News

2018

February

Republican Rep. David S. Schweikert of Arizona said Wednesday that the state should lead the country when it comes to developing regulation on blockchain applications and businesses and fully...

In Mumbai, India, 55 percent of the city’s population lives in slums that only cover about 6 to 8 percent of the city’s land.

Khayelitsha, a slum in Cape Town, South...

How do you get 1,500 school supplies from Arizona to an island nearly 3,000 miles away?

As faculty, staff and students at Arizona State University discovered, the answer is: “with a great...

The 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" has ushered in a new creation — but it’s something entirely different than the familiar eponymous creature.

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The internet. We use it every day, all day, and barely think about it.

Today’s digital sharing and discovery of information may seem ubiquitous, but these practices remain out of reach for...

Chris Wharton sees the world very differently than you or me.

The associate professor of nutrition and interim director for the...

Access to energy is at the nexus of many social problems, and improving the ability of people to gain access to affordable, reliable energy could help mitigate the effects of poverty and a...

Now that Mardi Gras has passed and the last of the Valentine’s Day chocolates have been polished off, it’s time to get back on the wagon with those New Year’s resolutions. But eating healthier...

In an international environment which some observers have argued is as dangerous as at any time during the Cold War, what do advances in modern warfare mean for national and international security...

As recently as January of this year, yet another college was in an uproar over a controversial speaker when University of Chicago students, faculty and alumni demanded the school rescind its...

It’s a bold thing for an education dean of a major university to admit: The education system doesn’t work well enough for enough people and communities, and colleges of education have to change in...

When Thomas Dishion began his career in psychology in the 1980s, “intervention was a pipe dream.”

“We didn’t really know if you could systemically prevent negative outcomes [in people’s...

ATM machines across the country are being targeted by a wave of criminals in search of an illegal high-tech payday. The Secret Service calls this phenomenon “jackpotting,” and are warning U.S....

Most people have heard of blood diamonds. They’re mined in war zones, often by children, and sold to finance insurgencies, terrorism or warlord activities. 

In the early 2000s, diamond-...

January

This year’s flu season has been nasty and unrelenting, and unfortunately, it's ramping up to be the worst in nearly a decade. Immune systems have been strained, emergency rooms jammed, and cough...

Women around the world have been excluded from many professions throughout history, including, until recently, city planning and management.

The result has been twofold: a lack of diverse...

How many bicycles pass through Arizona State University's Tempe campus on a daily basis? How about each year?

The answers to these questions have never been quantifiable, but that's about to...

There was a time when “green” housing was available only to the wealthy, but creating energy-efficient dwellings is key to improving the lives of low-income people, according to the CEO of Habitat...

Cape Town, South Africa is hurtling towards a water apocalypse with “Day Zero” — when authorities will turn off the taps — pegged for the first half of April.

The crisis, which has placed...

Jan. 20 marked one year since Donald Trump became president of the United States. Since then, politicians, pundits and citizens of all stripes have watched as America became a nation more deeply...

Going to college should be an unsettling experience.

University students should be challenging their closely held beliefs in the classroom and among their friends, even when it’s...

More than a decade ago, ASU declared its intent to become the world leader in sustainability research and education, taking the first steps in 2004 with the launch of the Global Institute of...

A law school is filled with aspiring lawyers for whom the institution serves an obvious purpose. But is that the only career path that should wind its way through a law school’s hallways?

It...

In June 1967, The Beatles released a song that would go on to be covered more than 50 times, no doubt because it proclaimed a universally appealing truism: “I get by with a little help from my...

A Los Angeles man gets into an online gaming dispute over a $1.50 wager and retaliates by sending a SWAT team to his opponent’s home. That address turns out to be fake and police end up at a...

Dash is up and Bitcoin is down. U.S. Nasdaq Market Technology and Switzerland’s SIX Securities Services are exploring digital ledger technologies for stock market trades. IBM and Microsoft have...

The complex network of signals in the human brain make us capable of amazing athletic feats and innovative ideas, but...

In late December 2017, New York signed legislation mandating that all new nurses in the state earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) within 10 years of initial licensure. The move sparked...

After receiving his doctorate in microbiology in the 1980s, Mitch Magee, now a researcher in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, began studying tuberculosis (TB) in a lab on the...

Evolution is the creative force shaping all earthly life. It is also the reason why all multicellular life is susceptible to cancer. The processes of evolution are the fuel behind the interplay of...

The world is awash in discarded plastics. A recent estimate of the amount of plastic in Earth’s environment puts it at 6.3 billion metric tons (of the 8.3 billion metric tons that have been mass...

For a team of 10 Arizona State University computer science and software engineering students, a Starbucks technology internship means considerably more than becoming a connoisseur of coffee — ...

Alonzo Jones has one of the best jobs at Arizona State University: associate athletic director for inclusion and championship life.

Who doesn’t want to lead a championship life?

Jones...

The spread of influenza across the U.S. usually starts slowly in October and peaks with the most reported cases near the end of flu season in February and early March.

This season started...

On the heels of revelations about some of Hollywood’s most notorious sex scandals come similar exposés that bring to light how pervasive sexual harassment is across many industries. One important...

2017

December

Social networking sites have dominated our culture and the way people spend their time. We are constantly plugged in, checking the news, our feed, stories and snaps. Generation Z, or the...

As holiday travelers take to the airways, many will face leaving newly gifted “smart luggage” behind unless it qualifies as a carry-on bag.

A growing number of airlines, including American,...

Brad Allenby has collaborated on various endeavors to comprehend the broad societal impacts of our use of powerful new technologies as military weaponry. Now he has a role in an effort to probe...

After graduating with master’s degree in public policy this fall, Megan Drazek begins work as an auditor at the Arizona Office of the Auditor General in January. For Drazek, Arizona State...

You love your brother, but you don’t always agree with his politics. In fact, you still can’t believe how he voted in the 2016 presidential election. And now you’ll be spending the upcoming...

We like to think of the holidays as a time of peace, joy and family togetherness, but very often the reality is quite different: feeling stress over gifts and finances, overwhelmed by bursting...

The night before Thanksgiving, while traveling with his family for the holiday, Jeffrey Cohen sat down in his hotel room for a Skype chat with Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow....

Editor's Note: This is the third installment in an ASU Now series featuring nutritious recipes demonstrated by faculty from the...

The Mekong River is an economic engine for fishermen and a food source for millions of people worldwide. Nearly 100 hydropower dams are planned for construction along tributaries off the river’s 2...

Native Americans across the country planted the Three Sisters — corn, beans, and squash — together. The beans put nitrogen back into the soil, the corn grew a stalk that the beans used as a...

“Today” show host Matt Lauer expressed “sorrow and regret for the pain he caused to others” when sexual misconduct allegations were leveled at him last week, but added that some of the...

Education funding in Arizona is one of the most complex, controversial and political issues facing the state.

But a group of Arizona State University students eagerly jumped into this debate...

Doctors have myriad life-saving technologies at their fingertips, but they can all be rendered useless without human warmth and community connection.

That’s what drives the work of Crista...

Brianne Borden, DMA graduate student in music performance, has experienced firsthand the rigors of pursuing a career as a professional musician — from debilitating performance anxiety to...

Hundreds of Arizona State University students crowded the courtyard between the Health North and South buildings Friday afternoon in downtown Phoenix. On display were posters they’d worked on all...

While Thanksgiving has passed, the holiday season remains in full swing with many more family get-togethers approaching. In the recent article "...

November

When trawlers head out to sea to fish for halibut, tuna and swordfish, fishermen spend hours attaching glow sticks near hooks so fish can see the bait.

They’ll go through hundreds and...

Native Americans have distinct health-care needs.

And now they have a new leader in health research who aspires to usher tribal nations across the country into a new era of medical discovery...

