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2020

May

Arizona State University's Class of 2020 knows what it means to be resilient.

They’ve had to adapt to unique circumstances, and they’ve risen to the challenge. They moved...

Tom Fournier had a successful career in engineering and business management and after co-founding and selling a company that measured automotive pollution for governments, he was able to...

Technology that enables a patient to connect to loved ones via video conferencing and an app that gives family members limited access to medical updates were the winning entries in ASU’s first all...

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of ...

Suren Jayasuriya, an Arizona State University professor jointly appointed with the School of...

The proliferation of advanced technology has created many obvious benefits. But it has also raised new questions about privacy, data collection and data monitoring. Debating the trade-offs has...

April

For the past month, as the COVID-19 pandemic sent most Arizona State University staff home to work, a telepresence robot nicknamed Scotty has been key to keeping the public television...

Arizona State University has long been a player in the realm of personalized digital education, with a current count of 175 fully online degree...

People work to advance technology, often for the benefit of safety and security. But some may use that same technology to infringe on human rights, collect data on people without their...

As a huge portion of the population adjusts to working from home, many of us struggle to look professional in virtual meetings. Camera angle, lighting and objects in the background are all factors...

Arizona State University has added to its international reputation for innovation, being named a...

President Donald Trump has masterfully used the rhetoric of the "deep state" to divide Congress and the public and to deflect attention away from himself, according to David Rohde, a two-time...

As stay-at-home orders swept the globe last month, an abundance of free resources quickly emerged, available for teachers moving to online learning, parents looking to educate their children at...

Group jam sessions on balconies, banging pots and pans out open windows, drive-by parades, online gatherings on every platform imaginable — across the globe, people have found ways to show...

As schools across the country continue to experience disruptions to traditional learning, there’s an urgent need for guidance on everything from fostering high-quality online learning...

“Designing the Illusion of Reality” is a brand-new class in Arizona State University's School of Arts, Media and Engineering intended to give students a grasp of online gaming.

It was...

The U.S. population is getting older, and advancements in technology are helping people live longer and fuller lives. But as we continue to age, could those technologies do more harm than...

It’s a beautiful day at the ancient city of Teotihuacan. The Avenue of the Dead isn’t too crowded, you see from where you stand on top of the Pyramid of the Moon. On your left lies one of the city...

News outlets, along with everyone else in the world, are sharing their facts, opinions and advice on COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. With the overwhelming information that’s...

Researchers at Arizona State University are harnessing the power of technology to track and predict trends in everything from disaster response to epidemic outbreaks in real time, using data...

For Leena Tohaibeche, an undergraduate student in the College of Health Solutions, ASU’s move to online modalities has meant attending class and working from home — alongside four siblings....

March

Long before IBM, Apple and Google set up shop in Silicon Valley, the area was home to government-funded research operations that developed electronics and communications devices. While it is...

Each year, around 60% of newborns will come into the world with jaundice, a condition that manifests as a yellowing of the baby’s skin. Infant jaundice is easily treatable and is often...

It’s a feeling familiar to us all. We sense it when we’re waiting for the results of a medical exam, preparing to ask our boss for a raise, or rehearsing to ask our crush on a date. It’s...

The COVID-19 pandemic has everyone operating at more than arms length these days, but a new Arizona State University-sponsored webinar series is offering a twist on the social hour.

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Just as a neurologist looks to a patient’s neural network for guidance in addressing neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s, researchers in the artificial...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Thursday that misinformation and fear related to the coronavirus are in many ways “more dangerous than the virus.”  

“We now have misinformation and fear...

Americans are often stressed out by work. And given the current global pandemic and social distancing guidelines, workers might feel added pressure in the days or weeks to come. Fortunately, there...

Editor's Note: In light of the current public health emergency, the March 21 Emerge 2020 event has been postponed until further notice. A new date and time has not been set,...

February

Making Waves, a team of Luke Air Force Base airmen and Arizona State University engineering researchers, has tied for first place in an annual ...

Workforce patterns are constantly changing, and they are not easy to predict. But a new app, currently in development by Arizona State University and other top researchers, may be able to help U.S...

The Global Airborne Observatory, formerly the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, has a new home at Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and...

When a hurricane is bearing down on the Florida coast, any one of countless well-established models can forecast the projected path of the storm. But when a summer monsoon is brewing over the...

Arizona State University's Global Security Initiative is expanding its efforts to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals for the...

Robotic rovers trundle across the Martian highlands, eyeing the terrain and stopping to scoop up promising samples. A spacecraft powers across the cosmos while the crew sleeps. On the moon, a...

Stephanie Gil, an assistant professor in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering...

Ashley Huskie, 17, has time to think on her hour-and-a-half bus ride to and from school. She makes the trip once a week so she can attend Greyhills Academy High School in Tuba City, Arizona...

Digital culture graduate Andre Maestas landed her dream job as a software test engineer at Unity Technologies, a video game software development company.

Maestas graduated from Arizona State...

Two teams of entrepreneurs, one that tackled a critical recycling problem and one that’s trying to disrupt the oil and gas industry, each won $100,000 on Friday.

The two ventures were the...

