On the front page of today's New York Times, there is a story about a software program that can instantly grade essays. The system was designed by EdX, a non-profit group founded by Harvard and MIT, and it is gaining momentum.
Last year, Hewlett-Packard's grant-making arm held two contests, each w ... More >>
The Internets are all abuzz this morning with news that Mayor Ed Lee announced today at the national conference of mayors in Washington D.C.: The health department is teaming up with Yelp to post restaurant health scores on the ratings website. Currently ratings appear on a select number of restaura ... More >>
By now, many of you have read about the jarringly sudden demise of Peter Sauer, the captain of Stanford's improbable 1998 Final Four basketball squad. While '98 often feels like eons ago, it wasn't. Sauer was just 35 years old, which is an awfully young age to go. The 6-foot-7 father of three collap ... More >>
susolarcar /flickrBarely 3-feet tall and plastered with shiny panels, Xenith looks more like a spaceship for miniature aliens than a car. But the tiny vehicle is the pride and joy of the Stanford Solar Car Project, and will carry the group 2,000 miles across the Australian outback from Darwin to ... More >>
My sensor saw it coming. The bad news: The Big One is coming. The good news: At least you can measure it. Geophysicists are looking for "citizen seismologists" in the Bay Area to install a tiny earthquake sensor in their home, classroom, or office this weekend as part of building the denses ... More >>
Cash HydeThere are many ways to look at the story of two-year-old
brain-tumor survivor Cash Michael Hyde, whose father, Michael, secretly slipped
him medical marijuana oil in his feeding tube during chemotherapy last fall.
You could assume that the plant is an effective drug. Chemotherapy left
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Chris StevensThe crowd at a gathering to protest the sale of KUSF in January.For three hours today, thanks to Amoeba Music in S.F. and and college radio stations around the country, KUSF DJs will be rocking the airwaves like Jan. 18 never happened.Starting at noon, well-known KUSF DJs like Irwin, ... More >>
Slow Food Potluck with Jessica Theroux
Where: JAX Vineyards SF Loft, 334 Brannan (at Stanford)
When: Sun., Jan. 16, 5-8 p.m.
Cost: $15 plus a dish to share; includes olive oil tasting and one glass of wine with dinner
The rundown: Cook like the nonna you always wanted to have for this pot ... More >>
The past 48 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the
San Francisco restaurant scene.According to Paolo L. of Inside Scoop, an izakaya to be named Chotto (3317 Steiner) is taking the place of Three Seasons, the Vietnamese restaurant that closed last week. It hopes to open mid ... More >>
K.FlayWe really hope Grizzly Bear got some love from Stanford grad and Bay Area pop whippersnapper K.Flay for the obvious lifting of the Brooklyn band's bits for this rather cleverly named free download, "2 Weak." But then, "Two Weeks" makes such a crisp pop background, maybe the band should be g ... More >>
Matt SmithHere's what we'll do, y'see: We'll put out crazy-assed think-tank reports, and see if people believe 'em.The Pacific Research Institute bills itself as a think tank that champions freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility by advancing free-market policy solutions. But judging fr ... More >>
College of William and MaryKeith Bechtol, marathoner and astrophysicist While stranded Muni riders grumbled, Keith Bechtol cruised to victory on yesterday's San Francisco Marathon -- the very first marathon he's ever run. But don't chalk up the 25-year-old Stanford astrophysicist's unofficial cou ... More >>
News this week of Adam Wheeler, the 23-year-old who lied his way into Harvard and almost into Yale, brought back fond memories of Azia Kim, the dorm-squatter who was discovered posing as a Stanford student two years ago.
We have to ask: Who's the better college hoaxer?
TV movie-ready back st ... More >>
Yes, the soccer bigwigs definitely gave San Francisco the business...San Francisco chauvinists and city soccer fans aren't a natural team. The chauvinists would like to tell you how the fact you can walk to really great restaurants here counterbalances an utterly dysfunctional municipal governmen ... More >>
On Wednesday, the latest in a batch of Republican political neophytes expressed his desire for high-ranking political office in California. Damon Dunn, the former Stanford and NFL receiver and current Orange County real-estate mogul, said he plans to run for Secretary of State.But as the San Francis ... More >>
Dennis Green, who built up a stellar career as a San Francisco 49ers assistant coach, then the head man at Stanford and with the Minnesota Vikings -- only to have much of his reputation obscured when he delivered the most unintentionally hilarious postgame football rant in modern times (above) -- ... More >>
A recently released Gallup Poll attempts to rate the vague notion of "well-being," breaking down the rankings state by state and congressional district by Congressional district. California ranked on the happier end of the well-being index, and our neighbors in Congressional District 14 -- encompass ... More >>
"Not unlike a ball sack, no..."This month, San Francisco medical scientists cured a rash of British prudery by demonstrating that the term "seminal" -- a word meaning both "semen-like", and "highly original and influencing the development of future events" -- does not constitute sexist language.In S ... More >>