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Dog DNA probed for clues to human psychiatric ills

Nature | January 26, 2016

In this Nature Magazine article, Arizona State University researcher Clive Wynne, who studies canine behavior, weighed in on the effectiveness of crowdsourcing information from pet owners regarding their canines' behavior. Insight regarding dog behavior as it relates to genetic makeup can lead to useful findings regarding canine cognitive dysfunction and compulsive disorder. These cognitive disorders are comparable to dementia and Alzheimer's Disease in humans.

Still three minutes to midnight

The New Yorker | January 26, 2016

Penned by Arizona State University theoretical physicist, cosmologist and professor Lawrence M. Krauss, the opinion piece explains the decision to set the "Doomsday Clock" at 11:57 p.m. According to the article, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists designed the clock "...to represent the existential threat to humanity posed by nuclear weapons."

Krauss chairs the Bulletin's Board of Sponsors, a group of scientists that includes six Nobel Laureates, which was created by Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer after the Second World War as an advisory body for the Bulletin.

Building visions of humanity's climate future - in fiction and on campus

The New York Times | January 15, 2016

In this Dot Earth blog post, New York Times environmental journalist Andy Revkin shares highlights of ASU's commitment to interdisciplinary research to find solutions for sustainability challenges across the globe.

An excerpt from the post:

"...leaders of the university’s sustainability initiatives want to inspire more cross-cutting collaborations, particularly including the humanities and social sciences. There’s plenty to draw on there. How many schools have an 'Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative'?

That kind of linkage is essential given the mix of values and science that will implicitly shape human pursuits in the decades and centuries ahead. It was invigorating to join an array of scholars and students stepping out of their disciplinary silos to grapple with overarching questions [regarding sustainability challenges]..."

 

 

7 ways to tell if "cancer moonshot" is legit, or political rhetoric

The Boston Globe | January 14, 2016

Is the quest for a sureshot cure for cancer, referred to as a "cancer moonshot" by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address Jan. 13, 2016, worthwhile?

This Boston Globe article discusses the various steps the scientific community is taking toward developing a cure for cancer. It assesses the effectiveness of current therapies and reflects upon the challenges that remain to be overcome. Reporter Sharon Begley spoke with Arizona State University researcher Stephen Johnston and other researchers for the story. Johnston, who is developing a vaccine to prevent breast cancer, is part of the Artemis Project that is attempting to end breast cancer occurence by 2020.

 

Could artificial trees be part of the climate change solution?

The Guardian | January 12, 2016

The Guardian article highlights developing technologies that can be the answer to pulling excess carbon from the environment and transforming it into something useful, such as fuel.

Explaining the need for such artificial solutions, Christophe Jospe from Arizona State University's Center for Negative Carbon Emissions said that trees can't absorb enough of the carbon dioxide humanity produces unless every inch of available land is turned into a dense forest. 

The article also casts a spotlight on the ASU center's technology that is 1,000 times more effective than trees, per unit biomass. ASU scientists estimate that once the technology is fully developed, it will remove carbon dioxide for $100 a ton. Scientists are exploring ways to make the process more cost-effective.

 

 

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