This Week in Stanford 2/14/11-2/20/11

Posted by at 9:28PM

I hope all of you are enjoying your long weekend. Here’s a quick mid-weekend update on Stanford-related news:

  • John McCarthy, professor emeritus of computer science, gets a shout-out in this article on the state of artificial intelligence surrounding IBM’s Watson competing on Jeopardy!. And if you didn’t hear, Skynet might be coming online soon
  • Michelle Wie, ’11 (I think), wrote this piece for the Peninsula Press about research from the Stanford Center on Longevity showing how household changes can reduce childhood obesity. Instead of eating in front of the TV, we recommend eating in front of you computer while readings The Unofficial Stanford Blog
  • Jung Il Choi, Mayank Jain and Kannan Srinivasan, EE grad students, have developed radios that can send and receive signals simultaneously, making signal sending much faster. No report on whether this can be used to more efficiently send signals to the cute girl across the bar from you
  • Fadi Quran, ’10, was quoted in this article on the role of Arab youths in today’s political and cultural climate
  • Craig Heller, biology professor, is quoted for research discovering that black bear body temperatures don’t drop much when their metabolism plummets during hibernation. So if you see a black bear hibernating, perhaps you’ll want to touch it and see for yourself: it probably won’t be hungry enough to eat you
  • Elias Aboujaoude, psychiatry professor, has a book on how our online personas are affecting our offline personas. I would make another cheeky remark here, except I’m worried that it might change me*

*too late!

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