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Field study shows group decision making not always the best

(Phys.org) —A combined team of researchers from Arizona State University and Uppsala University in Sweden has found that collective decision making by ants doesn’t always result in selecting the best option for adopting a new nest. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes experiments they conducted with ants and artificially lit nests to determine how the ants chose the best option. …read more

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Giant Tower Miles High On Moon, In Arizona State University Archives! July 2013, UFO Sighting News.

By ScottCWaring

Photo above is from the video…the photo below is taken by me at the original source. I have CONFIRMED that this structure is in this photo. SCW
Date of sighting: July 16, 2013
Location of sighting: Earths Moon
This Tower structure was discovered on the moon and was in an Arizona State University archive and thats why there is so little editing of the photo. What I mean is NASA softens all the detail from 100% down to about 87% on purpose…but in this photo we can see high detail buildings, rocks, boulders, dirt, shadows.
The structure is in the photo. It’s in the lower left hand side, then after you take a screenshot, you need to flip it upside-down and you can see it how its meant to be…a tower. Fantastic discovery and you can download the full photo, enlarge it by 3X, and view many structures in it. But I suggest that flipping the whole photo upside down may allow you to find more structures more easily. SCW
Full photo below shows location of tower, but go its too small size so instead click on link above.

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Research team developing model for sustainable desert living

Team ASUNM, a collaborative effort between Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico, has come together to address the inefficiencies of urban sprawl and to create a model for sustainable desert living that has been dubbed SHADE, or Solar Home Adapting for Desert Equilibrium, an entry in the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition that takes place October 3–13, in Irvine, Calif. …read more

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Matt Salmon’s Gay Son Talks Congressman Father’s Same-Sex Marriage Opposition, Reparative Therapy

By The Huffington Post News Editors

The openly gay son of Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) spoke at length about his father’s controversial opposition of same-sex marriage as well as his personal experiences with reparative, or “ex-gay,” therapy in a new interview.

Matt R. Salmon, 24, tells AZ Central that his father “doesn’t support gay marriage, but that doesn’t make him anti-gay at all…my father and I have a great relationship, he’s one of my close friends.”

Salmon, who is a third-year medical student, reveals that he attended reparative therapy while an undergrad at Arizona State University. His decision to end reparative therapy created a rift in his relationship with his conservative father: “We still had a loving relationship, but it was difficult for him to accept and so it was a rough patch.”

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Lotus Mobile unfolds its solar-charging petals

(Phys.org) —A Scottsdale, Arizona, company is making the news with its fold-able solar charging system of 18 panels that resemble a flower, the whole device and can sit atop a vehicle, which gives the device the appearance of a supersized canopy or floppy hat. At least that is the way in which the Lotus Mobile solar charger made its showcased appearance, perched on top of an orange Tesla car, no less, just in case all eyes were not totally riveted. The Lotus Mobile solar power system is the brainchild of the orange car’s owner, Joseph Hui, CEO of the Scottsdale, Arizona, company Monarch Power, and also a professor at Arizona State University. …read more

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Student Who Battled Insurance Company Over Cancer Coverage Dies

By Bruce Watson

Poop Strong  Arijit Guha

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Courtesy Arijit Guha

On Friday, 32-year old graduate student Arijit Guha died of colon cancer. Guha came to national attention in 2012 through “Poopstrong,” his website and Twitter account, which documented his ongoing battle with cancer — and with Aetna, his insurance company.

In 2011, Guha was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer and immediately began to undergo treatment. Unfortunately, his health insurance, which he purchased through his university, placed a $300,000 lifetime cap on his policy. When he reached that limit, Guha found himself caught in a life-or-death battle with Aetna — and in a desperate struggle to raise the money he needed for treatment.

Through “Poopstrong,” Guha told about his fight with Aetna. The story, which highlighted some of the flaws of the public health system, quickly drew attention. Eventually, following a face-to-face Twitter exchange, the company’s CEO, Mark T. Bertolini, agreed to cover the student’s bills. Within months, Guha’s health had improved enough for him to go off chemotherapy. Last fall, however, his cancer returned and his health quickly deteriorated.

