May 27, 2015

Earth / Space


Fermi satellite detects gamma rays from exploding novae

ASU Regents’ Professor Sumner Starrfield is part of a team that discovered very high energy gamma rays being emitted by an exploding star – a surprising discovery that dispels the long-held idea that classical nova explosions are not powerful enough to produce such high energy radiation.


Asteroid attacks significantly altered ancient Earth

New research shows that more than four billion years ago, the surface of Earth was heavily reprocessed – or mixed, buried and melted – as a result of giant asteroid impacts.


NASA chooses ASU to design, operate camera system for Mars 2020 mission

ASU has been selected by NASA to design, deliver and oversee a pair of color panoramic zoom cameras on the Mars 2020 rover mission.


Mineral magic? Common mineral capable of making, breaking bonds

An Arizona State University team shows evidence for one mineral affecting the most fundamental process in organic chemistry: carbon-hydrogen bond breaking and making.


Earth / Space | Research:  ASU biogeochemists find disease-fighting properties in clay

Research being conducted by ASU biogeochemists into naturally-occurring antibacterial clays could be the answer to superbugs: disease-causing microorganisms that are resistant to multiple antibiotics.


An 'out-of-this-world' honor: Asteroids named for 2 ASU faculty members

Two Arizona State University professors can add an unusual honor to the long list of accolades they have received: An asteroid has been named after each of them.


ASU, USGS project yields sharpest map of Mars' surface properties

The most detailed global map yet made of Martian surface properties is the result of a joint project between ASU and the U.S. Geological Survey.


Planet Mercury a result of early hit-and-run collisions

New simulations show that Mercury and other unusually metal-rich objects in the solar system may be relics left behind by hit-and-run collisions in the early solar system.


ASU faculty member named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor

Biogeochemist Ariel Anbar has been selected as Arizona State University's first Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor.


New soil moisture sensor tracks drought conditions in Arizona, Mexico

Graduate student Adam Schreiner-McGraw has installed a new type of soil moisture sensor in four different ecosystems in the southwestern U.S. and northwest Mexico.

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