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Mysterious Martian "cauliflower" may be the latest hint of alien life

Smithsonian Magazine | February 01, 2016

Based on a discovery in Chilean desert, Arizona State University scientists Steven Ruff and Jack Farmer suggested that the opaline silica protrusions found inside Mars's Gusev Crater might have been sculpted by microbes, indicating possible evidence of past life on Mars.

Fact check: Is most U.S. terrorism homegrown?

The Arizona Republic | February 01, 2016

This Fact Check column looked into the claim that most attacks against the U.S. have been carried out by homegrown terrorists. Peter Bergen, director of Arizona State University's Center on the Future of War and author of "The United States of Jihad," confirmed the claim that every deadly jihadist attack since 9/11 has been carried out by a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

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]..."



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