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Galápagos Hawks Hand Down Lice Like Family Heirlooms, Study Finds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Celebrating Apollo 11 – the UA’s Role in the First Manned Lunar Landing to Space Exploration Today

Wed, 2014-07-16 00:00
Since the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory was established in 1960, UA scientists have played a key role in nearly every NASA mission, from the Apollo expeditions to the upcoming OSIRIS-REx mission to an asteroid.
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Brain of World's First Known Predators Discovered

Wed, 2014-07-16 00:00
A UA scientist and his colleagues have found the fossilized remains of the brain of the world's earliest known predators, from a time when life teemed in the oceans but had not yet colonized the land. The discovery reveals a brain much simpler than those known in some of the animal's prey and helps answer questions surrounding the evolution of arthropods.
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Meet the Gomphothere: UA Archaeologist Involved in Discovery of Bones of Elephant Ancestor

Mon, 2014-07-14 00:00
An ancient ancestor of the elephant, once believed to have disappeared from North America before humans ever arrived there, might actually have roamed the continent longer than previously thought. Archaeologists, including the UA's Vance Holliday, have uncovered the first evidence that gomphotheres were once hunted in North America.
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Tiniest Catch: UA Scientists' Fishing Expedition Reveals Viral Diversity in the Sea

Mon, 2014-07-14 00:00
Using bacteria as bait, UA scientists caught wild ocean viruses and then deciphered their genomes. They learned that the genetic lines between virus types in nature are less blurred than previously thought.
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