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  • UA's Public Eye to the Stars
    Thursday, April 26, 2012

    The Schulman Telescope is the largest in the country dedicated exclusively to public outreach. The instrument will be formally dedicated to the UA's Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter on April 28.

    Thanks to the very generous support of Joseph and Dixie Schulman of the Schulman Foundation, a 32-inch reflecting telescope will be dedicated at the University of Arizona's Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter on April 28.

    The...

  • Arizona's Greenspace Honored
    Thursday, April 26, 2012

    For the third consecutive year, the UA has been selected as a "Tree Campus USA" school.

    The Nebraska-based Arbor Day Foundation has named the University of Arizona a 2011 Tree Campus USA school in honor of the UA's "commitment to effective community forestry management."

    The UA has garned the award for three straight...

  • UFO Spaceship Orbiting the Sun, or a Camera Glitch?
    Thursday, April 26, 2012

    UFO hunters have spotted a curious object near the sun in a new NASA image. It is, in the words of a blogger for the website Gather, "what looks like a metallic, jointed spaceship with a gigantic extension, perhaps a boom arm, anchored off its lower end." The YouTube video drawing attention to the object has quickly made its way to discussion forums and the tabloid press, and many seasoned UFO believers are calling it a definite "spot."

    But does ...

  • Tycoons hope to mine asteroids
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

    WASHINGTON - A group of high-tech tycoons wants to mine nearby asteroids, hoping to turn science fiction into real profits.

    The mega-million-dollar plan is to use commercially built robotic ships to squeeze rocket fuel and valuable minerals like platinum and gold out of the lifeless rocks that routinely whiz by Earth. One of the company founders predicts they could have their version of a space-based gas station up and running by 2020.

    The inaugural step, to be achieved in the...

  • Green Carts freshen up NYC neighborhoods
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

    NEW YORK - On the busy commercial strip along Knickerbocker Avenue in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood are all the shops one might expect to find in a poor area branded a "food desert": two 99-cent stores, a check-cashing center and plenty of pizza and fried chicken joints.

    But thanks to Alfonso Victor and Elena Ferreira, there's also an oasis of fresh fruits and vegetables. Just about every weekday for the past three years, even in the depths of winter, the couple...

  • Tucson solar firm seeks buyer for portable line
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

    Tucson-based Global Solar Energy Inc., said today it is seeking to sell off its portable photovoltaics line to focus on its building-integrated solar business.

    Global said it has hired FTI Capital Advisors LLC to conduct the sale of its portable products business.

    Portable solar power devices were the first market for the company's thin-film photovoltaic technology. Its portable products include devices for military applications, mobile professionals and outdoor enthusiasts...

  • City baked at 101° on Sunday, 1 of earliest triple-digit days
    Monday, April 23, 2012

    Tucson did it Sunday. Rather, the heat did it.

    The mercury reached 100 degrees and then some, according to the National Weather Service's Tucson Weather Forecast Office.

    The three-digit high came at 1:51 p.m. at Tucson International Airport. It topped out at 101 degrees.

    The century mark arrived earlier in the year than usual, according to the weather service. It was the second-earliest day on record that Tucson has hit the 100-degree mark.

    The earliest date...

  • Sun powers tourists' interest, ranch itself
    Monday, April 23, 2012

    For nearly 50 years, the White Stallion Ranch has relied on Southern Arizona's unwavering sunshine to help bring in business.

    Many of the 4,000 tourists who flock to the Old West-style guest ranch annually to ride, rope and play cowboy decide on the Stallion because of the good weather, especially during peak season, said co-owner Russell True.

    These days, the sun is doing much more for the place than providing a selling point for potential visitors.

    For a little...

  • Earth Day 2012 at the University of Arizona
    Monday, April 23, 2012

    University and community members celebrated Earth Day in Main Gate Square on April 20

  • Saguaro cactus found in Arizona's higher elevations
    Monday, April 23, 2012

    TUCSON -- The saguaro cactus is proving to be an upwardly mobile species.

    One saguaro has been found growing under an oak tree at about 4,500 feet in Tucson's Catalina Mountains. It's flourishing in woodland terrain that is well above the species' more typical range at elevations from sea level to 3,500 feet.

    While a few saguaros have been found in higher ground, scientists are now pondering: Are warming temperatures of recent decades leading to a general upward...