January

Watching videos online and answering generic true/false questions. Posting into the void of a discussion forum and expecting little response. Feeling like user No. 237 rather than being...

Arizona State University School of Arts, Media and Engineering assistant professors Suren Jayasuriya and Robert LiKamWa have been awarded the ...

Many of the country’s top experts in technology and business met at Arizona State University last week to address the urgent issue of enhancing the United States’ competitiveness.

The group...

A new partnership to advance drone technology designed specifically for search and rescue (SAR) missions has been developed between Arizona State University, the Arizona Department of Emergency...

Technological innovations, especially in the last half-century, have altered the way we live, work and interact with one another. Breakthroughs in technology are now happening so rapidly and...

Arizona State University broke ground Friday on ASU at Mesa City Center, a state-of-the-art project that will jump-start the revitalization of downtown Mesa and train students in one of the...

Why play games? Who benefits from artificial intelligence? How do you help society? These are some of the big-picture questions that students confront in Arizona State University's...

Honored for a fifth consecutive year in 2019 as America’s most innovative university, one of Arizona State University President Michael Crow’s remarks was to explain it this way: “‘The...

2019

December

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Arizona State University students maintain at least a half dozen clubs dedicated to some form of cybersecurity. Through these different cyber clubs, students have opportunities to unlock new...

Americans are growing more and more politically polarized on controversial issues like immigration, health care, gun control and women’s rights. A recent report from the Pew Research Center...

In a world facing many complex, formidable problems, how can the social sciences become a decisive force for improving social conditions? And what role can universities play in transforming the...

How can the humanities restore humanity?

The Arizona State University Institute for Humanities Research asks this question with its 2020-21 fellows program...

How can the space industry make interstellar science fiction a reality? One must-have is more economical and scalable solar energy for space.

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Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2019...

What do you get when you bring together art, science and technology? A powerful way of galvanizing people, says Diana Ayton-Shenker.

Ayton-Shenker is executive director of the ...

One guaranteed part of dealing with computer systems is that hardware problems happen.

In a smartphone, hardware errors are inconvenient, but not life-threatening. However, if an autonomous...

SV Academy, the first tuition-free, online vocational school that provides job seekers with access to high-growth sales careers, announced it has partnered with Arizona State University and...

Tropical forests are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on our planet, harboring an estimated 3 million to 50 million species. They’re also highly functionally diverse, meaning that...

In 2002, virologist Eckard Wimmer led a team at the State University of New York at Stony Brook that created a live polio virus from chemicals, using internet information and mail-order DNA.

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Imagine a smartphone app that can identify whether your pet is a cat or dog based off a photo. How does it know? Enter machine learning and an unimaginable amount of data.

But teaching a...

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2019...

Whether it’s finding ways to make cities more livable, or studying how human activity impacts the natural world, geographic research at Arizona State University explores nearly every aspect...

Popular Science magazine has given one of its top accolades to a device developed by Arizona State University researchers that can pull carbon gas from ambient air. The device, developed by ASU...

Lots of things have to be invented and perfected before people explore deep space: suits, radiation protection, habitats, communications.

Darlene Lim is on it.

A NASA geobiologist, Lim...

There is now a device for almost everything, like smartwatches that ensure you never miss a text message and thermostats capable of learning how warm you like your living room.

Given the...

November

Scientists at Arizona State University and the University of Toronto have developed the first direct gene-circuit-to-electrode interface by combining cell-free synthetic biology with state-of-the-...

Russian grid hacking. Cyberinfiltration of U.S. universities. Rampant data exposures. Spy tool-breaching. Shadow Brokers. And more.

These challenges — including cyberthreats, disinformation...

Imagine navigating campus using a 3D map, or learning using virtual and augmented reality in the classrooms of the future. Imagine decongested traffic, and aid being brought to the...

Arizona State University’s Interplanetary Initiative has announced its first degree program, the...

Speech is one of those human abilities — like riding a bike — that comes so naturally once mastered it’s easily taken for granted. In reality, the mental and oral gymnastics required to produce...

To study the swiftness of biology — the protein chemistry behind every life function — scientists need to see molecules changing and interacting in unimaginably rapid time increments:...

Entrepreneurs are the people who solve the problems we didn’t always know we had. They work long hours to innovate ways to make life better. Often, even with brilliant ideas and hard work, they...

What happens when technology advancements threaten to automate people’s jobs?

That question is on the minds of many as research and development in artificial intelligence and machine...

Stressed, exhausted and sitting in a hospital waiting room, the last thing anyone wants to do is spend half an hour filling out paperwork. Yet that is the first task patients and caregivers are...

A story of changing lives starts as all good stories do — with good food and good conversation.

Over a taco truck lunch with the 2018 Mandela Washington fellows visiting from Africa, Arizona...

October

The way we see ourselves — cheerful, cool, daring — often translates into the products we buy, which in turn creates a “personality” for the brands we consume.

“Brand personality scales”...

Corporations, small businesses, nonprofits and customers — in other words, nearly everyone — beware! Computer hackers launched more than 137.4 million new malware programs in 2018, the...

