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When Plants Go Polyploid

UANews | September 12, 2011
Multiplying an entire genome – a naturally occurring process common in plants but less so in other organisms – comes with an evolutionary risk, researchers report in Science magazine. Plant lineages with multiple copies of their genetic information face higher extinction rates than their relatives whose genes were not duplicated.

UA Mining Lab Gets Jumbo Gift from Industry Partners

UANews | September 8, 2011
Mining engineers in the UA College of Engineering are the proud new owners of a 40-foot-long monster drilling rig, thanks to industry partners Asarco and Atlas Copco. Students will use the rig to carve out new tunnels at the UA's San Xavier Underground Mining Laboratory, about 23 miles south of Tucson.

Ancient Humans Were Mixing it Up

UANews | September 5, 2011
Anatomically modern humans interbred with more archaic hominin forms even before they migrated out of Africa, a UA-led team of researchers has found. The discovery suggests genetic exchange with their more morphologically diverged neighbors was more widespread than previously thought and all humans today may carry genes from now-extinct Homo varieties.

Mission Possible or Impossible? UA Space Systems Engineer Has the Answer

UANews | September 1, 2011
Scientists have endless ideas for extraterrestrial exploration. Some are feasible, some not. In a two-part series, we look at how UA engineer Roberto Furfaro gives the red or green light to space missions.

UA Eyes $30 Million Google Lunar X Prize

UANews | September 1, 2011
In the second brace of article about the research of UA space systems engineer Roberto Furfaro, we look at his work with Moon Express, a privately funded lunar transportation company that plans a pinpoint landing on the moon in 2014, giving it a good chance of winning the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize.

UA Research: Building a Better Bomb Sniffer

UANews | August 31, 2011
A team led by UA professor and inventor M. Bonner Denton received a 2011 R&D 100 Award for a breakthrough in detection technology that could advance monitoring for nuclear activity, environmental damage, forensic testing and more.