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Brown Foundations' $2.5 Million Challenge Kicks Off Catapult Corp

UANews | August 28, 2014
From laboratories to the marketplace, a new UA program will help companies find success. Initiated with a $2.5 million gift from Tucson's Thomas R. Brown Foundations, the Catapult Corporation – dubbed "Cat Corp" – will provide early-stage capital to promising startup companies emerging from UA researchers and students.

Your Secret Food Supplier: The Humble Honeybee

UANews | August 28, 2014
Honeybees play a vital, behind-the-scenes role in Arizona's agricultural industry. They are responsible for pollinating agricultural crops that make up one-third of our diet, including fruits and vegetables.

UA Astronomers Witness Asteroid Smashup

UANews | August 28, 2014
Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, UA astronomers have spotted an eruption of dust around a young star 1,200 light-years from Earth. The dust most likely resulted from collisions between large asteroids, which can eventually lead to the formation of terrestrial planets.

Southwest May Face Megadrought in this Century, UA Researchers Find

UANews | August 27, 2014
A study by Cornell, UA and U.S. Geological Survey researchers found that due to global warming, the chance of the southwestern United States experiencing a decadelong drought is at least 50 percent, and the chance of a "megadrought" – one that lasts up to 35 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century.

New Veterinary Degree Program Made Possible by $9M Gift is Critical for State

UANews | August 26, 2014
Thanks to a foundational gift of $9 million from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, the UA will soon be home to the state's first public veterinary medical and surgical program.

UA Science Could Make Canola Oil More Nutritious, and Broccoli More Tasty

UANews | August 25, 2014
Genomics researchers of the University of Arizona's iPlant collaborative have helped unravel the genetic code of the canola plant. The findings will help breeders select for desirable traits such as more nutritious oil content, faster seed production and adapting the plants to grow in more arid regions.

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