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  • Stanford quantifies the privacy-stripping power of metadata

    Stanford quantifies the privacy-stripping power of metadata

    More proof, if proof were needed, of the privacy-stripping power of metadata. A multi-year crowdsourced study, conducted by Stanford scientists and published this week, underlines how much information can be inferred from basic phone logs cross-referenced with other public datasets. Read More

  • Stanford Uses Virtual Reality To Make Its Heisman Pitch For Christian McCaffrey

    Stanford Uses Virtual Reality To Make Its Heisman Pitch For Christian McCaffrey

    Whether you’re a sports fan or not, it’s hard not getting excited around bowl season in college football. More exciting than that is watching all of the teams push their own candidates for the Heisman Trophy, given out to this year’s best NCAA football player. Read More

  • Stanford Researchers Treat Autism With Google Glass

    Stanford Researchers Treat Autism With Google Glass

    As Google retools its Glass experiment, researchers at Stanford are using the device to help autistic children recognize and classify emotions. In a small office buried inside an administrative building at Stanford, Catalin Voss and Nick Haber are pairing face-tracking technology with machine learning to build at-home treatments for autism. The Autism Glass Project, a part of the Wall Lab in… Read More

  • Reid Hoffman to Teach “Blitzscaling” at Stanford This Fall

    Reid Hoffman to Teach “Blitzscaling” at Stanford This Fall

    You might wonder how, exactly, 13-year-old LinkedIn became a $25 billion company. It wasn’t the first social network. The company admits that, even today, people find it very confusing. Plenty of ambitious competitors have sprung up to take on the company. Yet they’ve all been smoked, eventually, by LinkedIn. It’s a familiar story in the Bay Area, where many… Read More

  • Micro Tug Robots Can Pull Objects 2,000 Times Their Own Weight

    Micro Tug Robots Can Pull Objects 2,000 Times Their Own Weight

    Like the noble ant or the sassy-yet-lovable tugboat, Micro Tugs can pull more than their own weight. The robots, which come from Stanford’s Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab, use a “controllable adhesive” plate that sticks to surfaces only when shear pressure is applied. In one case a 12 gram robot was able to pull objects 2,000 times its own weight. Read More

  • Stanford Scientists Demo Promising Aluminum-Ion Battery

    Stanford Scientists Demo Promising Aluminum-Ion Battery

    Scientists at Stanford University have developed a prototype bendable battery made from aluminum that charges very quickly, is long lasting and offers safety advantages over lithium cells given the materials used in the battery are less volatile and do not catch fire if perforated. Read More

  • Our Top Five Startups At StartX’s Fall 2014 Demo Day

    Our Top Five Startups At StartX’s Fall 2014 Demo Day

    StartX, the Stanford-funded and affiliated incubator, just held its demo day for the Fall 2014 batch of startups at its headquarters in Palo Alto. The companies presenting ran the gamut from bitcoin and cybersecurity to open source machine learning. Read More

  • The MBAs Are Fleeing, Should SF Be Worried?

    The MBAs Are Fleeing, Should SF Be Worried?

    Bubble, bubble, bubble. Are we in one, are we already done with one, are we getting closer to one? These questions have the dual benefit of being completely impossible to answer while having a high enough salience to tech readers to ensure that the almighty advertising machine gets stoked for another cycle. Let’s throw some more coal into the fire. We already had our massive discussion… Read More