Top 40 hits blast from the speakers as Haley Santiago and Larry Merville pass a basketball back and forth across the wooden floor of a basement workout room at the Lincoln Family YMCA on ASU’s...

Klaus Lackner is concerned. And he thinks you should be, too.

The concern of the Arizona State University professor and founding director of the...

In 2010 Congress passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, allowing the USDA to make critical nutrition reforms to school-lunch and -breakfast programs for the first time in more than 30 years. The...

Thanksgiving brings us closer together, but our conversations across generations in a family can sometimes drive us farther apart.

“We’re forced to spend these long hours with people, some...

For more than three decades, atmospheric scientists have been issuing warnings that carbon emissions and man-made pollution have punctured a hole in the ozone layer, the natural atmospheric layer...

At a cinema in the not-too-distant future …

The deputy defense minister sprints down a street in Vienna. His smart watch contains missile blueprints.

Ethan Hunt rappels from a...

This week, all across the country, freshman students will return home for the Thanksgiving holiday, many for their first extended stay with their families since they made the...

Paul Carrese, director of Arizona State University's School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, joined a roundtable discussion at the 49th...

Professionals whose college days are behind them still need to learn new skills to stay at the top of their game, and Arizona State University has launched a new way to do that.

ASU’s new...

In Silicon Valley, investors flock to back potentially disruptive new technology and apps — even if they are still in development. But the funding landscape is a little different for health...

The new film “Wonder” tells the story of a young boy who overcomes the challenges of living with the facial structural abnormality known as Treacher Collins Syndrome.

Craniofacial...

Up until the moment Becca Tobin’s heart stopped for seven minutes in an airport food court two years ago, there had been no signs that there was anything wrong with her. Fortunately, the former...

According to a Federal Communications Commission status report issued last week following a...

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Editor's Note: This is the second installment in an ASU Now series featuring nutritious recipes demonstrated by faculty from the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, an...

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has published an in-depth new report titled “Reforming Criminal Justice.” The four-volume, 57-chapter publication, which was the...

Comparing higher education in America to the Titanic is a risky move when you’re speaking to a crowd of college students and professors, but that’s exactly what Jonathan Haidt did Thursday evening...

Changing the “sustainability DNA” of their organizations was the mandate given to over 150 military personnel, Department of the Army civilians and contractors during an inaugural training...

Stephanie Forrest is the director of the ASU Biodesign Institute Center for Biocomputing,...

Not since the 1960s has the United States been so divided, largely split into two political camps.

But what if a third major political party emerged in the U.S.? Would it lead to more...

It started with a headline: “We asked six political scientists if Bernie Sanders would have a shot at the general election.”

Samara Klar, a political scientist who studies electoral behavior...

Anti-racism activist Jane Elliott hates what’s happened to this country lately.

“We are less civilized now than we were 500 years ago,” Elliott said. “We should be over this. I thought we...

A passion for accurate and accessible medical information led Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation alumna Danielle Stringer to come up with a unique solution.

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October

The “talk” parents are having with their children about sex is undergoing a sea change. With the dramatic — and sometimes graphic — accounts of unwanted propositions getting increased public...

When people talk about drug problems, drug overdose and drug addiction, most people associate these situations with substance abuse of the illegal kind. However, the prescription bottles in...

It’s First Friday at the Children’s Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Amid the kids exploring giant bubbles, a kiddie car wash, and a paint maze, there is an 8x4 folding table with a red tablecloth...

Fifteen years ago, Michael M. Crow brought his idea of the New American University — an agile and radical reimagining of higher education — to ASU. Neither naysayers nor the Great...

With smartphones millions of times more powerful than the NASA Apollo computers that sent us to the moon in the 1960s, scientists have been eager to adapt them back here on Earth to better...

A simple tweet by actress Alyssa Milano has recently become a cultural and viral phenomenon. The #MeToo movement has pulled the curtain back on the experiences many women and men have had as...

It might be a difficult conversation to have, but a new study confirms that talking to your children about substances...

Of the more than 5 million people in America living with Alzheimer’s disease, roughly 80 percent are cared for at home. Aside from memory loss, caregivers can expect to encounter symptoms that...

Bill Dauksher has worked in clean rooms and labs for almost 30 years. For him, putting on lab coats, booties, a face mask and gloves is like putting on pants for the rest of us.

The manager...

Fact: Almost 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence...

The Republican-led Congress, with the backing of President Donald Trump, has been promising sweeping tax reform legislation before the end of the year. The president’s proposal includes cutting...

Judy Woodruff and the late Gwen Ifill, the award-winning co-anchors and managing editors of the “PBS NewsHour,” were awarded the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism by Arizona...

Driving is one of those privileges we all take for granted until we can’t do it anymore. We drive to get to work (some of us drive for work), we drive to meet with friends, we drive to get...

As the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to dominate national headlines and new survivors come forward on a near daily basis, some believe the media attention on this case is a tipping point....

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 250,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. They will join the approximately 3.1 million breast-cancer...

Since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico three weeks ago, 83 percent of the island is without power and 36 percent has no running water. The humanitarian crisis there and the recovery efforts...

Two former senators, a liberal Democrat and a conservative Republican, had a discussion at Arizona State University on Thursday about how civic discourse has disintegrated and how it can be...

For the past 30 years, Linda Costigan Lederman, Arizona State University professor of human communication and director of the Hugh Downs School...

Death is a part of life.

For some people — 10-20 percent, according to the American Psychiatric Association — it’s much too big a part of life.

For those people experiencing what the...

A nationally recognized immigration advocate and author said Monday that reform is not insurmountable and that many communities across the nation are showing the way, but it'll take a cross-sector...

With government leaders still undecided on the subject of national health care and the fate of millions of Americans hanging in the balance, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation held its annual...

Two weeks ago Angela Merkel won a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor. At the same time, however, a far-right party, Alternative for Germany, gained a spot in Parliament for the first time in more...

Infectious-disease researchers at Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University are working on a new test to detect valley fever more quickly and efficiently than currently available tests.

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Improving education takes far more than a better understanding of the subjects you’re trying to impart knowledge about. It’s equally as crucial to know a whole lot about the various people you are...

Arizona State University’s water initiative announced a sweeping new strategic plan this week.

Spurning the typical narrative of scarcity, Future H2O...

In recent years, transcranial electrical stimulation, or tES, has seen a surge in experimental applications. The noninvasive procedure employs electrodes placed on the scalp to direct a low...

ASU’s cybersecurity guru said before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Wednesday that massive data breaches like the recent Equifax hack, which exposed approximately 145.5 million credit records last...

Shock, sadness, fear, anger, confusion. Life as they know it just took a dramatic turn for hundreds of people in the aftermath of this weekend’s deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The waves...

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication today launched News Co/Lab, a collaborative lab aimed at helping the public find new ways of...

In 2015, Ashraf Gaffar’s daughter was walking across the street at a stop sign when she was hit by a driver who was texting.

“He hit her pretty badly,” said the Arizona State University...

Buildings account for 46 percent of all carbon emissions. They also account for 75 percent of all electrical use.

“This is breathtakingly important,” Denis Hayes told an audience at Arizona...

September

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Soviets put landers on the surface of Venus. One survived for 57 minutes (the planned design life was 32 minutes) in an environment with a temperature of 470 degrees...

Frustrating. Exhausting. Rewarding. Those were the range of emotions Scott Somers experienced during his 21 days as a member of a Phoenix rescue team dispatched by the Federal Emergency Management...

Extreme summer heat has become more frequent across the contiguous U.S. over the past 20 years, according to the ...

Sacrifice is a fact of life. We make sacrifices for our families, our work and even our diets.

This Sunday, Oct. 1, as herbivores everywhere celebrate World Vegetarian Day, they’ll be happy...

Three years ago, Arizona State University co-founded the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), a coalition of 11 major public research universities across the country, with the goal of graduating...

