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Giant Magellan Telescope Poised to Enter Construction Phase

UANews | February 20, 2014
The Giant Magellan Telescope has completed its design phase, clearing the way to production. The GMT is not only the largest telescope ever built, but it features the world's most advanced mirror design, which was developed at the UA. The telescope will allow astronomers to explore potentially habitable planets and peer back in time to the universe's infancy.

A Road Map – and Dictionary – for the Brain

UANews | February 18, 2014
In an unprecedented effort to standardize the anatomical nomenclature of insect brains, UA neuroscientists have helped create a road map for discoveries that will advance studies of human brain function and disease. Their work, published in the scientific journal Neuron and available to the public, includes hundreds of images and 3-D video animations.

UA and Arizona Celebrate STEM Fields with Annual SciTech Festival

UANews | February 14, 2014
The UA joins the state of Arizona during February and March to celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics with the annual Arizona SciTech Festival. Events for the festival are held across the state, and include expos, discussions, activities and shows for everyone from kids to adults.

Obesity-Related Gut Bacteria Higher in People in Northern Climes

UANews | February 14, 2014
People living in cold, northern latitudes have bacteria in their guts that may predispose them to obesity, a new study has found. The differences in gut microbe communities may stem from an evolutionary trend favoring bacteria that help metabolize food more effectively in colder climates, according to the researchers.

UA Study on Flu Evolution May Change Textbooks, History Books

UANews | February 14, 2014
A new study reconstructing the evolutionary tree of flu viruses challenges conventional wisdom and solves some of the mysteries surrounding flu outbreaks of historical significance, including the influenza pandemic of 1918. The research is likely to change how scientists and health experts look at the history of influenza virus, as well as how it travels among birds, humans, horses and pigs.

Pizza Herb Could Help Curb Foodborne Illness

UANews | February 11, 2014
Carvacrol, the primary active component in oregano oil, effectively kills norovirus, a common cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in hospitals, schools and cruise ships, UA researchers have found. Their study is the first to shed light on exactly how the plant compound renders the virus ineffective.