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  • Raising Science, Nature Awareness Through Essay Writing
    Monday, June 25, 2012

    Consider your tactile and sensory reality.

    For some, the sound of birds stirring awake with the dawn of day, the plop fish make when hitting water, the strong scent of sagebrush and moist pine or the feel of soft soil underfoot are all foreign.

    Given the tremendous rate of scientific and technological advancements at a time when people are increasing moving to urban areas, the bond between humans and the natural world seems, at times – and is, indeed, for some –...

  • Wall St. man invested in plant research
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    William Boyce Thompson was a mining investor and Wall Street trader who swapped land he had acquired in Northern Arizona for 400 acres of Forest Service land surrounding his Picket Post house near the town of Superior.

    He hired University of Arizona plant scientist Franklin J. Crider in 1924 to establish the arboretum, whose mission was to study the plants of desert regions and educate the public about their uses.

    Visitors might be surprised by the varieties of non-native...

  • Stay Cool With UA Day-Trip Destinations
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    The University of Arizona is a "cool" place to work or go to school. And it's also got a lot of "cool" places to visit and things to do – as in, away from summer's heat.

    Lower temperatures and fun family activities are just a short drive away at the following spots, perfect for a weekend retreat. And always be sure to ask about a UA employee discount.

    Biosphere 2
    Cool factor: 5-10 degrees...

  • More Big Wildfires May Be Future Norm for US
    Friday, June 15, 2012

    For the past 30 years, residents of tiny Laporte, Colorado, near the Wyoming border have gathered inside Bob’s Coffee Shop to swap gossip over coffee and danishes near the dense pine forest of Lory State Park. But since the weekend, Bob’s has become a very different kind of social hub: a de facto refugee camp for homeowners fleeing what many here call the worst wildfire in decades...

  • Middle School Students Apply Science at UA Summer Camp
    Friday, June 15, 2012

    Building a bridge out of spaghetti has its own set of challenges, which a group of Tucson-area middle school students set out to overcome. In doing so, the group worked with members of UA's Biochemistry Club as part of the UA's Blast Off! Summer Science Camp. The camp engages youth in scientific experiments, informing them about physics, engineering, molecular biology and other disciplines. To see images,...

  • Lake detected near equator of Saturn's Titan
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    In a surprise find, scientists say they have spotted hints of a methane-rich lake and several ponds near the equator of Saturn's biggest moon.

    Lakes were previously spied near Titan's polar regions. It was long thought that bodies of liquid could not exist at Titan's midsection because energy from the sun at those latitudes would cause methane pools to evaporate.

    "This discovery was completely unexpected because lakes are not stable at tropical latitudes,...

  • LBT: a leap forward in optical design
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    The Arizona Daily Star's Centennial salute to science in Arizona runs all summer. Each day, for 100 days, we'll record a milestone in the state's scientific history.

    Often called the world's largest optical telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope atop Mount Graham just recently combined both its massive eyes to look at the night sky.

    Either of its 8.4-meter mirrors qualifies as the largest single-mirror telescope in the world. Together they have the light-...

  • Tropical lakes on Saturn moon could expand options for life
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    Nestling among the dunes in the dry equatorial region of Saturn's moon Titan is what appears to be a hydrocarbon lake. The observation, by the Cassini spacecraft, suggests that oases of liquid methane — which might be a crucible for life — lie beneath the moon's surface. The work is published today in Nature...

  • UA Roboclub Teaches Robotics with LEGOs
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Tucson tech: Creative solar programs earn TEP top industry award
    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Tucson Electric Power Co. isn't one of the biggest utilities in the country, but it recently got some big-league props for its solar programs.

    TEP was named the 2012 Investor-Owned Utility of the Year by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), whose members include utilities and solar-industry companies.

    The first annual award was given to TEP last week on the eve of the annual convention of the Edison Electric Institute in Orlando, Fla.

    Criteria for the award...