Bioscience

ASU event to address human dignity and technoscience

Intersecting crises — the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and environmental catastrophes — have destabilized daily life and public institutions, rendering perennial questions about progress increasingly urgent. And yet, rethinking progress is not simply a question of what should be done through scientific or technological know-how; it is also a question of what it means to be human.

Gifted Valley high school students conduct real-world research at ASU

Adriana Baniecki is a home-schooled high school senior from Chandler, Arizona, with a passion for physics. She likes understanding how the world around her works.

When she was in ninth grade, her professors at community college presented physics as investigating the real world.

“We would drop balls off of the second story of the building, and measure and use all these lab analysis tools and stuff to kind of just show how the math underlies the real world,” she said.

New theories and materials aid the transition to clean energy

With each passing day, the dark side of our dependence to fossil fuels becomes more apparent. In addition to slashing emissions of carbon dioxide, society must find sustainable alternatives to power the modern world.

In a new study, Gary Moore and his research group explore different approaches to catalysis, a chemical process that plays an essential role in biological reactions, as well as many industrial applications.

Improvements in microscopy home in on biology's elusive details

In the late 1600s, the Dutch tradesman Antonie van Leeuwenhoek began investigating the world of the very small using the first microscope, discovering a riotous world of protists, bacteria and other previously unseen organisms. Subsequent generations of scientists have developed ever more sophisticated means of probing the microscopic world, bringing many mysteries of the biological realm into stunning relief.

Lincoln Scholars program engages students in ethics and co-creative learning

The Arizona State University Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics encourages students from all disciplines to engage in ethical issues through its Lincoln Scholars seminars. The program awards scholarships to students who participate in a one-credit seminar that features community and ASU faculty speakers, along with interactive discussions and activities.

Placenta may hold key to eliminating immune suppression during organ transplants

During the last 70 years, transplantation has saved millions of lives around the globe thanks to the development of cutting-edge surgical techniques that can replace malfunctioning organs, tissues and cells. However, immune suppression is needed to prevent a recipient’s immune system from rejecting the donated tissue, and immune suppression comes with a host of serious potential side effects.

ASU research on protein responsible for detection, regulation of body temp part of collection marking Nobel Prize

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded on Oct. 3 to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian "for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch." To celebrate, the journal Nature Portfolio presented a collection including further exciting research focused on different aspects of TRP and PIEZO channels, proteins that sense these ubiquitous stimuli.

ASU professor awarded Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant to support software essential to biomedicine

MDAnalysis — an open-source software used by thousands of scientists for the analysis and manipulation of molecular simulations — was recently recognized by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative with an Essential Open Source Software for Science (EOSS) grant for the significant contribution it has on the field of biomedicine. 

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