Space Sprouts

Some of our favorite science fiction (like Kim Stanley Robinson’s epic Mars Trilogy) involves terraforming distant Earth-like planets in the hope of generating functional ecosystems and sustaining human life. But what’s wrong with the planetary bodies right in our own backyard? In 2015, NASA plans to launch the Lunar Plant Growth Habitat into space to […]

Social Robotic Therapy

Growing up is hard enough. Being a young child with autism is even more difficult. For those who have become frustrated with traditional treatments, there is hope. Social robots are more than tools for collecting data: they can be a real friend. Social robots serve as therapeutic instruments that are modified to fit the specific […]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

D. Fox Harrell and His Phantasmal Media

Professor D. Harrell of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an artist, scientist, and computer programmer rolled into one. Through the Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory, Harrell has dedicated his work as an artist-scientist to link imagination with computation. “Fantastic stories, rich metaphors, social relationships, and even our senses of self are all rooted in […]

Computer Scientist Grace Hopper, Subject of Today’s Google Doodle, Rocked Letterman in 1986

Today’s Google doodle honors Grace Hopper, the late, great computer scientist who was known as the “queen of software.” Had she not died in 1992, Hopper would have turned 107 today.

Hopper, who received a Ph.D. from Yale in mathematics before entering the Navy and working her way up to rear admiral, was a pioneer in the early days of computing. Women were well-represented in the field in the 1940s, but Hopper’s work stands out: She helped create the programming language COBOL, for instance, as well as the colloquial language we still use for computers. As the Washington Post …read more

Review: Digital Culture Showcase

On Friday, December 6 2013, ASU’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering hosted the Digital Culture Showcase. The event featured unique and interactive projects created by students in the Digital Culture program. Students were encouraged to design projects and installations ranging from immersive environments and functioning prototypes to animated short films. For example, Digital Culture […]

Digital Culture Film: Storm Sisters

Three sisters—Altostratus, Cumulus and Cirrus—rule the sky, each in their own domain. However, when the girls start intruding on each other’s territories, the sky is off balance and it is the land below that must pay the price.

I created this 2D animated short for my Capstone project for ASU’s Digital Culture program during the Fall 2013 semester. It is often difficult to understand how our actions impact everyone around us. Just like the weather, our emotions and relationships with one another are constantly changing. “Storm Sisters” uses nature, sibling rivalry, and chaos theory to remind us all of our influence on each other and the world around us.

“Storm Sisters” debuted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at ASU’s Digital Culture Showcase.

Extinct, No More?


You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. Fortunately, embryo cloning may help us to learn from our mistakes. Scientists are hoping to bring back (or should we say “resurrect”?) the bucardo mountain goat by making cloned embryos from frozen cells, which will be implanted into female goats. If the clones survive, these Spanish […]

Student Documentary Project: The Science of Silk

Last spring, the Center for Science and the Imagination organized a project that teamed up ASU student filmmakers, scientists and engineers to create original documentaries about ambitious, solutions-oriented research going on at Arizona State University. Throughout the semester, the students researched, wrote and produced several short films documenting exciting moonshot ideas for transforming our shared future. The project is just one of CSI’s many efforts to highlight the importance of narrative and storytelling in thinking constructively and critically about science, technology and the future.

“The Science of Silk,” created by Cody Frear, Nicholas Jakob, Grayson Stanton and Janett Salas, profiles the work of Jeff Yarger, professor in ASU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of the Magnetic Resonance Research Center. Yarger and his team study spider silk – a material 5 times stronger than piano wire by weight – and is working to develop synthetic spider silk mimic materials that could be used to produce all kinds of amazing things, from lightweight bulletproof vests to artificial tendons.

The Rightful Place of Science - Politics

New book – The Rightful Place of Science: Politics

ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), a close collaborator with CSI, has just released the first two anthologies in its new series, The Rightful Place of Science. The mission of the series is to explore the complex interactions among science, technology, politics and the human condition. The first book, The Rightful Place of […]