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Thrun starts web-based university

Computer science professor Sebastian Thrun announced the launch last month of his new online university, Udacity, inspired by the massive response to his Stanford course, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, which was open to the public online this past fall. Contrary to widespread reports otherwise, Thrun will maintain his position as a research professor in the Stanford Computer Science Department.

Stanford weighs in on high-speed rail

The California high-speed rail project has been a hotly contested issue at the state level since voters passed the nearly $10 billion California Proposition 1A in 2008. As the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) moves closer to beginning construction on the project, members of the Stanford community, students and experts alike, are weighing in on the prospects and perils the high-speed rail could face.