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2016

May

As scientists explore the potential applications of biotechnology, some are focusing on cyanobacteria — an easy-to-grow bacterium that needs only sunlight and carbon dioxide to survive.

Evolution can be an emotionally charged topic in education, given a wide range of perspectives on it.

Two Arizona State University biofuel projects are among six nationwide receiving $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore innovative solutions in bioenergy.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced today a new N

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced today a new N

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

Any kid who pulls on a lizard tail knows it can drop off to avoid capture, but how they regrow a new tail remains a mystery.

Anne C. Stone is something of a renaissance woman when it comes to anthropology.

Sidney Altman, who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1989, is joining the faculty of Arizona State University.

Coral reefs and hard-shelled sea creatures such as oysters and mussels are constantly being threatened, not only by the detrimental effects of stressors such as climate change and habitat loss, but

April

On Tuesday, May 10, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest-achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at t

As the academic year comes to a close, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes exceptional faculty members who have gone above and beyond to educate the next generation of scholars.

The largest-ever study of global genetic variation in the human Y chromosome has uncovered the hidden genetic history of men.

Monday is National DNA Day, and researchers from Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences have invited the public to come learn about DNA with an int

Ever since Bela Lugosi appeared in 1930s horror film “White Zombie,” members of the living dead have fascinated audiences.

In many animal species, physical battles and other aggressive acts determine a certain “pecking order.” In the world of ants, fights that involve biting and restraining often determine winners and

Maggie Zheng performed her first surgical procedure when she was just a preschooler.

Granted, it was on one of her stuffed animals.

It was her very first encounter with a strangely beautiful orange and black beaded Arizona native, the Gila monster — one of only two venomous lizards in the world — that convinced

The world’s total human population has jumped to more than 7.4 billion just this year.

When a super cyclone slammed into the northeast coast of India in October 1999, winds with top speeds of 160 miles per hour and tidal surges of 26 feet battered the coast, killing almost 10,000 peo

“Welcome to the Big Horn Mountains!” says conservation biologist Andrew Smith.

March

Keeping honeybees healthy is critical to the world’s food supply.

The Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation board of directors has awarded Robert E.

Inspecting the teeth of a drugged Siberian tiger. Darting a tracking device in a whale from the deck of a pitching boat. Waking up in a tent to sunrise over the Tibetan steppe.

During pregnancy, the rapidly developing fetus is enshrouded by a remarkable structure: the placenta.

An Arizona State University researcher has figured out a way to modify crops that causes them to use less water and fertilizer but grow more food, an exciting development as food security becomes a

It turns out that the rigid “line in the sand” between the human sex chromosomes — the Y and X — is a bit blurrier than previously thought.

Downtown Phoenix’s newest high-rise residents don’t take the elevator when they come home.

Filling a new leadership position tailored to advance research and educational innovation, Kenro Kusumi has been named as the associate dean of research and graduate initiatives for the College of

Arizona State University today announced a five-year initiative, FutureH2O, to flip the global conversation about water on its head and focus on the abundance of water and how to create it instead

The best thing about the Fulbright grant won by Matt Ykema is that it allows him to be immersed in his research.

Claire Cambron wanted a way to open her mind and her heart before she learns to heal.

Chase Fitzgerald wanted to do something meaningful before he started medical school and he knew that a Fulbright grant would be one of the best ways to do that — because his brother also had done i

Editor’s note: HealthTell recently completed a $40 milli

Like endangered species themselves, funding to save them is scarce.

Update: Voting has ended. See the winners here — did your favorite win?

Methane and nitrous oxide gas emissions, caused by human activities like farming, overwhelm earthly carbon dioxide absorption and should be tackled to fight climate change, according to a study

February

The benefits of letting students conduct real research in the classroom have been examined multiple times during the past decade, but

The Zika virus has brought us endless footage of masked men spraying insecticide in Brazilian slums and reports of babies with tiny heads — a rare condition called microcephaly — along with dire in

From effective team science to drones on the range, Arizona State University faculty and students played a big role in the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The Pathologist, a magazine that covers stories on the forefront of health care, has named Arizona State University’s Carolyn Compton to its 2015 Pathology Power List of the 100 most influential pa

While growing up in Gambia, Africa, Balanding Manneh experienced hunger intimately — losing childhood friends to starvation and malnutrition-related illnesses.

The hottest technology in bioscience will soon bring a new coolness factor to world-class Arizona State University research.

Robert Page has ascended to the top of his field and earned the highest faculty honor in the state.

Not bad for a man who started his academic career without a plan.

January

The World Health Organization warned Thursday that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas, and countries and health organizations are on full alert with emergency meetings taking

If you haven’t already noticed, Arizona is a popular hangout for hummingbirds.

Students and faculty at ASU have been digging out their hats, scarves and boots this year as Arizona experienced a colder-than-usual winter.

Sustainability looks good for corporations these days.

