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UA Researcher and Colleagues Discover the Birthplace of the Chili Pepper

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-04-21 00:00
The chili pepper is used in cuisines around the globe, but it was born in what is now Mexico. UA researchers have discovered it was first cultivated throughout the region more than 6,500 years ago.
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Scientists at the UA Make Critical End-Stage Liver Disease Discovery

UA News Science & Technology - Fri, 2014-04-18 00:00
The discovery of an unknown cellular pathway has helped scientists and physicians better understand end-stage liver disease and offers a potential target for new therapeutics that could slow or even reverse the disease’s progression.
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UA Researchers are Creating Better Thermal-Imaging Lens From Waste Sulfur

UA News Science & Technology - Fri, 2014-04-18 00:00
A UA-led research team has developed a new use for the sulfur left over from oil and natural gas refining: made into a plastic polymer, the material can be made into cheap and lightweight lenses for infrared-light detection devices.
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UA Professor Diana Liverman Named Guggenheim Fellow

UA News Science & Technology - Tue, 2014-04-15 00:00
Diana Liverman, co-director of the UA’s Institute of the Environment, has received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to help identify solutions that alleviate poverty and reduce emissions.
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Research Proves Children Retain More Information When They've Napped After Learning

UA News Science & Technology - Tue, 2014-04-15 00:00
Sleep is essential in helping young children apply what they learn, according to new research by Rebecca Gómez, associate professor in the UA Department of Psychology. In this Q&A, she talks about her new work, which she presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting in Boston on April 8 as part of a symposium on sleep and memory.
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Marcia McNutt: Clean Energy Among Key Challenges for Geoscience Students

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-04-14 00:00
Marcia McNutt, former head of the U.S. Geological Survey and current editor-in-chief of the journal Science, spoke during the UA's EarthWeek.
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FDA-approved Drug Database Created by UA Professor Being Used Globally

UA News Science & Technology - Thu, 2014-04-10 00:00
Jón T. Njardarson, an associate professor in the UA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has created a visual database of all FDA-approved drugs – the first of its kind. The website has received hundreds of thousands of downloads across the world.
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UA Scientists to Begin Construction on NASA Spacecraft that will Visit Asteroid in 2018

UA News Science & Technology - Thu, 2014-04-10 00:00
The UA-led OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission successfully passed NASA's Mission Critical Design Review, allowing the endeavor to proceed from the planning and design stage to building the spacecraft and developing the ground system in preparation for launch in 2016.
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UA Fish Collection Provides Invaluable Data Spanning Half a Century

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-04-09 00:00
With more than 175,000 preserved specimens, including many that are now extinct, the UA fish collection provides critical material for ecologic study. The collection is actively used in teaching, research and public outreach efforts.
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UA Study Examines Residential Solar Power and How to Make it More Affordable

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-04-09 00:00
Residential solar panels are a big financial investment. One UA researcher is examining why some homeowners choose to go the green route and what it means on a national level.
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UA’s EarthWeek 2014 Kicks off Tuesday With Student Research

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-04-07 00:00
The UA’s EarthWeek 2014, to run from April 8-11, will feature student research and guest speaker Marcia McNutt, editor of the journal Science.
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Ancient Fossil Reveals Oldest Known Circulatory System

UA News Science & Technology - Fri, 2014-04-04 00:00
A fossil creature buried in an "invertebrate version of Pompeii" more than half a billion years ago reveals the first-known cardiovascular system in exquisitely preserved detail. The organ system is surprisingly complex and adds to the notion that sophisticated body plans had already evolved more than half a billion years ago.
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Searching for the Self: Morality Makes You Who You Are

UA News Science & Technology - Fri, 2014-04-04 00:00
The quest for what defines individual identity – the self – drives many human philosophical, scientific and religious inquiries. UA professor Shaun Nichols has co-authored a study that provides an answer: Personal moral traits are considered the most important self-defining characteristics, he finds.
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Two UA Professors Appointed Regents' Professors

UA News Science & Technology - Thu, 2014-04-03 00:00
UA professors Mary C. Stiner and Jonathan T. Overpeck have been appointed as Regents' Professors, an honor reserved for faculty members whose exceptional achievements merit national and international distinction.
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A PhD Less Ordinary

UA News Science & Technology - Wed, 2014-04-02 00:00
UA graduate programs are advancing medical technologies and enhancing the research enterprise through programs that marry advanced science training with the skills needed for today's workforce while also connecting faculty and students in different disciplines to tackle modern challenges.
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New Laser Technology Developed by UA Could Divert Lightning Strikes

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-03-31 00:00
Optical scientists at the UA have helped develop a technology capable of sending high-intensity laser beams through the atmosphere much farther than ever before. The work could be used in the future to guide lightning away from buildings.
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A Tail of Innovation

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-03-31 00:00
Soon we may have quieter, more efficient planes with smaller wings and possibly even no tails if technology developed by UA aerospace and mechanical engineering professor Israel Wygnanski becomes a reality.
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A New Ocean for the Desert

UA News Science & Technology - Mon, 2014-03-31 00:00
An ambitious undertaking is underway to turn the former coral reef ocean habitat inside Biosphere 2 into a living lab modeled after the Gulf of California, thriving with research, education and outreach opportunities. Science writer Daniel Stolte strapped on a scuba tank to explore the only "ocean" in the Arizona desert.
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4-H Programs Bring Enrichment and Learning to Thousands in Arizona

UA News Science & Technology - Fri, 2014-03-28 00:00
With more than 100 projects for youth involvement across the state, Arizona 4-H shows its dedication and commitment to service of the statewide community every day. That dedication has been recognized this year with the Governor’s Award for Service and Volunteerism and the Western region Volunteer of the Year award.
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Catapulting UA Discoveries to the World

UA News Science & Technology - Thu, 2014-03-27 00:00
The UA's Tech Launch Arizona presented its first Catapult Awards on Monday, honoring those whose work is moving UA inventions into the marketplace. Four awards were given to UA faculty researchers who have demonstrated excellence as inventors and effective TLA partners. Two additional awards recognized contributions from community members outside the UA.
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