Science

Astronomers provide 'field guide' to exoplanets known as hot Jupiters

By combining Hubble Space Telescope observations with theoretical models, a team of astronomers has gained insights into the chemical and physical makeup of a variety of exoplanets known as hot Jupiters. The findings provide a new and improved "field guide" for this group of planets and inform ideas about planet formation in general.

Hot Jupiters – giant gas planets that race around their host stars in extremely tight orbits – have become a little bit less mysterious thanks to a new study combining theoretical modeling with observations by the Hubble Space Telescope.

ASU alumnus uses research, education to address health disparities in Native American communities

While working as a senior research scientist early on in his career, Arizona State University alumnus Dave Wilson noticed that he didn’t see many people who looked like him in the lab.

“I really began to think, ‘Why don't other members from tribal communities have the same rich experience that I'm having right now?’ I had to make a career decision whether I was going to be a bench scientist for the rest of my life or think about ways to have a greater impact,” Wilson said.

Get earthquake-ready on International ShakeOut Day

Thursday, Oct. 21, is International ShakeOut Day, an annual event where millions of people worldwide practice how to be safer during earthquakes, update their emergency plans and supplies, and secure their space to prevent damage and injuries.

ShakeOut began in California in 2008 as a drill to help educate the public in earthquake preparedness. Since then, ShakeOut has expanded across the globe with over 18.7 million participants. 

Born to race: ASU alumna on the road to becoming an amateur race car driver

As a young woman, Arizona State University alumna Lisa Clark fondly remembers spending the weekends with her dad riding dirt bikes in the Arizona desert, tinkering in the garage and working on cars.

Over the years her interest in motorsports remained but took a backseat as she became a mother, a successful business owner and a real estate agent. In 2013, when her daughters were grown and moved out, Clark decided it was time to start a new chapter and further explore her passion for motorsports.

NASA's Perseverance sheds more light on Jezero Crater's watery past

A new paper from the science team of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover details how the hydrological cycle of the now-dry lake at Jezero Crater is more complicated and intriguing than originally thought. The findings are based on detailed imaging the rover provided of some prominent escarpments – long, steep slopes – in the delta that formed from sediment accumulating at the confluence of an ancient river that stretched about 120 miles (200 kilometers), feeding a lake that was 21 miles (35 kilometers) wide.

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