Many of our portable devices today work with advanced voice or image features, but your personal Siri or Google Photos app can’t process speech or image recognition solely on your smartphone’s...

Artificial intelligence is already here: You can buy a car today that warns against an unsafe lane change or slams on the breaks before you know you are in danger. Still, we’re years away from...

The problem was simple but serious. Dana Lewis has type 1 diabetes and is a heavy sleeper, and the alarm on her continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device that let her know her glucose...

Criticism of Facebook began last week after a news report said the social network enabled advertisers to seek out self-described anti-Semites and, revealed this week, published...

Facebook and Google have recently come under fire for allowing advertisers to target ads towards users who express an interest in hate speech or racist sentiments. Facebook has also been...

Last December, as other teens were looking forward to the holiday season and planning outings with friends and family, Houston-area high school student Brandy Vela was feeling so overwhelmed by...

Last week, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a “Medicare for All” proposal that would create a single-payer health-care system in the United States. Swapna Reddy, clinical assistant professor...

For the more than 2 million lower-limb amputees in the United States, the path less traveled is usually on sand or grass.

That’s because of their prostheses. Powered ankle prostheses enable...

On a recent Saturday morning in September, a small group of people files into a room at Arizona State University’s Counseling Training Center on the Tempe campus. Laid out on tables are drums of...

In August 2015, the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Founding Director Leah Gerber ...

Going through Transportation Security Administration screenings at the airport can be unpredictable. Lines may be long or short, equipment may be down and guidelines for screening passenger...

Think Americans have a pretty firm grasp on the basics of U.S. government? Think again.

The annual Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey...

Since 2011, enrollment of first-generation college students in Arizona State University's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering has grown more than 150 percent, bringing new ideas, perspectives and...

Free speech, one of the most basic rights guaranteed to U.S. citizens, has become a hot-button issue with phrases like “fake news” and “safe space” entering the national lexicon, and arguments...

Still packing powerful rains and winds, the remnants of Hurricane Irma continue to wreak havoc in cities along the Gulf Coast after a destructive journey through the Caribbean and Florida....

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have displaced scores of humans, many of whom have equally frightened pets. Although pets experience life differently than humans, there are things we have in common,...

As superstorm Irma continues its destructive path and as residents in Texas and Louisiana grapple with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, health-care providers are responding to an onslaught of...

When Tony Lamanna bought his home in New Orleans, the civil engineer discovered a hatchet in the attic. The hatchet was stored there to chop an escape hole through the roof if the house flooded up...

The flooding in Houston was exacerbated by how the city was built. Like many cities, Houston basically paved over the existing landscape, a grassy plain that evolved to handle large rainfalls by...

On Sept. 7, Equifax Inc. announced a breach of data impacting about 143 million U.S....

Becca McCarthy entered the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge because she wanted to gain more experience with policy outside of her classes. She got that and more.

“It was an incredibly eye-...

Salvador Ortega is an ASU Online student with Arizona State University's College of Public Service and Community Solutions who lives in Franklin, Tennessee. But that didn’t stop him from...

Our daily lives depend on various networks — from the electric grid and transportation systems to online social connections — running reliably.

At their most basic level, networks are a...

Congress reconvenes Tuesday to resume the work of running the government, and one of the most important — and controversial — issues it will face is the debt ceiling, when members will have to...

August

Editor's note: This is the first installment in an occasional series featuring nutritious recipes demonstrated by faculty from the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, an...

Rolling a ball to a baby can be adorable fun, but it’s also a way to build a crucial bond that can affect the child’s emotional growth.

Play is an important part of creating an emotional...

Hurricane Harvey, still stalled in the Gulf Coast region, has poured more than 20 inches of rain over the Houston area since Aug. 25.

ASU Now spoke with ...

The future of transportation left Phoenix in the back of a truck last week.

After two years of work, thousands of man-hours, almost $1 million, hundreds of pages of documentation and one...

Noisy roommates. Rigorous coursework. Sleep deprivation. Hunger pangs. Burgeoning romances.

Such are the woes of college life, but they can create real, substantial problems for students....

Fahrenheit 451 is popularly thought to be the temperature, as Ray Bradbury famously wrote in the epigraph to his eponymous novel, “at which book paper catches fire, and burns ...” ...

Prosthetics have advanced from the simplistic apparatuses of only several decades ago to today’s complex interfaces of devices and biological systems that are designed to resemble missing body...

A patient enters an examination room. She is young —14, maybe 15. She is walking gingerly; wearing sneakers, baggy jeans and a sweatshirt — in 104-degree weather. A few steps behind her is...

Diamonds are among the most coveted objects in the world. As gemstones, they are brilliant, rare and symbolic. As a raw material, they are a physicist’s best friend.

If you think about...

The worldwide Zika threat first emerged in 2015, infecting millions as it swept across the Americas. It struck great fear...

Scientists have for the first time edited genes in human embryos to fix a disease-causing mutation, according to a paper published (ironically) in the journal Nature.

They used a new, cheap...

Nowadays, when a person wants to buy something over the internet they will type in their credit-card information, name and address without giving it a second thought. But a single vulnerability in...

New research from Scott Webster, the Bob Herberger Arizona Heritage Chair in Supply Chain Management, and his co-authors was awarded...

As families send their children back into the classroom, these first weeks of the school year are a critical time for parents and teachers to create connections that will make it...

Air travel may be the quickest way to get to your vacation destination, but it’s also one of the speediest ways for infectious diseases to spread between people, cities and countries.

So...

When scientists at Oregon Health and Science University announced Wednesday that they had successfully performed the first-ever gene editing of a human embryo to fix a mutation that causes a...

Models, athletes and celebrities swear by the ketogenic “keto” diet to help shed those unwanted pounds. The keto diet encourages eating more cheese, butter...

To catch a serial killer, homicide detectives must quickly and accurately find clues. Trace evidence left at a crime scene may eventually reveal the killer’s presence and identity, but the...

There are more technically precise descriptions of what’s at the core of a growing trend broadening the horizons of biomedical engineering than “the soft, squishy side of bioengineering.”

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July

Researchers from Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business will explore solutions to food waste through two unique research projects funded by nearly $1 million from the USDA’s...

With many major universities nationwide charging $500 or more a year for parking, two students at Arizona State University created a company to alleviate stress associated with...

Last April, Mariah McGhee had resigned herself to the fact that college wasn’t in the cards.

McGhee, a class valedictorian who had often visited Arizona, had dreamed of attending Arizona...

Wildfires spout gouts of flame. Air tankers roar above treetops. Radios crackle, and the sun vanishes behind curtains of black smoke.

All are stock images of fire season in the West. What’s...

For all its resiliency and creativity, the human brain is equally fragile and prone to disease. Millions around the world are affected by neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. In fact, a...

Last fall the nation’s most innovative university and the world leader in patient care and research formalized a dynamic relationship of more than a decade with the announcement of ...

Three graduate students from Arizona State University’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics have been selected as finalists...

Plastics are everywhere. They’re relatively strong, inexpensive, easy to manufacture and generally resistant to water and other chemicals.

Plastic polymer fibers can exceed high-strength...

Suppose you want to build something — a skyscraper or a spacecraft, a computer or a car, a water bottle or a wristwatch.

You’ll need materials to make that product, and you’ll need to choose...

Six million American households rely on propane gas to heat their homes and water, dry their clothes and barbeque their pork chops.

Farmers use propane to heat livestock housing and...

Update: The National Council of La Raza on Monday said it will change its name to UnidosUS ("UnitedUS").

Young Latinos need to embrace the history that has been...

Convincing consumers to change their behaviors and “buy green” one person at a time is a daunting prospect. But harnessing the huge buying power of America’s cities could be a boon to...

Every year it seems like we have another device to charge — laptops, smartphones, tablets, wearable electronics, electric cars and so on. Charging processes ubiquitously use power electronic...

As of July 1, 2017, manufacturers must phase out plastic...