Deserts are often thought of as barren places that are left exposed to the extremes of heat and cold and where not much is afoot.

Mayo Clinic-ASU Obesity Solutions has announced the 2016 winners of its seed funding competition.

Humans for centuries have been trying to “engineer” better societies, but with widespread use of digital technology and social media we may actually be on the cusp of doing just that, suggests Manf

Since prehistoric times, clays have been used by people for medicinal purposes.

2015

December

Arizona State University Regents’ Professor and research scientist Charles Arntzen, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

International trade and travel has literally opened up new vistas for humans, ranging from travel to exotic places to enjoying the products and services of those distant lands.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are p

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are p

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are p

Tucked away on the far western end of Haiti’s southern peninsula lies the remote Massif de la Hotte mountain range. It's where you’ll find the last stands of Haiti’s cloud forest.

November

On paper, Candance Lewis seems to have it all — including a Bisgrove fellowship and a Fulbright scholarship.

We all want to be on top.

And in the online realm of search-engine optimization (SEO), that means crowning a topic field on the world’s most popular search engine.

The actor Charlie Sheen announced Tuesday that he is HIV positive. He said in an interiew on NBC News that he was diagnosed four years ago.

This year, tens of thousands of people around the globe — including about 12,000 in the U.S.

Humans have depended on each other for thousands of years — gathering food, building shelters and fending off enemies.

Cells have traditionally been categorized based on location within an organism, their structure, function or even developmental history.

October

Editor's note: Leading up to Homecoming, we'll be running several stories a week on ASU alumni.

Biological diversity is the variety of life on Earth, ranging from the microverse of crabs, barnacles and mussels nestled in a tidal pool to a macroverse of baboons, giraffes and elephants ranging

Cockroaches, crickets and caterpillars can do more than make your skin crawl. They just might be a tasty and nutritious addition to your next meal.

This summer President Barack Obama became the first sitting president of the United States to visit a federal prison, touring one in Oklahoma.

Theranos, a startup offering low-cost tests that require just a few drops of blood and screen for everything from cholesterol to cancer, has drawn national attention and is now valued at $9 billion

Graduate student Jessica Guo is passionate about science education. And she has lots of experience teaching coding and big data.

When you think about fossils, dinosaurs or other ancient animals may come to mind.

But for paleobotanist Kathleen Pigg, plants were always far more interesting.

The American Society for Microbiology has selected Jessica Spring, a microbiology senior with Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, as a recipient of its Undergraduate Research Fellow

With signs for flu shots festooning grocery stores, clinics and HR departments, the onset of flu season is heralded with as much fervor — if less enthusiasm — than Christmas.

Black-market collectors willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for rare cactuses are putting more than 30 percent of the species at risk for extinction, according to a paper released Monda

Fluctuations in extreme weather events, such as heavy rains and droughts, are affecting ecosystems in unexpected ways — creating “winners and losers” among plant species that humans depend upon for

September

What do an Arizona State University-Starbucks business student in Washington state, a sustainability research collaboration in Germany, and seven English classrooms on the ASU Tempe campus have in

Road-tripping across the American West is a beloved tradition — blacktop snaking across badlands, roadside tourist traps and great diners.

Locusts have been around since, well, Biblical times and have wreaked havoc on Earth and humans’ food production.

A team of researchers from Arizona State University and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab has discovered that thousands of bacteria living in soil are connected by a complex metabolic relationship.

Like most animals, we rely on our sense of smell for survival. It’s critical to our health and an important factor in our quality of life.

As one of its core missions, Arizona State University strives to define itself not by who it excludes, but by who it includes.

Is it time to cut a deal with Japan on whaling?  

The International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology has given its top award, the David L.

The Amazon rainforest — it conjures up images of broad expanses of leafy canopies and tropical species of every shape and color.

The Arizona Bioindustry Association has named Wayne D. Frasch, a professor with Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, the 2015 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year.

For cities trying to shrink their carbon footprint, researchers at Arizona State University and a number of other institutions say one solution is to look at the emissions of individual buildings a

For pioneering the development of an experimental drug to combat the Ebola virus, Arizona State University’s Charles Arntzen has been named the winner of the Judges Award for the Governor’s Celebra

For incoming freshmen, the college experience often starts with moving into the dorms or moving through the first day of classes.

August

With the largest fire in Washington state history raging and the sixth-worst fire season on record in the U.S.

Parents go to great lengths to ensure the health and well-being of their developing offspring. The favor, however, may not always be returned.

The expected impact of climate change on North American lizards is much worse than first thought.

Arizona State University strives to have a faculty representative of the diversity of the state and nation, and its incoming cohort is the latest example of that.

July

Arizona State University and Arizona Christian University (ACU) have announced a new partnership to expand ACU’s academic offerings by allowing students to take courses at the private, accredited C

Arizona State University and Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany are blazing a path in international academic cooperation.

May

According to the World Health Organization, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) currently affects more than 64 million people worldwide and is poised to become the third leading cause of m