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Conversations for the Curious

ASU KEDtalks are the bridge between your curiosity and what ASU researchers are exploring and discovering. KEDtalks spark ideas, indulge curiosity and inspire action.

This series has been featured on Arizona PBS. Catch the next airing on March 26 at 11:30 p.m. on channel 8.1 or March 28 at 6:30 p.m. on channel 8.3.

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ASU KEDtalk: Plagued with questions

In many parts of the world, locust swarms devastate crops and communities. Arianne Cease is trying to change that.

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ASU KEDtalk: Democratizing digital design

Technology is not created to reflect the rich diversity of people that use it, says Jessica Rajko. She contends that adding more voices in the design process will create not only more inclusive tech experiences but better technology overall.

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ASU KEDtalk: Change everything, all at once

By revealing what is hidden in plain sight, Chris Wharton illuminates a path to health, wealth, happiness and sustainability.

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ASU KEDtalk: Water, a pricing paradox

Water is cheap. It falls from the sky. But the infrastructure to store, transport and clean it is expensive. Michael Hanemann brings the true cost to the surface and explains why it’s going to get higher.

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ASU KEDtalk: Carbon is a terrible thing to waste

Like throwing trash into the street, each year we pump tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Klaus Lackner has developed technology poised to collect and reuse our carbon while cleaning the air.

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ASU KEDtalk: Building a true sharing economy

In our modern sharing economy, apps let us catch a ride or find a place to stay – for a price. Amber Wutich says we’ve lost something vital in commodifying what we used to share. Find out what we’re missing and how to get it back.

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ASU KEDtalk: Designing Earth's future

Ariel Anbar spent years studying our planet’s past. Then a simple question inspired him to consider our role in designing Earth’s future for the better.

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ASU KEDtalk: What soap leaves behind

Some soaps leave a residue that reaches far beyond your shower door. Rolf Halden tells us about the unexpected consequences of our obsession with antimicrobials and where we go from here.

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ASU KEDtalk: Why are dogs special?

Lots of people think dogs are unique in their intelligence. Clive Wynne, director of ASU’s Canine Science Collaboratory, says that’s not true. But he knows what makes dogs truly special.

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ASU KEDtalk: Charting a course for Colorado River water

We’ve portioned out more of the Colorado River’s water than it can deliver. How do we navigate the rapids of water management without capsizing under growing demand? Dave White of ASU’s Decision Center for a Desert City explains how to stay afloat.

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ASU KEDtalk: Visitors from another world

Gazing at the night sky conjures deep questions about the universe. Meenakshi Wadhwa, professor at the School of Earth and Space Exploration and director of the Center for Meteorite Studies, invites us to look at the planetary ‘Rosetta stones’ right here on Earth that can give us answers.

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ASU KEDtalk: Risk is not just a four letter word

Most people don't like talking about risk. Andrew Maynard of ASU's Risk Innovation Lab does it for a living. Learn how he thinks we can all tackle risk challenges by framing them as values.

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ASU KEDtalk: Weekending on the moon

Is a weekend on the moon just around the corner? ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration Professor Jim Bell makes the case for why deep space is the new economic frontier and what that will mean for humanity.

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ASU KEDtalk: Solving the unsolvable problem

As director of ASU’s Global Security Initiative, Nadya Bliss is tackling seemingly-unsolvable “wicked” problems ranging from information security to the spread of infectious disease. She says we need to embrace complexity—not try to remove it out of fear of failure—if we are to face these challenges successfully.

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ASU KEDtalk: Journey to a metal world

Lindy Elkins-Tanton, director of ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration, gives a behind-the-scenes look at her Psyche Discovery mission and shares the unusual career path that led her to become the second woman ever to lead a NASA mission.

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ASU KEDtalk: Snapshots of a knowledge enterprise

Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan is the executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University. In this KEDtalk, Panchanathan explains the term “knowledge enterprise” and shares examples of ASU’s global impact.

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