Think your tech is cool? Wait until you see what Umit Ogras is working on.

“If we accomplish this, smartphones and tablets will have a new form,” said the electrical engineer at Arizona...

June

In “The Art of War,” famed Chinese general Sun Tzu advised, “if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”

Along with five other universities,...

The term “global security” can be vague, encompassing any number of issues, from climate change to autonomous weapons systems to food insecurity. For those in positions that require a firm grasp...

It’s time to stop thinking of individual efforts to live as energy efficiently as reasonably possible as merely some kind of alternative lifestyle choice.

Prudent use of resources — from...

Will this week’s high temperatures in Phoenix make it into the record book? Can we top 122 degrees Fahrenheit?

We don’t know yet, but as we move through this extreme heat spell...

More than 40 flights in and out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport were canceled Tuesday afternoon because of record heat.

Temperatures were expected to hit a record-busting 120...

One in five adults cannot read above a fifth-grade level, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy. Nearly two-thirds of these adults did...

Do you like math? People tend to feel strongly one way or another, and likely your decision rides on your experiences in the classroom.

“Mathematics itself is fairly neutral,” said Jim...

Uncomfortable as it may be, one way to avoid the mistakes of the past is to confront them — one of the reasons preservation of historical documents is so important, said Arizona State University...

How do you create a way to take carbon out of the air and make money doing it?

It’s a wicked problem that will take decades to solve. One member of a team tasked with tackling it compared it...

Typical computing platforms don’t bend, twist and flex the ways we humans do. Powerful silicon architectures in use today require rigidity, but the wearable, assistive and medical computing...

May

In an Arizona summer, the best parking spot is not the one by the door. It’s the one a quarter-mile away under a tree.

Ariane Middel, Arizona State University urban...

AZLoop's mechanical development team has been working on a 50-foot indoor test track to try out magnetic components and braking systems for its part in a SpaceX...

Arizona State University is set to play a role in improving safe and efficient air travel across the country’s blue — perhaps bluest in Arizona — sky.

ASU is among five university research...

It looks like the beginning of a Star Wars movie: a lone robot pushing itself across the sand with a pair of orange flippers toward lumpy red buttes in the distance.

Look closer at it. The...

As agribusiness grows to feed an increasing global population, so do concerns about the sustainability of current agricultural practices.

The use of phosphorus in big...

Arizona State University Professor of English ...

As an electrical engineer, Associate Professor Jennifer Blain Christen has spent a good portion of her career dabbling in different fields.

Her enthusiasm for exploring new and different...

A new Ebola outbreak in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has some public health officials on guard for larger outbreaks to come, but Arizona State University’s Charles Arntzen...

Imagine going to Starbucks every morning and ordering a drink you don’t want because the one you do want is too hard to say. Imagine interviewing for a job when you can’t remember certain...

The United States is home to more than 320 million people from dozens of countries and ancestries, in addition to Native American peoples.

Arab countries make up 22 nations in the Middle...

Standing at the front of a large lecture hall as hundreds of college students streamed in with their books, bags and devices, headphones still in their ears, something dawned on William Heywood....

After four years, $80,000 and innumerable obstacles, a team of ASU engineering students has completed a mobile dental clinic to dispatch to developing nations.

The team, ...

Emma Richburg never thought she’d be putting on an art show as a freshman criminology and criminal justice major. But she is helping put up drawings, paintings and other items for display at...

Update: The team featured in this story, led by ASU Professor Darren Petrucci and Assistant Professors Chingwen Cheng and Paul Coseo, all from The Design School, took top...

April

When you’ve gotten used to waking up to your iPhone buzzing, asking Google every random question that pops into your head and relying on GPS to get around, it can be easy to forget how new it all...

The Computing Research Association, in consultation with the National Science Foundation, has appointed Nadya Bliss, director of ASU’s...

Two hundred and fifty million miles away, glistening on the Martian surface, sits a NASA rover fitted with a quartz cover made at Arizona State University’s Scientific Glassblowing Facility.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to take up a redistricting case from Wisconsin where a voting rights group says the boundaries of the state Legislature were illegally drawn to give Republicans...

Federal representatives are visiting Arizona State University’s powerhouse photovoltaics lab this week to review progress made in research on the energy of the future.

ASU’s Quantum Energy...

The Origins Project at Arizona State University will screen two new climate-inspired films and then engage in conversations with leading filmmakers and leading climate experts on April 28 and 29,...

Over the past academic year, Kendon Jung noticed something about the 77 sustainability-related student groups he oversaw at ASU: Though they shared common goals, they were working separately to...

A Sun Devil biking across campus might seem like no big deal, but there’s more to it.

For years, the university struggled with theft, a lack of bike lanes and inadequate bicycle parking....

Editor's note: Click here to read how one of Professor Tom...

There are two truths in backpacking: You will labor like a pack mule, and you will savor views most people never see.

As a backpacker, you love your gear. It keeps you comfy, healthy and...

Mothers who work as health care professionals — such as physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners — can reduce their stress levels and burnout significantly by participating in...

As consumers, we're always looking for better performance and better battery life in our smartphones, and we won’t take one without the other. We also want all this high-capacity performance...

March

Despite the major contributions minorities have made to the nation’s science efforts, like those depicted in the movie “Hidden Figures,” they continue to lag in STEM fields across the U.S....

“Who’s a good dog? You are, aren’t you? Yes, you’re the best dog that ever was.”

But is he really a good dog? Can you really tell when you’re doing a meet-and-greet in the shelter?...

An Arizona State University neuroscientist is helping a private company develop a brain implant that will help the blind to see.

Intended for use by people without a retina — the largest...

Kelsey Wilson plans to make her mark in education. Not as a teacher, but as an advocate. She’s well on her way.

The ASU Spirit of Service Scholar is active on campus. She serves on the...

In 1998, ASU Professor Dave White, then a social sciences graduate student (pictured above), set out to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. The experience...

One of the nation’s leading proponents of digital medicine shared his thoughts and predictions on the future of health care Wednesday night at Arizona State University's Marston Exploration...

Cybersecurity infiltrations and terrorist attacks have filled the headlines in recent months. These issues pose a significant threat to U.S. national security and are likely to increase in the...

Environmental news can be all too depressing, with headlines punctuated by the drumbeat of extinction and destruction.

There are occasional bright spots. One of them occurred this month when...

Every year on March 22 United Nations Water celebrates World Water Day to highlight solutions to the world’s water crisis.

ASU Professor...

If you want to eradicate a deadly disease like cancer, you’ll certainly want to call on doctors, biologists and other health professionals. But despite our best efforts, cancer still eludes our...

Exploring new worlds requires vision and some well-educated guesses; visual cues are nice, too.

The asteroid Psyche is a new world that will be explored by a group of space scientists led by...

ASU professor Devoney Looser is leading a group of students through the stacks of Hayden Library, in search of old books that bear traces of the past.

They’re looking for unique markings and...

Sure, Google maps can get you where you’re going faster — but it can also help create a healthier, more sustainable city.

The rise of low-cost geosensors is changing the field of geography...

In business, a better bottom line means better profitability, competitiveness and overall success. For energy-intensive businesses in the manufacturing sector, improving energy efficiency can...

Arizona State University's School of Public Affairs is helping the city of Phoenix improve its impact on the environment by suggesting ways to make better eco-friendly purchasing decisions.

...

Miles Brundage had just defended his dissertation proposal when he was offered a fellowship position at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute....

Arizona State University has hit upon a new solution to help Native American men and boys overcome the host of obstacles that block the path to socioeconomic success for so many: Get outside the...

Arizona State University psychology professor and neuroscientist Heather Bimonte-Nelson recently found herself surrounded by hundreds of students examining brains, which wouldn’t have been unusual...

February

A series of storms recently battered northern California, causing the nation’s tallest dam to overflow and prompting the evacuation of more than 200,000 people.

