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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]..."
 
 

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.
 

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.
 
 

Phoenix Business Journal | December 30, 2015

Thanks to close partnerships between Arizona State University and the city of Scottsdale advancing entrepreneurship and innovation, Scottsdale has been recognized as one of the best American cities to launch a startup, outside of Silicon Valley and New York. 
The Phoenix Business Journal story, reported by Hayley Ringle, cites a study conducted by San Francisco-based deal sourcing and research platform Data Fox that evaluated numbers from more than 12,000 U.S.-based, pre-Series A companies to compile a list of the best cities to found startups.
"Scottsdale fosters deep connections between entrepreneurs, students and community members: for example, SkySong, the live-work center for resources and capital for entrepreneurs, is the result of a collaboration between the city and [Arizona State] university," explained Data Fox.
 
 

Business Insider | December 22, 2015

ASU-operated cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter (LRO) have captured a stunning image of the Earth from the moon. Capturing the image, in which the Earth appears to be rising from the surface of the moon, was a complicated task, according to Mark Robinson, professor at ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration and principal investigator for the Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter Camera (LROC). Read more about how the image was captured and the LROC here.
The image was also featured on CBS News and AZCentral.com among other news media outlets.