [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY –  Natural gas currently provides more than a quarter of the energy used in the United States and that fraction is likely to continue growing, along with safety and environmental concerns about the process used to extract the resource. Earlier this year, President Obama instructed Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to put together [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Preserving just 4% of the ocean could protect crucial habitat for the vast majority of marine mammal species, from sea otters to blue whales, according to researchers at Stanford University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Their findings were published in the Aug. 16 edition of the Proceedings of the National [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — In 2010 a young San Francisco company was nagging uninsured teenagers with severe asthma into being healthier. The firm, BeWell Mobile, offered customized disease management software via devices like cell phones, and was trying to grow. An eight month study of the effectiveness of the BeWell system asked the [...]

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