The waters have begun...

It’s 7 a.m. on a school day and little Susie’s got a stomach ache. Do you tell her to buck up, get dressed and send her to the bus stop, or do you tuck her back into bed and prepare some warm soup...

Students in the BASIS Phoenix National Honor Society got an in-depth lesson on prison and prison reform from ASU criminologist Kevin Wright. An associate professor in the School of...

Like any new technology, artificial intelligence holds great promise to help humans shape their future, and it is also holds great danger in that it could eventually lead to the rise of machines...

We’ve all heard of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X.

But what about Juanita Blocker, Bayard Rustin, Chrystal Tulli, Ralph Bunche, Francois Andre, Connie Morgan, Toni Stone, Mamie...

In an effort to help educate everyday people on the basics of cybersecurity, Future Tense is running a February Futurography package of articles, cheat sheets, videos and interactive quizzes...

The guy at work who contributes squat to a team project. The one who develops alligator arms every time the check arrives. The people you’ve had for dinner 20 times who always show up empty-handed...

Jason gets off work after a long, exhausting day. He drives home and ruminates about the way a coworker undermined him in front of their boss. He gets angry and stressed...

A roomful of teachers are huddled in groups around pages of text, hurriedly highlighting, circling and underlining certain words and phrases. This isn’t a paper-grading marathon, though — it’s a...

Sometimes during a trial a lawyer will get angry, a witness will speak out of turn or a defendant will have an outburst. The judge will then calmly instruct the jury to disregard what just...

Pancreatic cancer, one of the nation’s deadliest diseases, kills 80 percent of those diagnosed within one year, but an ASU researcher has devised an early detection technique that...

For many seniors and stroke victims, a trip to Disneyland with the little ones is physically out of reach. But Thomas Sugar, an ASU mechanical engineer who specializes in wearable technology,...

There’s an entire world of microbes invisible to the human eye. Countless microbial communities live everywhere from in the soil to human skin to the stomachs of animals. Surprisingly, despite the...

When Joe Zazzera first walked onto floor of a telecommunications plant, he had one thought: “I can’t do this.”

In the windowless room, surrounded by barrels of chemicals and buzzing...

Growing up is hard enough, even under ideal circumstances. But when there is ongoing conflict or chaos in homes or communities, or when parents are mentally ill, growing up can feel almost...

What if your smartphone could tell you that a potential disease or illness is lurking in your immune system? What if instead of contracting diabetes, you were able to stop it before it compromised...

January

In 2011 a powerful earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand, the country’s second-largest city, resulted in massive damage, especially for a quake that registered a relatively modest 6.3 on...

During World War II, the government assembled the nation’s top scientists and tasked them with solving problems to win the war. The most famous result is the Manhattan Project, which created...

A new research center, devoted to studying the structure of advanced, high-performance materials in three dimensions was established within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering this month....

Freshman year at ASU, Stephanie Kaufmann watched a friend who couldn’t afford to eat leave school. 

The friend, who worked multiple jobs on top of a full-time school...

Computers have a lot to learn from our brains’ strength of quickly processing information, but we also need to ensure that they don’t suffer the same weaknesses.

Brain-...

John Yuhas has integrated the science of mindfulness into what is often considered one of the most stressful personal experiences: a visit to the hospital emergency room. As a registered nurse and...

Following a murder-suicide last year involving two suburban Phoenix high school students, it became apparent that there had been warning signs on social media that went unnoticed.

Hoping to...

The green energy story tends to be rosy: Costa Rica runs entirely on renewables! Portugal runs on wind for four days! Germany comes within 90 percent of its energy needs on a May day in 2016!

...

Water management and drought forecasting traditionally meant physically measuring surface water or groundwater, but Arizona State University researchers are tackling the problem in a new way: from...

You’ve got a candle to extinguish. You could blow it out, or you could flick a domino that clicks into a mouse trap, which slaps a board, knocking a bowling ball down a chute, where it rolls into...

Invest in reusable grocery bags. Shop for in-season, local produce. Incorporate meatless recipes into your meal plans. Recycle. Many consumers are familiar the basics of shrinking their carbon...

An Arizona State University-led global consortium of technology and in-country partners will implement a two-year, $1.95 million USAID project to develop and test affordable, portable clean water...

Imagine New York without cabs or Beijing without bikes. Imagine city neighborhoods without roads or buses. Now imagine ordering a T-shirt online and having it delivered via flying drone.

...

Matei Georgescu uses a lot of data in his research, studying how a changing landscape can affect local climate and resources. He looks at how land changes, from undeveloped to developed,...

“Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting,” runs an old saw about water in the West, sometimes attributed to Mark Twain.

Trouble is, there are two problems with the adage...

Arizona State University researchers are poised to help boost innovation in the planning and design of future enhancements to the nation’s transportation systems.

ASU has been named the lead...

Across STEM fields, women of color share a similar story — just ask Sharon Torres.

“I was born and raised in the Philippines, but all my role models were white,” said the advocacy manager at...

2016

December

The idea started after a depressing climate conference in 2012: ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) professor Steve Desch walked away feeling that the only scientific solution...

Dean Jonathan Koppell told some 330 graduates at Arizona State University's College of Public Service and Community Solutions convocation on Dec. 13 that he hoped the current...

Last week, President Barack Obama ordered a full review into claims that the 2016 presidential election was tainted by Russian hacking, to be completed before the President-elect Donald Trump...

Researchers have known for some time that certain environmental factors in a neighborhood — adequate lighting, access to green space, safe crosswalks — can affect the happiness of its residents....

HIV ... SARS ... Ebola ... H1N1 ... Zika.

The list of communicable global health threats seems ever growing, and frequently the limited resources available to fight these diseases must be...

The key to getting more students into college is extra help for parents, according to a roundtable led by U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. at Arizona State University on...

In response to census reports that showed America would need a massive influx of farmers and ranchers in the coming years, filmmaker Dulanie Ellis created a documentary that calls for military...

Led by Herberger Institute faculty, a team of ASU students has recently returned from an international conference for designers, architects and developers where they discussed how to hit United...

A group of toddlers sits in a circle, singing and passing around maroon and gold pom poms. When the they come around to a shy 2-year-old, everyone sings, “Who are we rooting for?”

He shouts...

November

Mosques across California received letters threatening genocide against Muslims this week, and although authorities say they didn’t rise to the level of hate crimes, ASU associate professor...

It's a student challenge based on a real-world scenario: A crippling cyberattack has hit the United States. You and your team must develop a response that includes identifying potential damage to...

Preserving Earth’s biodiversity is no small task — some estimates put the number of species on the planet in the hundreds of millions — but that hasn’t deterred ASU students from taking on the job...

Lisa Baer had little hesitation making the decision her freshman year to major in computer science.

Now, looking forward to graduating from Arizona State University in the spring, Baer said...

How would we construct our wireless communications systems if we could start from scratch?

Decades of discovery in wireless communication have transformed society, but the journey has left...

A cheap and radical tool that enables geneticists and researchers to edit genomes easily by removing, adding or altering sections of the DNA sequence is causing a stir among scientists.

The...

On Aug. 1, 2007, 13 people in Minnesota never made it home from their evening commute. There wasn’t a bomb, a mass shooting or a natural disaster. These 13 deaths and 145 injuries were the result...

Fake news stories are more than a simple annoyance — they are a genuine danger to our nation, according to Scott Pelley, award-winning managing editor and anchor of the “CBS Evening News” and...

Even health nuts overdo it on pumpkin pie, after-dinner couch naps and “It’s a Wonderful Life” marathons this time of year, but a pair of ASU professors say a bit of planning and opportunism can...

Henry Cisneros, the former U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said at an ASU lecture Tuesday night that the face of the nation has changed dramatically over the past century and that...

An ASU researcher has helped hit on a new reason to fight infectious diseases: Reducing their prevalence can be linked to an increase in gender equality.

