Science

Q&A: Space round table to bring new topics to campus

Stephen Fleming hosts monthly round tables centered around space, as part of a series he started in 2017. Fleming is the vice president of Strategic Business Initiatives at the University of Arizona and has played a crucial role in bringing the space community together in the Tucson area.  Read more

Four ways for undergrads to get involved in science research

The UA offers plentiful opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in research. Many professors offer individual research opportunities to students who show interest and to those they believe capable of taking on the responsibility. In addition, a number of formal opportunities exist for motivated students. Follow William Rockwell on Twitter. Read more

Science around town: four Tucson events this spring

While you may know that Tucson hosts the world’s largest gem and mineral show every year, did you know that the city also has a Beat Back Buffelgrass Day? As college students, we spend most of our time cramming for tests, juggling insane work schedules and waiting in line for our caffeine fix at Starbucks. However, it might be worth sacrificing some extra sleep, because Tucson is hosting some science-themed events in 2017 you’ll want to be awake for. Read more

Student teams show off tech skills, ideas at Hack Arizona

Cheers erupted from a full Centennial Hall on Friday, Jan. 13, following the opening ceremony for Hack Arizona, the largest hackathon in the Southwest, hosted by UA. Hack Arizona is geared toward college students interested in creating and learning about new technologies. Read more

Horror movies in winter: what makes us enjoy fear?

Halloween may be months behind us, but that hasn’t stopped filmmakers from doing their best to scare our wits out in the middle of winter. Case in point: ”The Bye Bye Man,” a new supernatural horror film, opened to excellent sales last Friday. But if horror films are timeless, one might ask the question: Why do we enjoy being scared at all? Read more

OSIRIS-REx to search for Trojan Asteroids

In February, the spacecraft OSIRIS-REx will begin a search for Trojan asteroids—unique asteroids that share Earth’s orbit. The search will take place over a period of 10-12 days and will be conducted by a team at UA’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. “[This search] gives us a chance to really practice a maneuver that we will execute again in 2 years and ensure that we’re performing it correctly, our cameras are working appropriately, and it’ll be an added plus if, during that search, we find a Trojan asteroid,” said Sara Knutson, OSIRIS-REx science operations lead engineer for the mission. Read more

Researchers at UA improve temperature measurement

For the first time, scientists have figured out how to measure a system, no matter how extreme the energy difference. Two UA physicists may have fundamentally altered thinking about thermodynamics, a branch of physics focusing on heat and how it relates to energy. Read more

Three science events to look out for in 2017

2016 saw many scientific discoveries like advanced drone technology research, the first space mission to an asteroid launched, and the EMDrive broke the laws of physics, just to name a few. With new innovations and breakthroughs in science happening in the blink of an eye, we decided to make it easier to stay up to date on some important approaching news. Read more

Five UA events to get your science fix

Many members of the university community may find themselves feeling overwhelmed by their new classes after winter break. To ease into the new semester, students may want to stop by some events designed to promote education and conversation within the sciences. Below is a list of upcoming science-geared events. Read more