NASA’s Newest Space Telescope Relies on UA Technology
Assembled with UA technology and know-how, the Near Infrared Camera that will form the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope is ready to be 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.
UA Grows Gourmet Mushrooms That Recycle Waste
Mushrooms are the great decomposers of the Earth. What can these voracious fungi do with urban waste? That's what plant scientists at UA are studying. They're growing mushrooms on coffee grounds, landscape waste, even pizza boxes - and reducing that waste to compost. They're also producing delicious high-quality gourmet mushrooms that could be headed to market.
Supernova Discovered at UA SkyCenter
Adam Block, host and astrophotographer at the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, unexpectedly discovered a supernova - a massive star ending its life in a giant explosion - in a photo obtained with the center's Schulman Telescope for a different purpose. He spotted the supernova in a photo he took of a famous galaxy that is 400 million light years away.
Marks on Martian Dunes May Reveal Tracks of Dry-Ice Sleds
Chunks of frozen carbon dioxide most likely carved linear gullies into sand dunes on Mars, according to a new study combining images from the UA-operated HiRISE camera and experiments conducted on dunes here on Earth. The results add to a series of discoveries reminding us that Mars is less Earth-like than it may seem.
Biotech Crops vs. Pests: Successes, Failures From the First Billion Ac...
Experts with the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have published a landmark study analyzing why pest resistance to genetically modified crops evolved quickly in some cases, but not in other cases. The global assessment could help to gauge the risk of resistance for new biotech crops before they are commercialized.
Sixteen UA doctoral students have received Achievement Rewards for College Scientists awards for their academic achievement and contributions to their fields. The students are investigating cancer, diabetes, optics and imaging, among other topics.
A $7.8 million grant will be used by researchers – including those at the UA – to examine the safety and human consumption of seafood following oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers will seek to determine the vulnerability of affected coastal communities following the April 2010 spill.
Warming of the ocean's subsurface layers will melt underwater portions of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets faster than previously thought, according to new UA-led research. Such melting would increase the sea level more than already projected.
Wildcat Racing, the UA's formula race team, competed recently in a race that tested the solid engineering underlying its car's construction. Each year, club members spend two semesters building a racecar from scratch.