Science and Technology

The green circles in this satellite image of southwestern Kansas are crops being watered by central pivot irrigation, which draws water from a well in the center of each field. Some of the water is groundwater from deep under the Great Plains states. (Credit: NASA)
June 19, 2019
A new study led by a UA hydrologist is the first to examine the impact of large-scale groundwater pumping that began in the U.S. in the 1950s on surface waters.
Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt stands next to a steep-walled crater named Shorty on Dec. 13, 1972. The UA's Jessica Barnes is among the scientists selected by NASA to be granted access to previously unopened samples, including some collected during NASA's last manned mission to the moon. (Photo: NASA)
June 18, 2019
Thanks to new technological tools, moon samples collected by the Apollo astronauts a half-century ago hold answers to questions that weren't even on scientists' minds at the time.
A virtual city called CyberApolis allows students to learn technologically advanced skills in a hands-on environment.
June 14, 2019
Students will soon be able to earn a bachelor of applied science degree in intelligence and information operations at the UA, thanks to a $1.5 million Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence grant from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.
Subtropical Storm Andrea, which formed on the evening of May 20, is this year's first named storm. The UA forecasting model predicts a total of 16 named storms this year. (Image: NOAA)
June 14, 2019
The UA Hurricane Forecast predicts there will be eight hurricanes during this year's Atlantic hurricane season, which started on June 1.
An environmentally safe biocompatible polymer blend that can be mixed with water and applied with existing equipment provides a new option for dust control.
June 13, 2019
Using technology developed at the UA, startup Clean Earth Tech plans to provide a novel solution to a common problem in arid climates – air pollution caused by dry air and blowing dust.
According to a hypothesis developed by UA alumni William Hartmann and Donald Davis, the moon was formed from a debris blown off primordial Earth by a giant impact during Earth's formation. Their 1974 paper introduced what is now the leading theory of lunar origin. (Image: William Hartmann)
June 12, 2019
Where did the moon come from? The Giant Impact Theory germinated in the mind of a UA graduate student as he mapped the surface of the moon and is still cited today as scientists learn more about our celestial neighbor.
June 5, 2019
A UA-led team of engineers and scientists are researching new methods, including "magic" microbes and chemical processes, to remove insensitive high explosives from soil and water.
William Hartmann projecting photographic plates of the moon onto a white globe to create the Rectified Lunar Atlas. (Courtesy: UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory)
June 4, 2019
For decades, UA scientists have contributed to the research that has shaped our understanding of our solar system and the universe – beginning with the Apollo 11 mission 50 years ago.
"My research explores new ways to take advantage of the cache's positive qualities while mitigating its negative qualities," said UA electrical and computer engineering professor Tosiron Adegbija.
June 4, 2019
A UA professor hopes to drastically reduce energy consumption in devices such as mobile phones and tablets through the use of STTRAM, an alternative to static RAM in computer caches.

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