On January 1, 2014, Obamacare’s spending cap and pre-existing conditions provisions will be enacted, effectively making it illegal for companies like Aetna to refuse coverage to patients like Guha.

Below is a reprint of our original story on Arijit Guha.

There’s nothing new about using social media to battle big businesses: For years, the media has trumpeted stories of angry customers who voiced their gripes on social networks, often with great results. Recently, however, an Arizona cancer patient went to unusual lengths in his social media campaign, using Twitter and Facebook to engage the CEO of one of America’s biggest insurance companies in a dialog about America’s health care system — and his own troubles within it.

In the end, he emerged victorious: His insurance company, which had previously denied him coverage for his expensive treatments, agreed to pay the bills.

In February 2011, Arijit Guha, a 30-year-old graduate student at Arizona State University, returned from a trip to India with a recurring pain in his abdomen. Convinced that he had picked up “a stomach bug,” he went to the hospital, where he underwent extensive tests. The ultimate diagnosis: Stage IV colon cancer, which had spread to his gall bladder, lymph nodes and abdominal lining.

Courtesy of Arijit GuhaA Brief Respite

Luckily, Guha was insured: When he enrolled at Arizona State, he signed up for the university’s health insurance program, which was underwritten by Aetna (AET) — in fact, he paid extra to sign his wife up for coverage, too. But less than a year into his battle with cancer, Aetna let him know that he was going to have to …read more
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Arizona State University fighting porn site over use of 'Sun Devil'

Arizona State University has taken legal action against the adult website that is using the term “Sun Devil.”

The school believes sundevilangels.com is illegally using the name, claiming it amounts to a trademark infringement.

A representative from Sun Devil Angels told Phoenix TV station KTVK-TV that the website has been using the term “Sun Devil” since 2004 and hasn’t had a problem with ASU until last November.

The porn site is based in New Jersey and reportedly doesn’t use colors, logos, students or other ASU affiliations.

Sun Devil Angels officials say it would cost the company $50,000 to change its domain name and everything associated with that name.

They say the company has no intention of making any name changes and plans to fight ASU.

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US science policy should focus on outcomes not efficiencies

Given the huge investment and power of science and technology in the U.S. it is surprising that more attention isn’t paid to the policy decisions that drive the enterprise, said Daniel Sarewitz, co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) at Arizona State University. What appears to be missing from the equation, he added, is a focus on outcomes. …read more
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Sex offenders are on the move

Convicted sex offenders continue to move freely within communities, including in restricted areas, despite laws designed to limit their movements. A new study, by Alan Murray from Arizona State University and colleagues, uses new tracking techniques to better understand the actual movements of sex offenders. This information can help develop effective strategies to promote public safety. The findings are published in a new book, Crime Modeling and Mapping Using Geospatial Technologies, published by Springer.
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Behind Liberty Bell Bomb Threat: Ex-ASU Professor?

By Evann Gastaldo A former Arizona State University professor went to visit the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia Saturday and told security personnel who were examining his backpack, “I have explosives in there,” police say. Carlos Balsas then left his backpack there and walked away; he was arrested nearby after a brief struggle. Meanwhile,…
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Researchers unravel mysteries of spider silk

(Phys.org)—Scientists at Arizona State University are celebrating their recent success on the path to understanding what makes the fiber that spiders spin – weight for weight – at least five times as strong as piano wire. They have found a way to obtain a wide variety of elastic properties of the silk of several intact spiders’ webs using a sophisticated but non–invasive laser light scattering technique.
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Religion comes to Davos forum

Who created Davos, and why does it exist?

Questions about God and religion were rife at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos this year — providing a philosophical break from the more temporal concerns that tend to dominate the annual gathering of business and political leaders.

“Religion is more relevant now than ever,” asserted Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, a leader of the Russian Jewish community.

Studies around the world show conflicting trends: while Christianity and Islam are showing steady growth in developing countries, the number of people who identify with no religion is on the rise in the richer world.

Goldschmidt quickly found himself in a deep debate with Arizona State University theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss that reflected age-old tensions over religion, science and reason.

Why believe in explanations that lack evidence, and obsess about a book written by ancients who “didn’t know about the revolution of the Earth around the sun,” Krauss asked.

