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1. Stanford philosopher examines the legitimacy of political power

When applying ancient philosophic thought to contemporary issues like surveillance and health care reform, Stanford Humanities Center fellow Amanda Greene finds that claims to political legitimacy lie at the heart of many political debates.

2. U.S. suffers from lifespan inequality, says Stanford researcher

Stanford researcher Shripad Tuljapurkar found that a lifespan inequality gap continues in countries like the United States even while life expectancy is increasing. One reason is that America's mortality rate among young males is not getting better. Better access to health care would improve the situation.

3. Stanford campus has a canine protector

A deputy and his dog play unsung roles in making the university a safe stop for high-profile guests.

4. Simple isn't better when talking about science, Stanford philosopher suggests

Taking a philosophical approach to the assumptions that surround the study of human behavior, Stanford philosophy Professor Helen Longino suggests that no single research method is capable of answering the question of nature vs. nurture.

5. Stanford study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun

New research outlines the path to a possible future for California in which renewable energy creates a healthier environment, generates jobs and stabilizes energy prices.

6. Works from American art giants enter Stanford's permanent collection

Among the works is this piece by Jacob Lawrence. (Image: © 2014 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

7. Scientists at Stanford identify body language tied to creativity, learning

Your body language hints at your emotional state. Communication Department scholars find that observing subtle changes in your torso and head movements can predict creative output or learning ability.

8. Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth's 6th mass extinction event

Stanford biology Professor Rodolfo Dirzo and his colleagues warn that this "defaunation" could have harmful downstream effects on human health.

9. High school interns bring curiosity, open minds to Stanford labs

With school out for high schools across the Bay Area, students turn toward Stanford labs to find internships. These internships are providing valuable work experience as well as the opportunity for students to discover their passions.

10. Stanford's Kennedy Graduate Residences to open Aug. 15

Stanford's new Donald Kennedy Graduate Residences will provide campus homes to 436 students, as well as a commons building for meetings and social gatherings.