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  • 2012 Fisker Karma EcoChic
    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Wanting to take a real shakedown road trip with the Fisker Karma, we scanned the map for a proper destination and came up with a place called Biosphere 2. Located in Arizona, some 440 miles east of our current offices in Newport Beach, California, this remote facility is a sort of a futuristic architectural wonder that doubles as an experimental greenhouse/enclosed environmental laboratory in the...

  • Ice melt found across 97 percent of Greenland, satellites show
    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Three satellites found that 97 percent of Greenland -- the land mass second only to Antarctica for its volume of ice -- underwent a thaw never before seen in 33 years of satellite tracking, NASA reported Tuesday.

    Satellite experts at first didn't trust their readings, especially since they showed an incredible acceleration. Over four days, Greenland's ice sheet -- which covers 683,000 square miles -- went from 40 percent in thaw to nearly entirely in thaw.

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  • A Conversation with UA's New President
    Monday, July 23, 2012

    University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart says she wants to drive up the graduation rate by helping students return to the idea of a four-year college education.

    The UA's graduation rate now is 61.4 percent, which Hart said in an interview for Friday’s Arizona Week broadcast is not good enough.

    It should move to 65 percent in five years and climb higher after that as part of the 2020 targets set for all Arizona public universities by the Board of...

  • Raytheon Collaborating With UA to Improve STEM Education
    Monday, July 23, 2012

    When Lisa Kist returns to her middle school this month, she will be introducing high-tech 3D and virtual reality software under a program supported by Raytheon Missile Systems that is designed to revolutionize ways students are engaged in the classroom, especially around the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

    Kist, a student in the University of Arizona Math & Science Teacher Education/Retention Industry Partnerships, or...

  • Making Mirrors for the Sun
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Just behind the University of Arizona's Bear Down Gymnasium, a house-sized frame of crisscrossing steel tubes is mounted onto a swiveling post in the concrete bottom of an empty swimming pool.

    The tracker, as the structure is called, supports two curved, highly reflective glass mirrors, each measuring 10 feet by 10 feet. The tracker is "on sun," converting the hot Arizona summer sun into electrical power.

    "We use mirror-making technology we developed at the...

  • Taking Solar Energy to the Next Level
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Blake Coughenour, a graduate research associate in the UA College of Optical Sciences, is among the graduate students working to optimize a new concept in solar energy production. Led by Roger Angel, director for the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab, the project carries the promise of providing a viable alternative to fossil fuels.

  • Hundreds Welcome New UA President Ann Weaver Hart
    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    On July 9, University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart was escorted up the UA Mall for her first day in the office after having taken administrative responsibility of the institution on July 1.

    When Hart and her husband, Randy, stepped out of the black sedan in front of the Administration Building, the Pep Band's horns were blaring, cheerleaders were dancing and hundreds of people were clapping and cheering.

    "I think the crowd here on a warm, sunny July day says it...

  • President Ann Weaver Hart Welcomed to UA Campus
    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • Nobel Laureate, Reporter With UA Ties Among Science’s Best
    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    The first week of July drew together more than two dozen Nobel Laureates, hundreds of young researchers and more than 100 reporters for the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany – and this year, two University of Arizona alumni participated.

    Brian Schmidt, a 2011 Nobel Laureate and 1989 UA graduate in physics and astronomy, and Alaina G. Levine, a 1996 UA graduate of mathematics and 1997 UA graduate of...

  • Dramatic Change Spotted on Faraway Planet
    Friday, July 6, 2012

    HD 189733b has a blue sky, but that's where the similarities with Earth end. The planet is a huge gas giant similar to Jupiter, but it lies extremely close to its star, more than 10 times closer than Mercury orbits the sun on average.

    Even though its star is slightly smaller and cooler than the sun, this makes the planet's climate exceptionally hot, at above 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, and its upper atmosphere is battered by energetic extreme-ultraviolet and X-ray radiation, or...