Arizona State University...

The principal owner for the Miami Dolphins said today’s athletes are starting to recognize their power as change agents for social good and that they should take advantage of their platform to...

During a flu pandemic, a homeless woman gets information from the city on how to stay healthy and takes it back to her community of homeless people. With new confidence, she becomes a conduit,...

Nearly 3 million children are stillborn every year. The majority of stillbirths globally are preventable (related to medical care and labor). But historically, little research has been done to...

Tomorrow the presidential election will be over, and friends, co-workers and family members who have been bitterly divided will need to move forward. But how?

One way is to stop talking and...

Engineering has a bit of an invisibility problem, says Arizona State University education researcher Tirupalavanam Ganesh.

It’s an obstacle that presents a particularly acute challenge for...

The solution to a fraught moment in the first episode of the new CBS medical drama "Pure Genius" came from a real-world technology that has been advancing thanks in part to a collaboration between...

Pura vida! In Costa Rica, that national expression has many interpretations, including “Enjoy life,” “Take it easy,” and even “Hello” and “Goodbye.” Yet the literal English translation ("...

October

A newly implemented policy requiring passengers to weigh in before boarding flights on Hawaiian Airlines has triggered a national conversation over obesity and whether people of larger body sizes...

A student and several faculty members from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program represented Arizona State...

“Alexa, what’s weather today?”

“Alexa, play some classical music from my library.”

“Alexa, order toothpaste.” 

It’s an ordinary morning scene for some Americans. Many "smart"...

Arizona State University has been at the forefront of getting ordinary people involved in “citizen science” — gathering information and learning to solve everyday problems.

“It’s exciting to...

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. To read more top stories from 2016, ...

Recent virus outbreaks, such as Ebola and Zika, have helped to highlight a growing global need: public access to scientific data.

Just last spring, ASU scientists were able to demonstrate...

Popular Science named a low-cost Zika virus test developed by researchers from the Wyss Institute for...

Hackers on the "dark web" claimed to be selling information stolen from the Office of Personnel Management. A recent study found that more than 80 percent of dark web activity was ...

Renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels are being tested around the world, but their acceptance has hardly been seamless. Many communities have resisted, saying installations such as...

“Bound to fail.” “Impossible.” “Can’t be done.”

Nadya Bliss has been hearing these phrases since she was a 5-year-old trying out for ballet in the former Soviet Union. These same phrases are...

Arizona State University has been selected for a team that will complete development of a test that could save thousands of lives in the event of a nuclear explosion.

The test is one of the...

Here in the desert, water is a big concern. For the average person living in the Phoenix metropolitan area, the prospect of future water shortages makes us think about fixing that dripping...

The old close-your-eyes-and-point gambit might be effective for picking your next vacation spot on a map, but it’s less than advisable when it comes to choosing a name on a ballot.

The...

Everyone’s got a morning routine; certain steps we take to get cleaned, dressed, fed and out the door on time. The order of those steps is very important. Switch it up and you could be late.

...

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in the realm of water as a resource in the arid West. Today's focus in on the...

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in the realm of water as a resource in the arid West. Today, we explore technology...

Most teens load up their smartphones with apps. 

Fifteen-year-old Ariana Sokolov doesn’t just use apps; she has already created five.

She got the tools and — more importantly — the...

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in the realm of water as a resource in the arid West. We’ll explore solutions, but...

Stories about species becoming extinct are all too common in the news.

This isn’t one of those stories.

What’s different this time is that this species, a gorgeous frog living in Costa...

September

Quick — without thinking about it, name an endangered animal. Name two, three or even four. Easy?

Now, name an endangered plant. Two? Three? For many people, that’s not as easy.

These...

On a Monday evening in June 2015, 12 individuals gathered in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It was supposed to be a typical...

Neuroscience, microelectronics and computing — seemingly varied disciplines — have found a common intersection in the form of neuro-inspired computing.

This evolving field in computer...

Nestled between silicon and sulfur on the periodic table of elements is a mineral that spontaneously combusts when it comes in contact with air and can be found on the tip of a match....

Important ethical and legal questions are coming up with the rapid expansion of neuroscience and neurotechnology: Among them, how far is too far when it comes to science and the human brain?  ...

The possibilities at Arizona State University are endless, just ask Christopher Deschene.

Deschene, director of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs,...

A cluster of education groups and nonprofits are working to create momentum for a day to celebrate the advance of computer classes into the mainstream, carving out Sept. 15 as “National Online...

Food security is vital to America’s freedom, and protecting farmers from the effects of climate change will require the collaboration of universities, the U.S. secretary of agriculture said.

...

Summer is often a time to take a break from academic studies. But many scholars at Arizona State University would rather trade their summer vacations for a chance to get ahead and make an impact...

A large lecture hall on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus filled with anxious chatter as dozens of first-year students filed into row after row of seats. On this day, the students in this so...

Consumers panicked in 2013 when retail giant Target suffered a data breach, putting the sensitive financial information of millions at stake. Members of the Democratic National Committee did the...

It's easy to be green — if you're a Sun Devil.

Arizona State University’s sustainability efforts have earned it a top 10 ranking in Sierra magazine’s 10th annual “Cool Schools” ranking of...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed...

August

“Science, pride of modernity, our one source of objective knowledge, is in deep trouble.”

So begins “Saving Science...

Weeks ahead of Women’s Equality Day, President Barack Obama amplified the national conversation around gender rights with an essay in Glamour magazine that declared he “is what a feminist looks...

Accidentally purchasing a counterfeit product usually results in an inferior product and mild annoyance for the average consumer, but if the military receives a counterfeit computer chip it can...

Editor's Note: This is the second in a two-part series following members of the first ASU Pueblo Indian Doctoral Cohort. The 10-member group — formed to address a glaring...

Before she laid eyes on the spectacular Old Faithful geyser, Megha Budruk sought out a specific area far from the throng of tourists when she first visited Yellowstone National Park in Montana....

Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part series following members of the first ASU Pueblo Indian Doctoral Cohort. The 10-member group — formed to address a...

Arizona State University and the Smithsonian Institution have combined to create an interactive computer simulation to show the public how complex it can be to manage water on a state level in the...

Two students in ASU T-shirts sit across from each other in an office on the West campus. One is hunkered down, arms crossed over his chest as the other leans in and gently asks for the second time...

During the dot-com boom of the late ’90s and early 2000s, data centers began sprouting up by the dozens throughout the Phoenix metro area, with companies attracted to its abundance of open land,...

There is a lot of scientific knowledge in the world, but very little of that knowledge is readily available to people who make decisions about things like water use, farming practices or waste...

Imagine a medical clinic operating in a remote foreign village. It's the only place within hundreds of miles where people can go to receive health care, and the doctors...

By now, the wearying trope of internet outrage is a global touchstone, especially when it comes to "angry young men."

Everyone is familiar with what’s trending on Twitter. It gives a rough...

Phoenix lives with the heat. People fear it, complain about it and suffer from it. Local sports teams are named after it. Drivers go out of their way to park in the shade. Hikers die on the city’s...

For more than 20 years, microbiologist Shelley Haydel has been interested in antibacterial and antibiotic discovery. While preventing infections with vaccines is incredibly important, she prefers...

July

As students let slip their grasp on lazy summer days and head back to the classroom, there’s one thing they’re not likely to hand over: their cellphones.

Unsurprisingly, professors don’t...

Taking care to place the stethoscope in just the right spot on his chest, Kelvin Tran waits patiently for the student at the other end of the device to confirm that he hears a heartbeat.

...

Last year, Elie Gross programmed a computer chip to run a chain-reaction device that turns off an alarm, flips on a coffee maker and starts a shower water heater. 

She’s only 15 years old...

