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$1.3M Given to UA for Mining Safety Research

UANews | January 6, 2014
Recognized for offering programs in the full range of disciplines related to mineral resources, the UA has earned a risk management and training effectiveness grants to aid in improving mining safety. All told, the grant funding amounts to more than $1.3 million from the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health.

Walking the Walk: What Sharks, Honeybees and Humans Have in Common

UANews | December 23, 2013
In the first study of human hunter-gatherer movement patterns, a team led by UA anthropologist David Raichlen has found that the tribe’s movements while foraging can be described by a mathematical pattern called a Lévy walk – a pattern that also is found in the movements of many other animals, from sharks to honey bees.

New Look Inside Cell Nucleus Could Improve Cancer Diagnostics

UANews | December 21, 2013
Researchers, including a team from the UA's BIO5 Institute, have successfully isolated and sequenced the entire messenger RNA, or the "genetic photocopies," contained in the nucleus of a single cell – a long-anticipated step forward that could help detect cancer sooner and more accurately.

UA Scientists Help Decipher Origin of Flowers

UANews | December 21, 2013
Researchers have deciphered the DNA of the earliest ancestor of flowering plants, providing long-awaited insight into the evolution of the amazing diversity of the more than 300,000 flowering plant species we enjoy today.

How to Find the Rarest of the Rare in Southern Skies

UANews | December 17, 2013
An interdisciplinary UA team has received over $700,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop a computer program that will sort through between 1 and 10 million alerts of astronomical objects each night from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which will begin operations in Chile in 2022.

The Virus That Makes a Disposable Syringe

UANews | December 17, 2013
For decades, no one knew how a virus that preys on bacteria transfers its DNA into the host cells because it appeared to lack the structures other viruses use for that process. Now researchers have discovered how the virus does it - using a structure that might hold applications for nanotechnology.