Arizona State University just passed a milestone with more than $1 billion raised in external funding by the startups in its portfolio at Skysong Innovations, the entity that brings ASU research into the marketplace.
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Luminescent materials like the mineral baryte or strontium aluminate might one day give us glowing cities that stay cooler and use less electricity. This is an innovation that's exciting to many researchers concerned with the issues associated with the lights staying on all night. Patrick E. Phelan, a mechanical engineer at ASU, is interested in how glow-in-the-dark surfaces could reduce the urban heat island effect in cities.
Los Angeles is now the third local government to create a role to deal with the heat, following Miami-Dade County in Florida and Phoenix, who created similar positions earlier this year. Sara Meerow, an assistant professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at ASU, explains how dangerous the heat really is and why we need more clarity on who holds the burden of the heat problem in cities.
In an increasingly complex online world, parents are concerned about their children' habits in digital spaces. Joris Van Ouytsel, an assistant professor of Interpersonal Communication at ASU, writes about how parents can encourage their children to adopt safer online behavior beyond using spyware or computer surveillance.
Sierra Space has been working to get Dream Chaser to fly to space for years, something that may become possible with a recent $1.4 billion investment in the project. Last month, Sierra Space also announced a partnership with Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, as well as Boeing, Redwire Space, Genesis Engineering and ASU to build a space station called Orbital Reef.