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Monsoon rainstorms bring moisture from the tropics to the arid lands of the Desert Southwest, supporting a landscape that is much more biodiverse than most other deserts in the world. (Photo: Deborah Lee Soltez)
Aug. 31, 2018
UA researchers accessed untapped clues about monsoon activity in the Sonoran desert during the last ice age to help predict how regional climates may respond to future conditions.
This patch of oak shrub surrounded by forest is the result of an 1899 forest fire in northern New Mexico. Researchers suggest such changes from forest to shrubby, hard-to-walk-through vegetation will become more common as global warming continues. (Photo: Ellis Q. Margolis)
Aug. 30, 2018
The current warming from climate change may drive a dramatic change in vegetation within the next 100-150 years unless greenhouse-gas emissions are reduced, reports a UA-led international team.
PolyCam, the largest of three cameras on the OSIRIS-REx mission, helped spot the asteroid Bennu from millions of miles away and will also serve as a microscope to explore the surface of the asteroid as the spacecraft gets closer. (Photo: Symeon Platts/UA)
Aug. 28, 2018
Using its multipurpose camera designed at the UA, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft spied its target asteroid for the first time from about 1.4 million miles away. UANews spoke with three OSIRIS-REx mission scientists who planned the first-light image of Bennu. The mission is well on track, and the spacecraft is expected to reach the asteroid Bennu in December.
UA students in the sustainable built environments program prepare to interact via virtual exchange with their peers from the American University in Cairo.
Aug. 27, 2018
Harnessing Innovation through Virtual Exchange, or HIVE, is buzzing at the UA and at the American University in Cairo as classrooms transform into global hubs of knowledge.
Jay Nunamaker developed the AVATAR system with graduate students to make border crossings both more secure and more efficient. (Photo: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona)
Aug. 27, 2018
UA researchers have developed AVATAR, an interactive system that interviews border crossers, monitors thousands of physical signals and alerts agents when it detects deception.
U.S. Sen. John McCain.
Aug. 25, 2018
Sen. John McCain, the University of Arizona's commencement speaker in 2005, died Saturday at age 81.
Artist’s conception of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft during a burn of its main engine. (Credit: Heather Roper/UA)
Aug. 24, 2018
Using its multipurpose camera designed at the UA, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft spied its target asteroid, Bennu, for the first time from about 1.4 million miles away.
Researchers measured the level of detail with which study participants were able to describe past events in their lives.
Aug. 23, 2018
UA psychologist Matthew Grilli found that people who carry a gene variant that increases the risk for Alzheimer's disease have greater difficulty describing detailed memories of past events.
New research suggests that single moms may not be penalized in the same way as married mothers in the workplace, perhaps because they are perceived as both the primary caregiver and primary breadwinner.
Aug. 22, 2018
Previous research has shown that mothers and fathers experience different biases at work, but a new study suggests these biases disappear for single parents.