UA News Science & Technology
Updated: 9 hours 21 min ago
Assembled with UA technology and know-how, the Near Infrared Camera that will form the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope has been shipped to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and soon will be integrated into the telescope structure. Also, thanks to a UA-led outreach program, the Girl Scouts have played a special role in science and astronomy education across America.
By studying how the human cytomegalovirus, or CMV, packages its genetic material during infection, an international collaboration of researchers has identified potential inroads for new therapies that could one day prevent birth defects and save transplant patients from virus-caused complications. UA researcher Felicia Goodrum is among the team investigating CMV, which infects most people at some point in their lives.
The UA Mineral Museum has received one of the world's most significant single donations of research minerals. The collection - which contains 8,000 samples, including 1,000 species the museum did not previously own - may help identify rocks on Mars.
Growing lush carpets of grass in the arid Southwest using effluent water is challenging. It’s an exacting science to pick the right type of grass, water it barely enough to keep it growing, then make certain that salts do not reach levels that burn or kill the turf. UA research shows how to keep athletic fields, golf courses and parks green – while using 20 percent less water.