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ASU’s cybersecurity guru said before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Wednesday that massive data breaches like the recent Equifax hack, which exposed approximately 145.5 million credit records last month, is comparable to a human without an immune system. “One small intrusion can cause massive effects that can shut down the system for considerable periods of time and cause considerable damage,”...
In recent years, transcranial electrical stimulation, or tES, has seen a surge in experimental applications. The noninvasive procedure employs electrodes placed on the scalp to direct a low current through the brain to try to change aspects of its activity. The technique has shown promise in treating a variety of ailments as well as improving cognitive function and learning ability,...
In the 1970s and 1980s, the Soviets put landers on the surface of Venus. One survived for 57 minutes (the planned design life was 32 minutes) in an environment with a temperature of 470 degrees Celsius and a pressure of 94 Earth atmospheres. Another lasted for 127 minutes in similar conditions. Yet a third held on for 63 minutes. No...
Three years ago, Arizona State University co-founded the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), a coalition of 11 major public research universities across the country, with the goal of graduating more low-income and underserved students. In that period, the number of low-income graduates increased by 24.7 percent among participating universities, and the number of undergraduate degrees awarded overall increased 9.2 percent (from...
It’s a spacecraft the size of a shoebox, and, if all goes well, it will launch on a voyage to the moon in about two years. NASA greenlit the LunaH-Map mission two years ago. It’s the first NASA mission for Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. It’s going to look for ice on the moon, which can...
ASU Japanese Lecturer Bradley Wilson wishes his American students knew more about the cultural influences behind the anime comics they love so much. Chandler Gilbert Community College Adjunct Professor Elizabeth Daly wants to make sure her composition courses are catering to a changing student demographic. Jacque Starks, diversity coordinator for Maricopa County Community Colleges, hopes to be a resource for...
Last December, as other teens were looking forward to the holiday season and planning outings with friends and family, Houston-area high school student Brandy Vela was feeling so overwhelmed by online harassment that she held a gun to her chest and pulled the trigger. Vela's death is an extreme example of what can happen as a result of cyberbullying, but...
If a picture is worth a thousand words then Syeda Qudsia’s master’s thesis must be worth at least 40,000 words. In March, she successfully defended her thesis at the National University of Sciences and Technology in Islamabad, Pakistan on the applications of graphene oxide for solar cells, using cartoons. Syeda Qudsia attended Arizona State University last year as part of...
For the more than 2 million lower-limb amputees in the United States, the path less traveled is usually on sand or grass. That’s because of their prostheses. Powered ankle prostheses enable users to walk naturally and even run, in some cases. But when they switch from walking on concrete to a more compliant surface like the beach or a lawn,...

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