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ASU KEDtalks are the bridge between your curiosity and what ASU researchers are exploring and discovering. KEDtalks spark ideas, indulge curiosity and inspire action. They connect you to others like you - people who care and want to know more.

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Visitors from another world

Meenakshi Wadhwa

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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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.

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.

Solving the unsolvable problem

“Bound to fail.” “Impossible.” “Can’t be done.” The first of many times Nadya Bliss heard these phrases was when she was a 5-year-old trying out for ballet in the former Soviet Union. These same phrases are used to describe many of the current seemingly-unsolvable “wicked” problems, ranging from information security to the spread of infectious disease. Bliss is not deterred by these, nor by the claim that these problems are too complicated to solve. As the director of Arizona State University’s Global Security Initiative, she recommends embracing complexity, not rejecting it out of fear of failure, and integrating understanding from a broad range of fields and disciplines.

Journey to a Metal World

Lindy Elkins-Tanton is a planetary scientist and director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. She’s also one of the few people in the world who has an asteroid named after her (search for Asteroid 8252 Elkins-Tanton). Why should we explore space? What does science need to make real progress? Can scientists be creative people? Where is your path in life going to take you? If you’ve ever pondered the answers to these questions, Elkins-Tanton’s KEDtalk is for you.

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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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