Science

Climate oscillations give clue of 2017 weather

2016 gained a lot of attention for its unusual weather, and particular attention was paid to the El Niño event, which dramatically altered weather patterns in South America and around the world. Now that a new year has begun, what can the world expect in terms of weather phenomena? Read more

Solitary ice volcano on dwarf planet once one of many

A recent UA study proposed that Ahuna Mons, the sole inhabitant on the dwarf planet Ceres, may once have been joined by other cryovolcanoes. Ahuna Mons, the largest feature on Ceres, was recently discovered by the Dawn spacecraft in 2015 and is thought to be a cryovolcano. Read more

Five science tips to make your Valentine's Day dreamy

Some people seem to have Valentine’s Day down to a science. They send thoughtful love letters, chocolates, and even remember to post something swoon-worthy on social media before the day is over. Meanwhile, the rest of us struggle to plan a date night that doesn’t involve Netflix and takeout, or worse, we forget about the holiday all together. Read more

Five quick tips for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society Show

If you’re not a geologist, a trip to the Tucson Gem Mineral and Fossil Showcase might just be a blur of glittery rocks and expensive jewelry. But with some of the world’s finest gems, minerals and fossils on display, it would be a shame not to take full advantage of the experience this year. These five facts will help you prepare to attend a show and truly get the most out of your experience. Read more

Radiocarbon dating shines new light on Mayan civilization

While Mel Gibson’s thrilling film “Apocalypto” attempted to depict a clear image of Mayan culture, it didn’t. There are in reality extensive gaps in our understanding of this civilization. In a recent paper, UA professor of anthropology Takeshi Inomata and his team have used radiocarbon dating to dig deeper into the history of the Mayan people. Read more