Ever since Kenny Peterson (pictured above) was young, he’s wanted to be a vet — and it shows. He greets each pup at Midwestern Small Animal Clinic, where he’s interning, with a big smile and a...

World problems don’t get much bigger than the global water crisis, but innovators from Arizona State University have created a purification system and distribution model that has helped thousands...

From push-button parking to hands-free autopilot, self-driving technology has arrived to the U.S. auto industry as developers push to deliver features that have previously been the stuff of...

Nonrenewable fossil fuels give liquid fuels a bad name.

But not all liquid fuels are fossil fuels, and fuels don’t have to be dirty.

Fuels are considered dirty when they put new carbon...

If you’ve ever lied to your doctor, chances are you’re not alone. But whether you’re ashamed of eating too much bacon or you’re trying to hide a smoking habit, the fact is, the more honest you are...

Loris Taylor knows firsthand how tough it can be to run a radio station in Indian Country.

When she first took over KUYI 88.1 FM on the Hopi reservation in northern Arizona in 2000, she had...

After a day of wheedling, needling and dramatic speeches, a class of Arizona State University students learned how hard it is to navigate the political process and get what you want.

“...

Spring Berman doesn’t have the droids you’re looking for. Instead, she’s developing droids that can look for you.

That might sound ominous, but rest assured, the assistant professor of...

"The DNA is a match."

When you hear that phrase on modern-day detective shows, you know the jig is up; the bad guy has been caught. In a fictional TV world where crimes are solved in 30...

Adriana Sanford, an alumna of Arizona State University and now a professor there, has been elected to the board of directors of Amnesty International USA. The Chilean-American author,...

June

Editor's note: This guest post comes to ASU Now from the desk of Christine Vogt (pictured below), director of the Center for Sustainable Tourism at ASU's College of Public...

An Army veteran studying for a doctorate at Arizona State University has won a highly competitive scholarship from the Pat Tillman Foundation to enable her research into military members who’ve...

Sometimes, leaders are just regular people who step up when they have to, the room full of teenagers learned.

“Once you take that first step, you can build from there,” advised Lissa Leibson...

Teachers at every level struggle at times with keeping students engaged. But starting a lesson with a current event and questions to consider might better engage both students and educators.

...

Jennifer Huberty didn’t give much thought to the healing effects of yoga — until she lost her child.

It was Jan. 27, 2011, and the ASU health researcher was about to give birth to her first...

Two hundred years ago, in the early morning hours of June 16, Mary Shelley found herself possessed by a waking dream in which she “saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the...

In January 2000, the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, signed a deal to privatize its water supply. Protests erupted with such intensity they became known as la Guerra del Agua...

Heidi Van der Molen doesn’t look back at her son Haydn’s early years with much sentimentality.

Besides the restless nights, countless visits to the doctor’s office and desperately trying to...

Imagine eradicating a disease-transmitting mosquito or removing an invasive plant species with a precise, relatively easy-to-apply technology.

Now imagine the risk, the unintended...

The potential of a gene drive to do good is great. For example, it could be used to eliminate infectious diseases such as malaria or the Zika virus. But it also could be used to wipe out specific...

Two heads are better than one. Gather a whole roomful of bright minds and there’s no telling what can be accomplished.

Arizona State University and the College Board hosted the annual...

May

A violinist bows an expectant note as she tunes her instrument alongside other Phoenix Symphony musicians. They assume the “ready” position, waiting for the cue to begin...

Anni Leaman has a respectable-sized to-do list when she returns home to Massachusetts later this week.

She’s going to create a couple of new finance committees, check into whether her...

Renewable energy is becoming increasingly cost competitive in comparison to traditional fossil-fuel generation. So why is its impact on the power grid limited?

The fact is, renewable-...

Driven by a passion to educate people about alcoholism and recovery, Arizona State University professor Linda Lederman aims to make a difference in the lives of many by fighting the stigma of...

The Paris climate talks last December were a lot like graduation.

First, elation. Almost 200 countries reaching an agreement! Finally, victory after the disappointments in Kyoto and...

The field of health care continues to make remarkable strides when it comes to patient care and outcomes, but information technology and data-systems support are lagging a few decades behind. As...

Companies making solar panels have faced the same choice for decades. Their sun-soaking panels could be efficient or cheap, but not both.

Time to start erasing that rule.

...

Have you ever received a text message in which the sender's tone was unclear? That’s because crucial pieces of information are missing to fully understand the message.

Gestures and body...

Milton Sommerfeld can see the future in puddles.

One of the nation’s top experts on algae, Sommerfeld has spent almost 50 years cracking dozens of uses for the plant. In Sommerfeld’s...

Carole Basile, the new dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, used to work for oil giant Amoco at a...

Fear of the Zika virus is spreading as images of afflicted infants fill the news.

Hoping to foil Zika’s rapid advance, researchers from the Wyss Institute in Boston, along with colleagues...

Researchers today, including two from Arizona State University, announced a new test for the Zika virus...

The five judges of the 2016 Miss Indian World pageant didn’t stand a chance.

Once ASU law student Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn stood before them last Saturday night in front of a capacity crowd...

For those with walking difficulties, getting to a clinic for rehabilitation can be challenging — doubly so for Arizona’s aging and rural populations.

An Arizona State University engineer’s...

Science Foundation Arizona established its Bisgrove Scholar program to attract and keep researchers whose work promises to produce advances in areas that will have far-ranging positive impacts....

April

Chef Liam Murtagh knows what it’s like to grow up food insecure.

As a child in Glendale, Arizona, his family struggled financially and got by on food stamps and funky nutritional...

Arizona’s blue desert skies have long beckoned aviators.

Phoenix native Frank Luke shot down 14 German balloons and four airplanes in eight days in World War I. Now state-of-the-art F-35...

The healthcare system is rapidly reaching a point of insolvency, but if we fix it now the pain will be much less than if we wait until we're out of money.

That was one of the conclusions...

People take preventative measures every day. We use seat belts to prevent injury, wear sunscreen to prevent skin damage and lock our doors to prevent burglaries. Any way you look at it, preventing...

Kenny Dyer-Redner is somewhere in the wilds of Nevada’s Indian country, and he’s spinning his wheels.

No, he’s not taking a break from his studies at Arizona State University. Dyer-Redner...

Most Baby Boomers and Gen Xers have generally accepted the idea that Social Security might fold in their lifetime. Will our health-care system share the same fate if it isn’t properly addressed...

Ever since Bela Lugosi appeared in 1930s horror film “White Zombie,” members of the living dead have fascinated audiences.

Zombies have recently undergone a gruesome renaissance, with such...

Substandard housing affects almost 2 billion people worldwide. Wood, often the American building material of choice for housing, isn’t always a global resource in developing nations and can be...

The horror that was the Holocaust exists now in our collective consciousness as one of the darkest periods in human history.

However, as Arizona State University associate professor of...

In many action-adventure, science fiction or disaster movies, a lone hero steps up front and center to vanquish the villains, rescue those in harm’s way or just outright save civilization from...

Clyde Bellecourt hasn’t mellowed much with age — just ask Bernie Sanders.

In February, the 79-year-old activist put the Democratic presidential candidate on blast at a race forum in...

In ASU’s teaching kitchens in downtown Phoenix, the din of cooking activity is peppered with the sounds of friendly conversation.

Just an hour ago, the white-aproned amateur chefs knew...

It was 2008. Brigitte Bavousett stood in the office of U-Haul International president John Taylor, having just graduated from Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability.

“It was a...

As Arizona State University prepares to celebrate a fresh new crop of graduates in May, the outlook for them is more precarious than ever.

Jeffrey Selingo, a professor of practice at ASU's...

When a super cyclone slammed into the northeast coast of India in October 1999, winds with top speeds of 160 miles per hour and tidal surges of 26 feet battered the coast, killing almost 10,000...

Recent advances in biotechnologies, such as the completion of the human genome project and genetic editing, have not only raised ethical questions about their use and effects on humans, but also...

