Arizona State University Receives Grant to Study Climate Change
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has awarded ASU a $20 million grant to study the current state of climate change using real-time data research tools. The Foresight Initiative grant will be distributed over five years to analyze areas of potential instability if climate change were to impact resources such as food, water and energy. Leveraging computing and system modeling initiatives at ASU and partner organizations, the Foresight Initiative will explore ways to anticipate and mitigate national security risks associated with climate change and use data to determine the effectiveness of policies designed to address these issues.
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Quinoa is a healthy gluten-free alternative to pasta that is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, heart-healthy fats, and several types of nutrients.
By Ryan Hixson
U.S. Route 66, Mother Road, Will Rogers Highway, or Main Street of America. Whichever name you choose, Route 66 is one of the most iconic original highways of the U.S. highway system. Route 66, established in 1926, originally ran from Chicago, Ill., to Santa Monica, Calif., crossing through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and of course, Arizona. This dusty road has seen its fair share of vehicles. Model T’s trucked along the road, packed station wagons hauled their cargo of families to California and Corvettes peeled out along old Route 66. Countless Harleys have traversed the cracked pavement alongside shag-carpeted Volkswagen buses. Now, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) has launched a new tour to add a modern twist to the generations of automobiles that have cruised down Route 66, the electric vehicle.
By Kelli Vu
With the new installment of the Tucson Streetcar now in operation, about 100,000 people who are living and working within half a mile of its route now have an easier and faster way of moving around central Tucson. Streetcar team member Kenna Smith said, “The Streetcar will help connect all of these different districts by bringing 4th Avenue, downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona together.”
By Crista Alvey
The Dalai Lama said, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” And why shouldn’t we pursue happiness? Not only does it feel good, it’s good for us. Positive emotions have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease by 50%. Happy people live longer and have better health. They are also more successful. When we’re positive, our brains are more motivated, engaged, creative, energetic, resilient, and productive.
And the good news is we can control a good amount of our happiness. Although 60% of our happiness is determined by our genes (50%) and our environment (10%), the remaining 40% is up to us: the daily activities and conscious choices we make. So our actions really can make a difference.
So take a few minutes to reflect on six habits that have been scientifically proven to make people happier, and make the decision to add one or more of them to your daily routine. You’ll be happy you did. Read more