Social Sciences

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Stanford's map center devoted to the 'joyful exploration of all things cartographic'

The David Rumsey Map Center, with more than 150,000 rare maps, atlases, globes and pocket maps, will celebrate its grand opening.

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Society needs to better understand the economics of climate change, Stanford researchers say

Gaps in social science knowledge of climate change constrain the policy impact of natural science research, a Stanford team argues.

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Scientists suggest appealing to human psychology to create solutions to climate change

Targeting aspects of human psychology that can create barriers to effective climate change action may be the key to promoting environmentally friendly choices in both individual practices and national policies, Stanford scientists say.

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Geography, income play roles in life expectancy, new Stanford research shows

Stanford economist Raj Chetty found that the link between income and life expectancy varies from one area to another within the United States. The gap between the country's rich and poor widened during the 2000s.

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National popular vote far better than Electoral College system for choosing presidents, Stanford professors say

The Electoral College distorts presidential campaigns, disenfranchises voters and drives partisanship, Stanford scholars say. They suggest constitutional reforms to adopt a single national popular vote where the one-person, one-vote concept applies.

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Changes in human reproduction raise legal, ethical issues, Stanford scholar says

The implications of emerging biotechnologies and what they mean for human reproduction and making babies raises legal, ethical and social issues, according to Stanford Law Professor Hank Greely.

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Populations of early human settlers grew like an 'invasive species,' Stanford researchers find

When humans colonized South America, an initial explosive population growth rapidly reached the environment's carrying capacity.

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Stanford historian examines age-old inquiry about what it means to be 'living'

In research covering four centuries of scientific debate, Stanford historian Jessica Riskin investigates different views of man and machine, and how this debate laid the groundwork for later theories of evolution and science.

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Stanford historical memory project seeks WWII reconciliation in Asia

A Stanford project encourages World War II reconciliation and historical accuracy about the conflict and its consequences in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and the United States. Progress has been made on classroom textbooks and scholarly discussions and exchanges.

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Moscow journalist Maria Stepanova to speak about Russia's future

Publisher and poet Maria Stepanova, one of the most visible figures in post-Soviet Russia, will visit Stanford on April 6-7 to speak about her country's search for identity.

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Brussels suicide attacks 'shocking but not surprising,' Stanford experts say

Inner-city neighborhood with links to suspects was known as a base for terrorists to launch attacks across Europe and beyond.

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Clinton at Stanford: Global alliances key to ending terrorism

Hillary Clinton said this week's attacks in Belgium were a "brutal reminder" that the United States and its allies must work even more closely in their counterterrorism efforts: "We cannot contain ISIS. We must defeat ISIS."

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Companies reduce costs by opting out of workers' compensation for private plans, Stanford research shows

Stanford law Professor Alison Morantz found that company costs dropped by about 44 percent when firms replace workers' compensation with private plans.

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Stanford expert offers approach to thwarting radicalization of Muslim immigrants in the U.S.

Telling Muslims they are not welcome in the United States reinforces the narrative that the West is anti-Islam, a Stanford scholar says. Immigrants fare better when they receive opportunities to integrate their original cultural identities with their new ones.

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The tumultuous 2016 Republican campaign is a phenomenon long in the making, Stanford researcher says

Causes include  widening policy differences between the parties and a fractured Republican base.