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  • Collecting Light Part 1: The Popular Science of Public Observatories
    Monday, May 21, 2012

    Geronimo Cruz is part of the public outreach program at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Along with a team of others, he leads several dozen "astronomy tourists" on nightly viewing programs at the mountain-top observatory west of Tucson. First he gives an overview of his past - carefully noting that he is not a professional astronomer, but a mere amateur. He demonstrates finding objects in the...

  • Reintroduced beavers branching out in San Pedro
    Sunday, May 20, 2012

    Aquatic rodents might not instantly pop to mind when you think of Southern Arizona wildlife - but they're thriving this spring along the San Pedro River near Sierra Vista.

    We're talking beavers - those dam-building, tail-slapping mega-rodents more often associated with mountain streams than arid-region rivers.

    "Beavers are doing really well right now on the San Pedro," said Marcia Radke, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. "We...

  • City goes solar at several locations
    Sunday, May 20, 2012

    The city of Tucson is in the process of turning on new solar photovoltaic power systems at seven city-owned sites.

    The power systems are part of an effort by city officials to make municipal facilities more energy efficient while generating revenues.

    The rooftop and carport solar power systems, developed by SPG Solar and interconnected by Tucson Electric Power Co., are expected to generate a combined $6.2 million in revenue within the next 25 years, according to a city news...

  • Sunscreen for visitors of Tucson attractions
    Saturday, May 19, 2012

    With temperatures in the triple digits, and summer's official start looming around the corner, it's time to start thinking about protecting your skin.

    The Skin Cancer Institute at the University of Arizona is doing just that, with their Protect Your Skin Program, which provides sunscreen and sun safety information at some of Tucson's outdoor attractions.

    For the past six years, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has provided sunscreen and sun-blocking umbrellas to its...

  • UA Flandrau, SkyCenter to Host Solar Eclipse Viewing Events
    Thursday, May 17, 2012

    Flandrau Science Center is holding its "A 'Crescent Sun' Over Tucson" viewing party for the solar eclipse on May 20. Tickets also still are available for the viewing from the top of Mt. Lemmon at the UA SkyCenter.

    Flandrau Science Center and the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter will hold viewing events for the annular solar eclipse...

  • Law will require carmakers to make some vehicles noisier
    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    Forget gas mileage: The most striking aspect of the new Ford Focus Electric is what it doesn't have. "Battery-powered cars are intrinsically quiet, the motor sound falling between a whir and a whisper," marvels a New York Times review of the car. "But the Focus is deep-space silent, the quietest of the many electric cars I've driven."

    And that, it turns out, is a problem.

    Due to the Pedestrian Safety Act of 2010, by this summer the National Highway...

  • Nobel Laureate to UA Graduates: Chase Your Dreams
    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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  • Largest Meteorite Hunt in History Yields Treasure for UA
    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

    Thanks to the generosity of three professional meteorite hunters, the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory will own three samples of a rare kind of meteorite leftover from the earliest beginnings of the solar system.

    To the untrained eye, the black, smooth-edged lump that is sitting under a glass cover looks similar to a piece of charcoal. But to scientists Dante Lauretta...

  • Opposition grows to utilities' use of 'smart meters'
    Monday, May 14, 2012

    MONTPELIER, Vt. - Worries about health effects, privacy and cost are fueling growing opposition to wireless, digital "smart meters" that utilities around the country are installing at homes and businesses and touting as key energy conservation and grid reliability tools.

    Vermont appears poised to take an unusually aggressive stance. While several states have allowed utilities to charge a fee to customers who want to opt out of smart meters, Vermont's governor is expected...

  • UANews Presents Top 10 Stories of 2011-12
    Monday, May 14, 2012

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