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Professor Don Gervasio holds up a hydrogen sample that will be used to create a fuel cell battery in the ASU Research Park in Tempe Wednesday afternoon.
ASU chemists are lightening the load for U.S. soldiers when it comes to one of their three basic necessities - bullets, beans and batteries.

Professor Don Gervasio and Sonja Tasic, a research associate, have developed an environmentally friendly hydrogen-gas generator they say can last two to four times longer than batteries of the same size and weight.

Once the generator is compacted into a portable fuel cell the size of a laptop or digital-camera battery, this device will cut the weight in batteries that soldiers carry by half, Gervasio said.

The fuel cell is being developed at ASU's Flexible Design Center, a collaborative venture between the University, private industry sector and government.

Sign 'em up, cowboy

A group of students in cowboy hats stood beside a life-sized, papier-mache cow, singing country music songs on Hayden Lawn Thursday at a rodeo-themed event to register student voters.

"We want to show that voting is lighthearted," said Isaac Kimes, student campaign coordinator for ASU Votes. "People are busy trying to make it to class, and we used the cow to make us stand out."

Police report out on athlete

Almost six weeks after the arrest of a former Sun Devil basketball player, Tempe police have completed their investigation and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office will decide whether to press charges.

Tempe resident Bryson Krueger, 22, was arrested Aug. 10 on charges of possession of dangerous drugs, narcotic drugs, prescription drugs and misconduct involving weapons, according to the police report.

Devils face test at Cal

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Wide reciever Terry Richardson charges upfield with the ball during a game earlier this season.
The ASU football team may have made it through the first quarter of its season unscathed with a 3-0 record, but the team will be traveling into dangerous territory Saturday when it visits the University of California at Berkley.

The game will be the Pac-10 opener for both teams in a conference race that should be tight, as four teams are currently ranked in the top 25.

For ASU, playing against Cal will mean finally competing against a quality opponent.

The Sun Devils outscored their first three opponents 107-38, and NAU, Nevada and Colorado collectively posted a 2-7 record in the opening month of the season.

"This will be a big challenge for us," coach Dirk Koetter said. "California doesn't give you too much. We are going to have to go up there and earn it."

ASU's much-improved defense, which leads the nation in sacks, will have the task of going toe-to-toe with a juggernaut California offense.

Olympic Sports Roundup: Cross country heads to Minn. tourney

One of the biggest challenges the ASU men's and women's cross country teams will face this season is Saturday afternoon's Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minn.

The annual event, which is run at the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstadt Golf Course, will feature six men's and nine women's teams ranked in the top 30 nationally.

On the cover: A walk down memory ave

Photo illustration by Tiffany Tcheng/Katie Lehman / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Urban Outfitters, Starbucks and Hippie Gipsy by day. Hooters, the Library and the Big Bang by night.

These are several of the iconic locations that draw students to Mill Avenue.

But contrary to popular belief, it wasn't always the brew that brought visitors to this mecca of activity.

While some people might assume that Tempe is devoid of a rich culture and history, it turns out that Mill Avenue has been a hot spot of activity for decades - dating back all the way to the late 1870s.

In fact, Mill Avenue was established as a main gathering place for Tempe residents long before ASU became a university.

By taking a look at Mill Avenue's history, it's possible to get an idea of just how much Tempe's culture has evolved over the years.
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