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  • Exhibit portrays 'desert illuminated'
    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    The Sonoran Desert will bloom out of season - but no less dramatically - beginning Monday when noted photographer John P. Schaefer's exhibit, "The Desert Illuminated," opens in the Long Gallery at Academy Village, an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East.

    "The Desert Illuminated" presents an elegant collection of Schaefer's works never before shown in Tucson.

    But calling...

  • US kids show improvement in math
    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    WASHINGTON - Some progress. Still needs improvement.

    The nation's report card on math and reading shows fourth- and eighth-graders scoring their best ever in math and eighth graders making some progress in reading. But the results released Tuesday are a stark reminder of just how far the nation's school kids are from achieving the No Child Left Behind law's goal that every child in America be proficient in math and reading by 2014.

    Just a little more than...

  • Scientists: More weather crises are on their way
    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    WASHINGTON - For a world already weary of weather catastrophes, the latest warning from top climate scientists paints a grim future: More floods, more heat waves, more droughts and greater costs to deal with them.

    A draft summary of an international scientific report obtained by The Associated Press says the extremes caused by global warming could eventually grow so severe that some locations become "increasingly marginal as places to live."

    The report from...

  • It’s all uphill from here
    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    UA adds observatory to Biosphere 2 to study several earth processes.

    The UA’s Biosphere 2 is making room for the Landscape Evolution Observatory, a one-of-a-kind research tool that will further the study of several earth processes.

    The observatory will consist of three massive hill slopes meant to simulate those found in natural landscapes. By studying the water run-off, researchers can use the model to monitor how ecological, hydrological and geological processes...

  • But It's a Dry Campus
    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    For years – decades actually – the University of Arizona has been experimenting with ways to save money on water use, using techniques that range all the way from the nanotechnology level down to something as simple as shovels in the dirt.

    It's an ongoing battle both to temper the relentless climb of utility prices and to win the hearts and minds of the campus community.

    Mark Marikos, a senior staff technician in ...

  • This Homecoming, Step Into UA Science
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    During the 2011 Collegiate and Campus Showcase, research labs and science and engineering departments across campus will open their doors to the public to learn about the broad and often surprising range of scientific research through a host of activities and events.

    How do optics reveal drawings under the paint of Renaissance masterpieces? Might there be an economic silver lining to climate change? How are telescope mirrors made underneath the UA's football stadium?


  • UA Mobile App Now Available on All Platforms
    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Through a mobile-optimized website, anyone with a mobile device with an Internet browser can access the Arizona Mobile app.

    The University of Arizona's official app is now available for all mobile platforms. Through a mobile-optimized website, anyone with a mobile device with an Internet browser can access the Arizona Mobile app.

    Until now, the app was available only for the iPhone and Android phones.

    Click here...

  • NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day
    Monday, October 31, 2011

    Each year NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day selects images for popular, annual celebrations that are thematic. Today, Halloween, a SkyCenter image was chosen! It is always an honor to be featured in this way on such a well-known and remarkable website.

  • Ex-skeptic now agrees global warming is real
    Monday, October 31, 2011

    WASHINGTON - A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.

    The study of the world's surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global-warming deniers. He pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data. He was spurred to action because of "...

  • Sander: 'What kind of state do you want to live in?'
    Sunday, October 30, 2011

    University of Arizona President Eugene G. Sander recently met with the Star's editorial board in a wide-ranging discussion.

    Sander was scheduled to retire last July as vice provost and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Science. Instead, he agreed to become president and remain until the Board of Regents hires a replacement. A new leader is expected to be identified by March.

    What follows are excerpts of our conversation with Sander.

    On the...