The Daily brief: August 9, 2011

Aug. 9, 2011, 10:45 p.m.

Protein Power | A dual-action protein created by Stanford researchers could help stop cancer in its tracks by stopping blood flow. The protein, which was featured this week in the Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences, prevents blood vessels from forming by blocking two chemical receptors that form capillaries. The research shows that the original function of the protein remains unaltered even when it bonds to block the receptors.

The Uncertainty Principle | In a question-and-answer about the state of the U.S. economy, associate professor of economics Nicholas Bloom tells Stanford News Service that uncertainty leads to large short-run recessions. “Nobody knows what is going to happen next,” he said. But, “when people are uncertain about the future they wait and do nothing.”

VanDerveer to Join Hall of Fame | Stanford’s Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball, Tara VanDerveer, will be one of 10 coaches, players and officials to be inducted into the prestigious Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this Friday. Before joining Stanford, VanDerveer also coached at Ohio State and Idaho, as well as the U.S. Senior Women’s National Team.

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