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Fossil sleuthing hints at what killed "Lucy," our iconic ancestor

Scientific American | August 29, 2016

In 1974 paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson, now at Arizona State University in Phoenix, and his then-graduate student Tom Gray found the first of Lucy’s bones eroding out of a hillside at a site called Hadar in Ethiopia’s remote Afar region. Johanson refutes a recent finding that Lucy's death was a result from a fall from a tree.

“Australopithecus afarensis was essentially a terrestrial animal as witnessed from a biomechanical analysis of the many postcranial bones known for Lucy’s species, as well as the 3.6-million-year-old human footprints found in a volcanic ash layer at Laetoli, Tanzania,” Johanson asserts. “The a priori assumption that Lucy spent much time in the trees is not supported.”

Russian hack targets Arizona voter information

12 News | August 29, 2016

There’s always some kind of background, just random programs just trying to go out there and do whatever they can,” ASU cybersecurity expert Adam Doupe said. “And then there’s, you know, people who don’t really know what they’re doing but have enough security knowledge to be dangerous that go out there and try things.

“And then you have your advanced threats that will be very patient and will wait months to try to get information.”

A deeper dig: How the housing market affects Arizona's copper industry

KJZZ | August 29, 2016

A leveling out of exports to China is one explanation for the slowing demand for copper and its lower price. And according to Economics Professor Dennis Hoffman of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, the slow recovery in the U.S. housing market is another. 

'Coming out' in the classroom, but not by choice

Phys.org | August 26, 2016

In a first-of-its kind study published in the latest issue of CBE-Life Sciences Education, researchers from Arizona State University's School of Life Sciences found that active learning classrooms, which require more group work than traditional lecture courses, may create an unaccepting atmosphere for LGBTQIA students.

Arizona State Action Lab promotes real-time adaptive learning

Education Dive | August 26, 2016

Arizona State University has launched an Action Lab, a research hub designed to assess and improve teaching models in order to develop better learning outcomes for students.

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