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Welcome to The Origins Blog. Here we share insights from behind the scenes interviews with our prestigious guests and colleagues, new and inspired perspectives from what we learn and discover about our origins, and a bit of the unexpected about our events and what goes on behind the scenes.

  • Review: Extinctions, Tragedy to Opportunity

  • Posted on February 19, 2015 - 4:00pm
  • Preeminent figures in the fields of biology, paleontology, cosmology, physics, writing, and geology came together as one to engage in a transdisciplinary symposium. This dialogue explored every application and definition that the word extinction could evoke: art, culture, education, technology, evolution, species, planets, and more.

  • The Oxygenation Catastrophe

  • Posted on February 5, 2015 - 5:00pm
  • Approximately 2.3 billion years ago, Earth could have been easily mistaken for a hostile alien planet. The primordial seas were blood red, a hue caused by the massive amounts of suspended iron in the water. It is beneath these red waves in which almost all life on the planet survived, most of which would require a microscope to view.

  • On The Origins of the Origins Project

  • Posted on January 27, 2015 - 6:00pm
  • Since its inception, the Origins Project at Arizona State University has been an important venue for addressing some of the most fundamental questions in the Universe by connecting the world’s top scientists to the public. I met up with Origins Project director and founder Lawrence Krauss in his office last year to talk about how the program came to be and where it is headed in the future.

  • Interview with Alan Alda

  • Posted on January 26, 2015 - 12:30pm
  • After hours of intense conversations on science, communication, and the necessity of collaboration for artists and scientists, Alda was indefatigably charming, giving us thoughtful responses on all manner of questions from science communication to feminism in STEM.

  • Review: Science and Art, Long Lost Lovers, A Dialogue with Alan Alda and Lawrence Krauss

  • Posted on January 22, 2015 - 3:30pm
  • On January 15, 2015, nearly 1,300 people came out to see acclaimed actor Alan Alda and theoretical physicist and director of the ASU Origins Project, Lawrence Krauss, discuss the art of science. I noticed a theme that ran through his mentioned works, and it wasn’t the numerous award nominations or wins he had received – it was science.

  • Abridged Transcript of Interview with Lawrence Krauss

  • Posted on January 6, 2015 - 10:00am
  • In honor of the 5th anniversary of the Origins Project last year, I interviewed Origins director and founder Lawrence Krauss in his office to talk about this history of the program, and where it is headed in the future.

  • Drink Up, Or Not

  • Posted on December 26, 2014 - 11:30am
  • “Science says you can fight the common cold with booze” seems hot news given the sniffles, coughing, and general malaise found in college classrooms near holiday break – might a well-timed cocktail speed recovery as well as provide a short-term distraction from illness?

  • Welcome to the Origins Project Blog!

  • Posted on December 1, 2014 - 10:00am
  • We’re happy to welcome you to the new Origins Project Blog. We’ve created this vehicle to communicate exciting information about the Project and its events, cool fact-checked science stories, interviews with leading intellectuals and scientists, and other content that builds unique interdisciplinary bridges between the lab, the university, and the larger community.