Science and Technology

Christopher Walker's team successfully launched the Stratospheric Terahertz Observatory (STO) from McMurdo in Antarctica on Dec 8, 2016. (Photo: Brian Duffy and Christopher Walker)
March 24, 2017
From a pool of eight proposed missions competing for funding in NASA's Explorer category, the space agency has selected to fund the UA-led GUSTO mission. The goal of the $40 million endeavor is to send a balloon to near-space.
Zinc, chloride, copper, oxygen and water all came together to form this mineral, simonkolleite, on a copper mining artifact in Arizona's Rowley mine. (Credit: RRUFF Project)
March 22, 2017
UA mineralogists identified a group of minerals that owe their existence to human activity, supporting the notion that it might be time to designate a new geological time period.
Ron Garan (Photo courtesy of NASA)
March 20, 2017
UA Online's "Orbital Perspective" class aims to increase global access to science education and provide students with the opportunity to present their work to the United Nations.
UA doctoral student Sixing Lu is helping associate professor Roman Lysecky develop technology on a prototype network-connected pacemaker (left) to detect hacking of a real pacemaker (right).
March 15, 2017
People with implanted medical devices typically never receive software upgrades for the gadgets in their bodies. UA engineers are working to change that.
The bite of the forest cobra, whose scientific name is Naja melanoleuca, can induce a severe neurotoxic envenomation that is potentially life-threatening.
March 15, 2017
Three partners, including the UA's VIPER Institute, are creating videos to educate African health professionals about antivenom and best practices in treating snakebite patients.
Despite being infected with Aspergillus fungus, this transgenic corn cob is not contaminated with aflatoxin, thanks to its defense line of RNA molecules that shut down the toxin production in the fungus. (Photo: Monica Schmidt)
March 10, 2017
UA researchers have discovered an approach that could save crops from contamination with aflatoxin, a threat to health and food security in developing parts of the world. "Aflatoxin is one of the most potent toxins on the planet," study leader Monica Schmidt says. With UANews video.
Monica Schmidt, assistant professor in the School of Plant Sciences, supported KEYS intern Melisa Bohlman in 2014. (Photo: Chad Westover from Biomedical Communications)
March 6, 2017
Two UA researchers, scheduled to give talks during the Tucson Festival of Books, speak about the importance of the contributions made by women in the STEM fields.
The Tucson Festival of Books supports organizations that work to improve literacy rates in southern Arizona. Those groups include Reading Seed, Literacy Connects and the UA's literacy outreach programs. To date, the festival has contributed more than $1.45 million to agencies that improve literacy in the community. (Photo: Jacob Chinn/UA Alumni Association)
March 6, 2017
The annual event on the UA campus is a colossus, potentially tougher to navigate than the writings of Tolstoy or Faulkner. You need a plan of attack. Here's a tip: Follow your interests, and you won't go wrong. There's plenty to like for animal lovers, foodies, science geeks, sports fans and newshounds.
Rats were exposed to room light and fitted with contact lenses, one shown here, that allowed the green spectrum wavelength to pass through the lenses. (Photo: Bob Demers/UANews)
March 1, 2017
There is promising news for those suffering from chronic pain. UA researchers discovered that when rats with neuropathic pain were bathed in green LED, the rats showed more tolerance for thermal and tactile stimulus. A clinical trial with fibromyalgia sufferers is underway. With UANews video.