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Algae Biomass Summit 2011

Algae as a renewable fuel? Scientists, industry and policy-makers met Minneapolis to discuss ways to make it happen.

AZ = Algae (AzCATI)

This video highlights AzCATI facilities and services and shows how the center is expanding to provide even greater capabilities.

Becoming human

Who are we, and how did we get here? Scientists at the Institute of Human Origins have been asking these questions for 30 years.

For lizard research, size matters

Ph.D. students in the Dale DeNardo Lab make use of the impressive size of the Gila monster to further their understanding of these creatures' capacity to survive in the hostile, changing environment of the Sonoran Desert.

Microbes for bioenergy

Bruce Rittman, director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, talks about the center’s work in managing microbial communities to provide services to society.

Python parenting

Mammals are known for their parenting, but reptiles have a few cool tricks of their own for caring for their young.

Spider men

When Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider in a lab, he became Spider-Man, a superhero with the ability to spin strong, flexible webs. Jeff Yarger and Gregory Holland are hoping to harness spider power in their lab, as well. But these real-world spider men aren’t waiting around for bizarre lab accidents.

Bee role

Studying how a bee grows up to be a queen can teach us a lot about how genes interact with the environment. ASU bee researchers are gaining insights into our own development, as well as seemingly unrelated areas like food choice and aging.

Super spider silk

Stronger than steel, more elastic than a rubber band--spider silk has amazing properties. ASU researchers are studying spider silk proteins in the hopes of producing it synthetically.

Insect research gives humans six legs up

From antibiotics to decision-making to robotics, social insect research has many practical applications that can benefit people.