Sharks fought over two Arizona State University alumni — that is, investors from the ABC business reality show "Shark Tank" competed to get a piece...

A nuclear physicist, a high school student and three undergraduates find themselves sharing a table at Arizona State University. Fueled by energy drinks, late-night snacks and a break for...

Thousands of scientists are hard at work across the country, but their innovations don’t always make it out of their labs. A professor at Arizona State University has been tapped to co-chair a...

Technology is hurtling forward, and a policy group at Arizona State University is working to make sure that tribal nations across the country are not being left further behind.

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Movers and makers are innovating art and science at the sixth annual MOCO International Conference on Movement and...

We’re quickly outpacing the abilities of the current generation of wireless communication technology, commonly known as 4G. Think about that moment you see 3G signal strength on your smartphone —...

What’s better than spending a hot Arizona summer working in a cool basement? Spending a hot Arizona summer in a cool basement, building a scientific instrument expected to be the first of its kind...

A rocket launches into space. It escapes the Earth’s atmosphere and falls away from the payload. The nose cone peels away. The main payload, a 15,000-pound satellite, deploys.

In the space...

September

At one time or another, we were all scientists. There is a reason a child’s first questions include: “What is it?”, “Why?” and “How?”

A physicist never loses that sense of wonder, that drive...

Building inclusive communities and driving innovation in STEM are two of Arizona State University’s core values. The Science Foundation Arizona Center for STEM is strengthening this legacy through...

The Pew Research Center has reported that more and more people identify...

Over the last two decades, approaches to genome editing have evolved and become more widely studied and implemented. Most recently, the CRISPR/Cas9 system has made the technology more...

Earth is enormous, and while humans have done a decent job of being able to map out the boundaries of countries and states, the roads in our cities and the location of geological sightseeing...

With a snip of the scissors on Friday, Arizona State University sealed a partnership with the global corporation Infosys that will accelerate workforce...

Each year more than 50,000 cybersecurity professionals from around the globe come together to attend the world’s preeminent cybersecurity gathering, RSA...

The average cost of a single data breach is nearly $3.9 million. Globally, the cost of cybercrime is expected to top $2 trillion this year, according to Juniper Research. Yet across the U.S.,...

August

Last week, scientists began the first human clinical trials using the gene-editing tool CRISPR to combat cancer and blood disorders. Researchers remove some of a person’s cells, edit the DNA, and...

Just as it’s increasingly common to find a smart home assistant on a countertop or an internet-connected camera at the front door, smart toys are also becoming ubiquitous in the playroom. But...

As any grad student can tell you, science can involve horrible jobs: combing through poo, flensing carcasses, any number of “pipette monkey” tasks.

But there is a job so terrible and...

They order more paper towels for you and set a timer with just a phrase. They let you know who’s at the door before you open it. They dutifully track your steps and measure the quality of your...

Consumers have increasingly become victims of telephone scams — including the recent proliferation of Social Security number suspension ploys — to gain access to their personal information. But...

Earlier this summer, almost 100 cars ended up stuck in a muddy Colorado field. An accident in Denver led Google Maps to suggest an alternate route to the airport.

“I took the exit and drove...

North Korean hackers squeeze $2 billion out of cryptocurrency networks. Russian hackers breach networks using "internet of things" devices. An American woman sneaks into Capital One’s network and...

Heat sinks, used to regulate the temperature of electronic devices, are more pertinent now than ever, especially with the increased demand for personal devices such as laptop computers.

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July

It’s the night of Sept. 8, 2014. Over metropolitan Phoenix, a summer monsoon collides with a dying Pacific hurricane. Rain gushes from the skies. Freeway pumps on Interstate 10 fail. Early morning...

A summer fellowship is affording Arizona State University student Jan Cordero Casillas opportunities to apply aspects of his doctoral research, which focuses on visualizing better methods for...

A byproduct of oil and gas production is a large quantity of toxic wastewater called brine. Well-drillers dispose of brine by injecting it into deep rock formations, where its injection can cause...

Eduardo Hinojosa has a passion for the field of artificial intelligence. But the 16-year-old was at a dead end trying to pursue his digital passion in his hometown of Redwood City, California....

In just five years, an Arizona State University student engineering project has grown into a global humanitarian mission that is now poised to transform the way health care is delivered.

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Artificial intelligence algorithms have become pervasive in daily life, but should they? And what are the drawbacks and advantages of using machine learning?

Several Arizona State University...

Since Neuralink’s public launch in 2017, there’s been much speculation about the focus of the company’s research. Its press event on July 17 was the first time we’ve had a glimpse of what the...

This fall, back-to-school time in Utah will feature an unprecedented opportunity for free college-prep education for all Utah students through ASU Prep Digital, a program where the high school and...

Fifty years ago, the Eagle landed.

“Man on the moon!” said CBS television news anchor Walter Cronkite, whose exclamation would make for worldwide headlines the next day.

Cronkite was...

As the Apollo 11 Lunar Module approached the moon's surface for the first manned landing, commander Neil Armstrong switched off the auto-targeting feature of the LM's computer and flew the...

This summer, Arizona State University religious studies PhD candidate Jamie Edmonds decided to incorporate technology into the final projects...