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UA Flandrau Science Center Goes 'FullDome'

UA News Science & Technology - Fri, 2014-08-29 00:00
A state-of-the-art digital projection system has been installed at the UA Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium that will captivate visitors as they tour the Earth, the universe, the human body and virtually any other part of the natural world like never before. Providing access to a network of satellite imagery, Flandrau personnel can quickly integrate scientific data into their shows to engage viewers with fascinating events occurring anywhere on the globe.
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Brown Foundations' $2.5 Million Kicks Off Catapult Corp

UA News Science & Technology - Thu, 2014-08-28 00:00
From laboratories to the marketplace, a new UA program will help companies find success. Initiated with a $2.5 million gift from Tucson's Thomas R. Brown Foundations, the Catapult Corporation – dubbed "Cat Corp" – will provide early-stage capital to promising startup companies emerging from UA researchers and students.
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Your Secret Food Supplier: The Humble Honeybee

UA News Science & Technology - Thu, 2014-08-28 00:00
Honeybees plays a vital, behind-the-scenes role in Arizona's agricultural industry. They are responsible for pollinating agricultural crops that make up one-third of our diet, including fruits and vegetables.
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UA Astronomers Witness Asteroid Smashup

UA News Science & Technology - Thu, 2014-08-28 00:00
Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, UA astronomers have spotted an eruption of dust around a young star 1,200 light-years from Earth. The dust most likely resulted from collisions between large asteroids, which can eventually lead to the formation of terrestrial planets.
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New Veterinary Degree Program Made Possible by $9M Gift is Critical for State

UA News Science & Technology - Tue, 2014-08-26 00:00
Thanks to a foundational gift of $9 million from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, the UA will soon be home to the state's first public veterinary medical and surgical program.
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UA Science Could Make Canola Oil More Nutritious, and Broccoli More Tasty

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-08-25 00:00
Genomics researchers of the University of Arizona's iPlant collaborative have helped unravel the genetic code of the canola plant. The findings will help breeders select for desirable traits such as more nutritious oil content, faster seed production and adapting the plants to grow in more arid regions.
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$9 Million Gift to Support the University of Arizona’s Veterinary Medical and Surgical Program

UA News Science & Technology - Fri, 2014-08-22 00:00
Thanks to a $9 million Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation gift, the UA will be able to launch Arizona's first public program to train Doctors of Veterinary Medicine.
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New Initiative Puts UA Research to Work for Small Businesses

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-08-20 00:00
A new UA initiative aims to drastically increase the region's economic competitiveness by putting the power of research behind new and small businesses with the help of federal funding and regional partnerships.
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Laser 'Lightning Rods' Channel Electricity Through Thin Air

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-08-18 00:00
A new technique developed by UA researchers can potentially direct an electrical discharge up to 10 meters away, shattering previous distance records for transmitting electricity through air. Possible future uses include lifesaving applications such as remote detonation of land mines.
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Testing Water for Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-08-18 00:00
UA doctoral candidate Victoria Obergh is testing Tucson-area wastewater systems to discover where antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be found and how they're getting there.
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UA Program Promotes Smart Water Use in Arizona and Beyond

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-08-13 00:00
The UA’s Conserve2Enhance program is helping people save millions of gallons of water across the desert Southwest, and giving them the option to donate their water bill savings to support green projects in their communities.
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Transformational Gift to McKnight Brain Institute Launches Matching Campaign

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-08-13 00:00
A $5 million gift from the McKnight Brain Research Foundation and the matching contributions will help the UA to play a prominent role in the emerging field of neuroscience.
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Through Innovative Partnership, 'Hot Shot' Team Tackles Yuma Produce Perils

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-08-11 00:00
The UA's new Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture will provide Yuma-area growers with real-time science and information to quickly address challenges in desert agriculture.
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Galápagos Hawks Hand Down Lice Like Family Heirlooms, Study Finds

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-08-06 00:00
Studying Galápagos hawks and their lice, a UA-led research team provides some of the first field evidence for co-divergence between parasites and hosts as a major driver of biodiversity. Among the findings: As the birds diversify into distinct populations on each island, their parasites diversify with them.
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UA Optics at Heart of Telescope Poised to Catch the Action in the Universe

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-08-06 00:00
The National Science Foundation has agreed to fund the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which is built around a revolutionary optical mirror setup designed at the UA. The instrument will scan large swaths of the night sky, and capture images of exploding stars, passing asteroids and other short-lived phenomena in the cosmos.
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Breathing Deeply – and Safely – After a Fire

UA News Science & Technology - Thu, 2014-07-31 00:00
UA researchers are working to ensure that firefighters can breathe safely when cleaning up from a fire by improving the breathing apparatuses they and other first responders use to protect themselves from dangerous gases that can be emitted after a blaze is extinguished.
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UA Engineering Student Holding Her Own in Multiple Mining Internships

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-07-30 00:00
Danielle Taran’s internships have zigzagged her across Texas and stepped her through the life of a mine – from digging coal to reclaiming land. The first-generation college student played at Carnegie Hall in high school and is now holding her own in a field where men have dominated for centuries.
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Generating a Genome to Feed the World: UA-Led Team Decodes African Rice

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-07-28 00:00
An international team of scientists led by the UA has sequenced the genome of African rice. The new information could help answer the 9 billion-people question by producing rice that survives better in areas hit hardest by hunger.
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Support for UA Native American Grad Students Gets Boost With $2.4M Grant

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-07-23 00:00
The UA and three other higher education institutions have united to increase the number of American Indian and Alaska Native students in the STEM fields. The collaboration has just received a $2.4 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the program, which was founded at the UA.
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Size and Age of Plants Impact Their Productivity More Than Climate, UA Study Shows

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-07-21 00:00
The size and age of plants have more of an impact on their productivity than temperature and precipitation, according to a landmark study by UA professor Brian Enquist and postdoctoral researcher Sean Michaletz. The results have important implications for climate change models.
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