Researchers with the Arizona State University Global Futures Laboratory recently published a study of marine heat waves in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their findings may help conservation efforts identify reefs with the best chance of survival and areas that would benefit the most from protection as marine biodiversity refugia, the researchers say.
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Since 2015, Paul Coseo, an associate professor of landscape architecture at Arizona State University has been studying the benefits of green rooftops and the impact they have on potentially reducing the urban heat island effect and capturing storm runoff.
Collaborators at Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering, Arizona State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a high-performance catalyst that can remove ammonia and fertilizer from industrial wastewater and polluted groundwater. Their work has the potential to turn industrial wastewater back to drinking water.
After a marine heatwave hit Hawaii in 2019, ecologist Greg Asner at Arizona State University and his colleagues wanted to know how its reefs fared. Their study showed a 26% loss of coral cover on average and that reefs closest to coastal development or sediment runoff were more likely to die. They also found that areas with more live corals before the heatwave experienced fewer losses — a discovery that will better inform conservation efforts in the area.
Every time you manage to get your cup of joe from one point to another spill-free, you’re intuitively completing a little-understood feat of physics: manipulating a complex object such as liquid. That’s according to a group of researchers at ASU who have been modeling the coffee-carrying phenomenon. Their work could lead to better prosthetics and robots that move with careful intention — just like us.