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ASU KEDtalks: Risk Is Not Just a Four Letter Word

Risk is a fun­ny thing. It affects pret­ty much every­thing we do. And yet, most of the time we treat it like a dirty lit­tle secret. Something that’s there, but we’d rather not talk about it, a lit­tle bit like an embar­rass­ing rel­a­tive. This prob­a­bly isn’t such a good idea, though.

ASU KEDtalks: Visitors from Another World

So here’s the thing about mete­orites. They’re not some strange or obscure phe­nom­e­na. They are cen­tral to under­stand­ing the ori­gin of our home plan­et, to our very exis­tence on this plan­et, and even to our future.

ASU KEDtalks: Plagued with Questions

All locusts are grasshop­pers, but not all grasshop­pers are locusts. Locusts are grasshop­pers that when exposed to spe­cif­ic envi­ron­men­tal cues will form mass migra­tions and become a continental-level chal­lenge. The imme­di­ate impacts of locusts on agri­cul­ture are obvi­ous. For exam­ple, the desert locust plague in Western and Northern Africa that occurred between 2003 to 2005 cost an esti­mat­ed 2.5 bil­lion US dol­lars in crop loss­es.

ASU KEDtalks: Democratizing Digital Design

Rather than begrudg­ing­ly push­ing soci­ety for­ward to be ready, I ask design­ers to crit­i­cal­ly reflect on the lim­i­ta­tions of their own design prac­tices and to remem­ber that to design for one inter­sec­tion of society—namely, afflu­ent middle-to-upper-class white American men—does not mean that those designs will work for those who do not iden­ti­fy as such. Even with mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

ASU KEDtalks: Designing Earth’s Future

Geologists are try­ing to rec­og­nize the mag­ni­tude of this change by giv­ing our epoch a spe­cial name: the Anthropocene,” the age of humans. Some peo­ple find this depress­ing because they think that the Anthropocene is inevitably a bad thing. But it’s not. Because we aren’t bac­te­ria. Those brains that give us the abil­i­ty to har­ness ener­gy also give us the abil­i­ty to shape the way the plan­et is trans­formed. We can design our future.

ASU KEDtalks: What Your Poop Says About Your Health

The gut micro­bio­me is asso­ci­at­ed with many meta­bol­ic and gas­troin­testi­nal dis­eases, like obe­si­ty, Type 2 dia­betes, and inflam­ma­to­ry bow­el dis­ease. 60 to 70 mil­lion peo­ple are affect­ed by diges­tive dis­or­ders, and over 97 bil­lion pre­scrip­tions are writ­ten annu­al­ly to treat these debil­i­tat­ing ill­ness­es. But a poor diet is the most impor­tant fac­tor that can deter­mine whether you get meta­bol­ic and gas­troin­testi­nal dis­eases.

ASU KEDtalks: What Soap Leaves Behind

We have an omnipres­ence of antimi­cro­bial chem­i­cals. We can­not escape them any­more. They are in our water, in our air, in our soil, in our food. They are in the wildlife and they are in us. But iron­i­cal­ly, they are much more effec­tive in killing things oth­er than microor­gan­isms.

ASU KEDtalks: Journey to a Metal World

We think Psyche is the met­al core of a small plan­et that was destroyed in the high-energy, high-speed first one one-hundredth of the solar sys­tem’s time. It is the only way that humankind can ever vis­it a met­al core, because Psyche is the only body like it in the solar sys­tem, and we can nev­er go to the Earth’s core.

ASU KEDtalks: Hunting for Hydrogen, a Moonshot

We’re send­ing LunaH-Map to the moon to sniff out just how much hydro­gen is beneath the sur­face. And we’re look­ing for hydro­gen because it’s a key com­po­nent of water. Water is geo­log­i­cal­ly inter­est­ing on the moon. How did it get there? It’s also impor­tant for future human explo­ration, since it could be used as fuel.

ASU KEDtalks: Charting a Course for Colorado River Water

The sto­ry of run­ning Lava Falls is the sto­ry of the Colorado River in the American West today. Right now, we are in those rel­a­tive­ly calm waters above the rapids, enjoy­ing the beau­ti­ful canyon scenery. But, now we begin to hear the omi­nous roar. In the American West we face chal­lenges man­ag­ing the Colorado River.

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