Having medical coverage for all Americans is a noble cause and in recent years has been touted as a national priority.

But getting buy-in from the public and politicians is a challenge...

Crickets.

It's what you might hear when you offer an insect entree, but it's also what will be on the menu April 12 at the ASU Kitchen Cafe on the Downtown Phoenix campus.

...

If you are an engineering doctoral student with excess funding from a graduate fellowship, do you put it toward upgrading your car or training to become a skydiver?

Associate professor...

When Troy McDaniel was a senior at Arizona State University, he thought he had the next chapter of his life planned out. After completing his bachelor’s degree in computer...

Air pollution. Heavy traffic. Too much concrete. Not enough parks or bike paths. Cities can get a bad rap when it comes to being spaces that encourage healthy behaviors.

But a new...

March

Barber Marvin Davis takes pride in knowing his clients’ likes and dislikes. He knows how high to cut their hair, knows when they’re due for a shave and when they aren’t feeling their best.

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At a large, state-run medical facility, a young woman’s reproductive fate has been determined. The medical director presiding over her case carefully types out a letter requesting authorization to...

Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration is about to take the whole nation on a school tour.

Rock stars in their fields will guide virtual field tours of bodies in...

An Arizona State University researcher has figured out a way to modify crops that causes them to use less water and fertilizer but grow more food, an exciting development as food security becomes...

It may be hard to believe, but already the better half of a century has passed since World War II broke out. Despite the distance time has graced us from its atrocities, their effects are still...

Arizona State University today announced a five-year initiative, FutureH2O, to flip the global conversation about water on its head and focus on the abundance of water and how to create it instead...

The U.S. prison system is retreating from an era of force and punishment and is starting to think once again about education and rehabilitation programs.

And that’s not only good for...

When Kimberly Scott worked as a teacher in a high-needs school district operated by the state education department, she had a hunch that her female students weren’t reaching their full potential....

Upon first thought, the idea of math combating violent crime seems unlikely, at best. Can an algorithm be more effective than a SWAT team with a battering ram?

Yes. By mathematically...

Justice is a continuing struggle, and constant vigilance is required to maintain it. This is especially true for indigenous people living on American Indian reservations.

That’s the...

Like endangered species themselves, funding to save them is scarce.

Humans — who because of our indelible impact on the Earth have an obligation to take care of it — must take a new...

An Ivy League academic made a startling prediction at a talk at Arizona State University on Friday: Knowledge is progressing so quickly that the concept of a standalone university could soon be...

A typical course at Arizona State University will require a student to read thousands and thousands of words — usually printed in ink on paper.

Those printed words are not available to...

The Colorado River provides water for nearly 40 million people in seven western states, irrigating millions of acres of farmland, and generating thousands of megawatts of electricity.

And...

Terrestrial plant communities include forests, woodlands, shrublands and grasslands. The health of all these vegetation communities is critical to humans — not just because of how we draw on them...

Arizona State University recently launched Ethics @ ASU to highlight ethics as a cross-cutting initiative throughout the curriculum and across the university.

The Lincoln Center for...

February

ASU junior Nikki Burgess entered Arizona’s foster-care system when she was 15. Determined to better her situation by earning a university education, Burgess graduated from high school in three...

What’s the best way to get school kids to eat their fruits and veggies? Well, a team of ASU health researchers discovered it’s all about where you place the salad bar.

“Past studies looked...

On the eve of an Academy Awards marked by the #OscarsSoWhite protest, actress Viola Davis — whose impassioned speech about opportunity for women of color at the 2015 Emmys stirred many reactions...

It’s one of those nightmare situations you hope you never find yourself in: sitting on death row for a crime you didn’t commit. In 1977 that nightmare became a reality for Randall Dale Adams,...

The Navajo Nation has one of the most valuable mineral resources among any Native American reservation in the United States, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Add renewable-energy...

The Zika virus has brought us endless footage of masked men spraying insecticide in Brazilian slums and reports of babies with tiny heads — a rare condition called microcephaly — along with dire...

Playing on lacrosse and field hockey teams in high school, Julianne Holloway got some first-hand experience with joint injuries.

At about the same time, she witnessed the difficulties of a...

The ASU Ethics Bowl Team competed this past fall in both the Seattle and San Jose Regional Ethics Bowl competitions held by the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). Unlike a...

What does going deaf sound like?

Many people don’t think about hearing loss until it has progressed far enough to become a burden. But there are steps you can take to preserve your hearing...

To err is human, even for one of the most number-crunching, rigorous and truth-seeking of all activities: science. The issue of errors in science — irreproducible research — was a focal point for...

We know that nature is valuable, but how does this value compare with other assets? Not as lumber or drinking water or a fancy dinner, but as standing forests, healthy aquifers or living organisms...

When helmets clacked together during Sunday’s Super Bowl 50, the echoes might have been heard differently than in years past. Call it the concussion awareness effect.

In the 12 months...

American Founding Father Benjamin Franklin expressed in characteristically concise and pithy fashion his view on effective education: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and...

To get an idea of how increasingly diversified the United States has become, all one has to do is look to the current occupants of the polestar of American iconography: the White House.

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The dinner conversation at the Terrill-Pizzaro household is often lively and robust, sometimes taking on the dynamic of good cop/bad cop. Sometimes literally.

William Terrill, who grew up...

The World Health Organization has classified Zika as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” The governor of Florida has followed suit declaring a State of Emergency in four counties...

January

In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, where quick soundbytes and images out of context dominate the online realm, rhetoric rules.

In an election year, this is especially so. And with the...

Obesity rates in the United States continue to skyrocket from decade to decade. And while awareness for this issue has been growing in recent years, so have the waistlines of many Americans....

What would happen if the vacant land around Phoenix were converted to urban farms? Could it bring sustainable, locally grown food closer to consumers?

Arizona State University is taking...

When filmmakers dream of scoring prestigious screenings, the names that pop in their minds tend to be Cannes, Toronto or Sundance.

Not in Detroit. And not at a car show.

But an...

Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was by far the warmest year on record, breaking a record that was set the year before, which has some wondering whether global warming is taking root....

Wrestling is a minimalist sport, with no elaborate uniforms or equipment.

And the fans at Friday night's Sun Devils wrestling meet will be asked to keep that sentiment in mind by keeping...

It's the middle of January. How are those New Year's resolutions going?

If you're like most people, they're swiftly receding from memory. According to Forbes, 63 percent of Americans make...

Few can fire up a crowd quite like Dr. Katie Wilson when it comes to talking people into eating their fruits and vegetables.

It may not sound like a sexy job, but it’s hers. And she does...

Late Monday night it was announced that Tonya Couch, mother of the infamous “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, had posted bail after her bond was lowered from $1 million to $75,000.

This, after...

Imagine an assembly robot that collaborates with a human to assemble a piece of IKEA furniture. The robot would need to analyze the movements of the human to avoid potentially hazardous collisions...

Every couple has a “how we met” story. Sometimes it takes place at a party, sometimes it’s online, sometimes it’s at school.

Anthony and Catyana Falsetti met at a morgue in Broward County...

When thousands of negotiators and scientists descended on Paris in December to reach an historic agreement on lowering the planet’s rising temperatures, they were followed by thousands of press...

Courtney Besaw is a natural when it comes to numbers and experimentation. She’s also a girl. And as such, she took notice of a certain nuance in her elementary and high school math and science...

On Monday, Jan. 11, ASU will launch the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, led by Dr. Kimberly Scott of the School of Social Transformation. The new center seeks to engage...

“Materials are like people: It is the defects in them that tend to make them interesting,” Arizona State University scientist Sefaattin Tongay says in explaining the root of his research,...

Affluenza became a popular term when it was used in defense of Ethan Couch, a 16-year-old Texas boy who killed four pedestrians while driving drunk. It has received a great deal of ridicule, much...