ASU’s effort to help create a groundbreaking telescope

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021

Catalyst takes us through time and space and introduces us to a new telescope that’s said to be released this year. Even with telescopes, there are a lot of things we cannot photograph in space. There is so much in space waiting to be observed and discovered, and Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration gets to have a part in it.

Catalyst: Solar Spell

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

The pandemic has us leaning on the internet to do what we can’t do in person. Limited internet access is hurting the education of kids in western countries and in the U.S., including Arizona. There are plenty of communities around the world that don’t even have the internet. From the Catalyst science team and producer Steve Filmer, a story about how students and tech innovators at ASU are closing that gap.

Controlling T-cells to attack cells linked to Type-1 diabetes

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020

An encouraging new study at the University of Arizona (UA) could lead to new immunotherapy treatments for Type-1 diabetes and could be extended to other autoimmune diseases. The study involves genetically engineered T-cells that can seek out and destroy pathogens in the pancreas. The research was led by UA’s Michael Kuhns, an associate professor in immunobiology.

Catalyst 303: Isotopic forensics

Monday, Dec. 7, 2020

A little less than half of those who die trying to cross the southern U.S. border die in Arizona. Those sobering numbers present a scientific challenge: identifying the person who died so that loved ones can know what happened.

Catalyst 301: Eyes on Mars

Monday, Dec. 7, 2020

When the next rover lands on Mars, most of the pictures it sends back will be taken by cameras designed at Arizona State University. For the first time, a rover will give us a 3-D view of features on the red planet, thanks to cameras that let us see in stereo.

Catalyst: Locust swarms

Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

History shows that pandemics aren’t the only threat to human populations. Even old religious texts mention swarms of locusts and the risk of famine they can bring. A new outbreak of locusts is now threatening East Africa, but researchers here in Arizona are working on ways to stop the swarms.

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'Professor T' Season 3

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