For 20 years, the city of Scottsdale has been considering building the Desert Discovery Center at the main entrance to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a permanently protected desert habitat. The Desert Discovery Center will provide exhibits, programs and activities for those going to the preserve and will continuously provide data on living and thriving in desert areas throughout the world. Recently, the Scottsdale City Council voted to move the project forward, but it is opposed by the Protect Our Preserve organization, which believes the preserve should not have any development beyond trails and trailheads. Scottsdale vice mayor Kathy Littlefield, who opposes the Desert Discovery Center, and councilwoman Linda Milhaven, who is for the project, will discuss the issue.
Arizona State University researchers have created a supercapacitor that you can eat. The supercapacitor could be used to power a camera or wipe out E. coli. Certain foods can store and conduct electricity and when sandwiched together, they create a supercapacitor - a high-capacity electrical component that can store electrical energy temporarily. ASU associate professor of mechanical engineering Hanqing Jiang (Han-ching Gee-ang) and research team member Wenwen Xu (Wen-wen Shu) will tell us more about their discovery.
A purchase at a Phoenix thrift store led to the discovery of an audio recording of Dr. Martin Luther King’s visit to Phoenix and Arizona State University in 1964. Rob Spindler, an ASU archivist and curator, and Keith Miller, an ASU English professor who has written two books on King, talk about King’s visit and what’s on those audio tapes.
The earliest known fossil of the human genus was discovered by a team from Arizona State University in Ethiopia in 2013. The lower jaw with five teeth is dated to 2.8 million years ago, setting back the first known example of the human genus 400,000 years. William Kimbel, director of ASU’s Institute of Human Origins, and ASU anthropology graduate student Chalachew Seyoum, who discovered the fossil, will discuss the extraordinary find.
Arizona State University Physicist Lawrence Krauss makes his monthly appearance on Arizona Horizon to enlighten us on the latest science news, including the discovery of a very earthlike planet and an exomoon.
Following the discovery of 6,000 uninvestigated child abuse cases, hundreds of people showed up at a forum in Phoenix Tuesday to talk about problems with Child Protective Services. The forum was spearheaded by the Children’s Action Alliance, and Beth Rosenberg, the director of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Policy for the Alliance, will discuss what people talked about at the forum.
All known life on earth requires phosphorus as an essential nutrient. However, the discovery of a bacteria that uses the normally toxic element of arsenic instead of phosphorus is changing thoughts on what life on other planets might need to exist. A NASA-funded research team made the announcement about the new life on earth, and Arizona State University professors Paul Davies and Ariel Anbar co-authored the paper on the discovery. Both talk about their findings.
We’ll take a look at the Valley’s Discovery Triangle. It’s a regional cooperative effort to enhance, develop and revitalize property within the geographic triangle that connects downtown Phoenix, Tempe and Papago Park.