Science and Technology

A computer simulation of superheated plasma swirling around the black hole at the center of our galaxy. (Image: Chi-Kwan Chan, Dimitrios Psaltis and Feryal Ozel)
Feb. 21, 2018
A worldwide collaboration will work on ways of processing unprecedented amounts of data in real time, with a primary goal of assisting the effort to take the first-ever pictures of a black hole. However, applications eventually could include self-driving cars, renewable energy and national defense.
Diane Thompson (left), Roberto Pépolas (center) and Alexander Tudhope use a vegetable-oil-powered hydraulic drill to take a core from a Porites lobata coral head near Wolf Island in the Galápagos. (Photo: Jenifer Suarez, courtesy of the Cole lab)
Feb. 21, 2018
A UA-led team studied the natural temperature archives stored in corals and found the ocean around the Galápagos Islands has been warming since the 1970s.
The Tesla Roadster and its mannequin passenger, Starman. This image was captured by cameras onboard the vehicle. (Image: SpaceX)
Feb. 20, 2018
After the successful test launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, the UA's Catalina Sky Survey tracked the rocket's payload to help determine the Tesla's course around the sun.
UA law professor Jane Bambauer says the current state of artificial intelligence is like the Wild West — and that's why she finds it so intriguing. (Photo: Bob Demers/UANews)
Feb. 20, 2018
Artificial intelligence is here to stay, says UA law professor Jane Bambauer, adding that it's important to ask: Is an algorithm biased? Is it manipulative? Are there moral or political issues?
As an undergraduate, Namrah Habib served as an image processing intern for NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission at the UA. As a Churchill Scholar, she will collaborate with students from the United Kingdom as she pursues a master's degree at the University of Cambridge.
Feb. 19, 2018
Namrah Habib is one of 16 students to receive a Churchill Scholarship, which will allow her to pursue a Master of Philosophy in Astronomy at the University of Cambridge.
Lyn Hart was working as a nurse at Tucson's Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital when she first laid eyes on Tumamoc Hill. (Photo: Mari Cleven)
Feb. 16, 2018
A new program funded by the UA’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry is transforming the popular walking spot into a creative hub for artists and scientists.
Judy Brown, a plant virologist in the UA's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is working with African scientists and farmers to create greater awareness of a disease that is killing cacao trees. (Photo courtesy of Judy Brown)
Feb. 14, 2018
Cacao trees are dying at alarming rates in West Africa, a main source of cocoa for much of the world's chocolate production. UA plant scientist Judy Brown is trying to determine what makes them sick — and develop tools that will help growers fight for their livelihood. With UANews video.
With Duolingo, computer scientist Luis von Ahn wants to make language learning as accessible and affordable as possible. (Photo: Bob Demers/UANews)
Feb. 13, 2018
Luis von Ahn, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the inventor of CAPTCHAs, was the fourth speaker in the College of Science lecture series.
The Kakavas family watches an Ultimaker machine create a  3-D model.
Feb. 12, 2018
What organizers call the first 4-H Fab Lab in the country, and the first fabrication laboratory in an Arizona public school, is engaging students in STEM and fulfilling the mission of UA Cooperative Extension.