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OSIRIS-REx and Planetary Society Launch 'Messages to Bennu' Campaign

UANews | January 15, 2014
Members of the public can have their names carried aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft when it leaves on a round-trip voyage to asteroid Bennu. Led by the UA, the OSIRIS-REx mission will scoop a sample from the asteroid and return it to Earth, where it will help scientists better understand how the planets and our solar system came to be.

New UA Center to Offer Solutions for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

UANews | January 14, 2014
A new center established by the UA's Institute of the Environment will leverage the UA’s research and outreach related to living within the constraints of arid and drought-prone environments to connect research to real-world issues faced by land-use planners.

UA Solution for Deadly Shrimp Disease to Become Available Worldwide

UANews | January 13, 2014
UA researchers have developed a rapid screening test to detect disease-causing bacteria in commercial shrimp farms. Delivering results within hours instead of days, the new method will be the first on the market and meets a critical need within the shrimp producing industry. The technology will be available worldwide through a licensing agreement facilitated by Tech Launch Arizona.

UA-Developed Avatar is Helping to Screen New Arrivals at Bucharest Airport

UANews | January 9, 2014
A kiosk-based screening system being developed at the UA uses a virtual border agent to interview travelers while also monitoring their behavior for the tell-tale signs of someone who's lying. The AVATAR system has been tested along the U.S.-Mexico border and is now being tested at a Romanian airport.

7 Questions for Dante Lauretta, Leader of UA's Biggest Space Mission

UANews | January 9, 2014
Dante Lauretta, a professor in the UA's Department of Planetary Sciences, is leading the biggest NASA mission the UA has ever undertaken. Scheduled to launch in September 2016, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will rendezvous with asteroid Bennu, scoop up a sample and bring it back to Earth. Here, Lauretta talks about what it takes to reach an asteroid and why an electric guitar plays an essential part in the OSIRIS-REx mission.

Prefer Dry Heat to Arctic Chill? Genetics Might Be the Reason

UANews | January 8, 2014
As record-setting cold temperatures hit the East Coast, the Midwest and parts of the South, UA researchers weigh in on how our genes affect our ability to deal with extreme weather – hot or cold. A person's adaptability can be determined by his or her ability to sweat, skin pigmentation, heart strength and even how close blood vessels are to the surface of the skin.