Narkis Alon, a youthful Israeli social activist on the same panel, countered that the religious instinct in essence required no particular proof.

“For me religion is the connection to something higher,” she said.

Sister Carol Keehan, head of the Catholic Health Association, a group representing more than 600 hospitals around the United States, noted that people all over the world have a need to believe in a higher power.

An analysis of more than 2,000 polls, census and other data by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that 84 percent of the world’s 6.9 billion people identified with a religion as of 2010. Christians were the largest group with 2.2 billion, followed by Muslims with 1.6 billion.

However, the study also found about one-in-six, or 1.1 billion people, have no religious affiliation, making them the third-largest group after Christians and Muslims. The unaffiliated mostly live in Asia, with a majority in China, where the government controls official churches.

The debate at Davos reflected a widening gulf within and among nations between the deeply devout and those who identify with no faith.

The conflicts can be seen in recent lawsuits in Italy over displaying crucifixes in public schools and another in the U.K. where a marriage counselor cited his religious beliefs when refusing to work with a same-sex couple. Both cases reached the European Court of Human Rights.

In the United States, Americans with no religion are becoming as important a constituency to the Democratic Party as religious conservatives are to the Republican Party. The “nones,” who overwhelmingly support abortion rights and gay marriage, comprise about a quarter of voters who are registered as Democrats or lean toward the party.

Roman Catholic and other religious conservatives have found themselves on the losing side of culture war battles that a few decades ago they could have won. Gay marriage has been legalized in Belgium, Spain, Canada, Portugal, Argentina and other countries.

Standouts remain, not least in Russia, where 20 gay rights campaigners and militant Orthodox Christian activists were arrested Friday in Moscow near the Russian Duma as it overwhelmingly backed a bill that would ban “homosexual propaganda.”

In Israel, there is a protracted culture war between secular and ultra-Orthodox Israelis, especially in Jerusalem.

Within religions, clergy are facing a crisis of authority caused in part by the Internet. Rank-and-file believers are as likely to turn to Google for information about faith as they are to seek guidance from recognized scholars.

The issue has been especially vexing in the fight against Islamic extremism. Muslim religious edicts, or fatwas, have proliferated across the Internet, along with YouTube video lectures, where dangerous teachings are presented as mainstream religious thought.

In response, many religious groups have been beefing up their online presence, holding lectures and worship services on Facebook and other platforms that include live chats with pastors, study of scriptures and virtual baptisms conducted via Skype.

Meanwhile, religious freedom is an increasingly important consideration in international policy making.

In a study tracking freedom of religion worldwide over three years, Pew found that three-quarters of the world’s population live in countries with tight government restrictions on religious expression.

In Pakistan, Islamist groups have pushed through laws that marginalized Christians and other religious minorities. In Egypt, where the Coptic Christian minority has persistently faced discrimination, violence has flared more frequently between Christians and Muslims following the Arab Spring uprisings. Radical Islamists are behind deadly violence in Mali, Nigeria, the Philippines and elsewhere.

At several of the Davos meetings, speakers debated the consequences of the rise of political Islam across the Middle East as a result of the Arab Spring. Is there something in Islam that is antithetical to liberal values? Definitely not, insisted former Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa and Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu; these are distortions of Islam.

Mohammed Ashmawey, head of an Islamic charity, argued that faith-based charities were behind much of the health care system in his native Egypt.

He drew support from Rabbi David Saperstein, a Reform Jewish leader from the United States, who acknowledged that religion was a force for bad as well as good.

On balance though, he said it was “immensely positive.”

Sania Nishtar, a Pakistani health care activist, almost jumped out of her seat.

“The interplay of religion and politics is very exploitative,” she said.

She argued that religion was behind the absence of family planning in much of the developing world and that clerical objections were raised against even vaccinations.

Like much of the discussions at Davos, this one yielded mostly an agreement to disagree.

Krauss, a militant secularist, said he was open to tweaking his views.

If the stars realigned in the night sky to spell out the words “I am here,” Krauss said he would reassess.

AP Religion Writer Rachel Zoll reported from New York.

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