Science

NASA, UA partner to test planetary defense systems

The University of Arizona is partnering with NASA and observatories across the world to observe an asteroid named 2012 TC4. The purpose of this experiment, which is the first of its kind, is to test humanity's capabilities to defend itself from extraterrestrial threats, such as asteroids. Read more

Guide dogs hopefuls require a hands-off approach

A “helicopter parent" may not be the best candidate to raise a future guide dog, according to new research from the Arizona Canine Cognition Center. The most successful guide dogs had less attentive mothers as puppies, making them more independent. Read more

Browse the internet without leaving footprints

Connecting. Encrypted. Secured. You’re in. You can now freely and securely browse the web. Though this seems like something out of a ‘90s hacker movie, what’s actually being described is the process of connecting to a virtual private server (VPN). Read more

STEM faculty share their favorite sci-fi movies

STEM faculty at the University of Arizona were asked what their favorite sci-fi movies of all time were. Below is a list of their choices, including a little information about the reality of the science depicted within the films, as well as their cultural importance. Read more

Campus Guide '17: What makes Tucson a great science city?

As UA has grown, Tucson’s reputation as a “science city” has grown too, with major discoveries and innovations occurring regularly. Some of the area’s science-landscape highlights include the UA Tech park, which works with inventors and entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to market, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, considered one of the best in the world and the Raytheon Company, one of the top employers in the city and a significant defense contractor. Read more

Campus Guide '17: Net Neutrality should be appreciated, defended

Net Neutrality is the idea that internet content should be openly accessible without Internet Service Providers (ISPs) blocking, restricting or favoring content. This prevents ISPs from regulating different web services to fast-lanes and slow-lanes of Internet traffic based on whether these services are willing or able to financially submit to these charges. For those who have unlimited data plans on their cell phones, imagine that instead of your internet access being slowed down once you reach your data cap, your Internet access is slowed based on whether or not the website you’re trying to access has paid a premium to be in one of these fast-lanes. Read more

Burro Fire one of many regular Southern Arizona blazes

The Burro Wildfire began its conquest of the Santa Catalina Mountain range on Friday, June 30. Since then, the fire has spread across over 27,000 acres in the eastern region of the Catalinas, causing the evacuation of Mount Lemmon residents and employees. Meanwhile, the Frye fire near Safford has burned nearly 50,000 acres of the Pinalenos mountain range. Read more

Space experts comment on closest-yet Jupiter photo mission

Juno, a NASA probe launched in 2011 from Cape Canaveral and now in orbit around Jupiter, completed a flyby — its closest yet — of the gas giant’s Great Red Spot on Monday. The spacecraft recorded close-up photos of Jupiter’s well-known high-pressure zone and captured data which will better our understanding of the planet and by extension the solar system. Read more