Art and science rendezvous at Tumamoc

A local landmark aims to merge the arts with the science in a collaboration from the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill and the University of Arizona’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. Tumamoc Hill, an 860-acre ecological preserve, is pairing art and science through the Tumamoc Transdisciplinary Arts Program, a project that aims to broaden the understanding to the public of what science-based research goes on at the hill. This program opens up the hill for artists to engage with the desert and science community, according to Benjamin Wilder, Interim Director of Tumamoc Hill. “The goal of this program is to really go back to the initial points of inspiration — how do we better communicate the results of research,” Wilder said.  “We can tell the story in so many different ways and model ways to truly make all our users more appreciative of what a special site this is.” Read more

Changing seasons in the desert

While fall may seem almost mythical in the desert, to those with a trained eye, the months of September, October and November bring about a big change in the Tucson valley. Read more

Cannabis and cancer: another connection

Marijuana, cannabis, hemp -- all are synonyms for the more common term "weed." The common misconception surrounding the dried flowers of Cannabis sativa? That their sole use and purpose is to make you high. Read more

Is it venomous?

Arizona is the venom capital of the U.S., and most of the venomous creatures can be found within an hour drive of Tucson. Read more

Tracking the bites

Since January 1, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recorded over 5,500 cases of Zika virus in the United States and 37,000 in U.S. territories, making tracking disease-carrying mosquitos a public heath cause. Read more

When tech is too much

There are no bones about it, mining the precious minerals used in our electronics has had some pretty serious environmental impacts. Sure, some of these precious minerals end up in life-saving technology that changes the world, but others end up in products that seem simply to serve as a big middle-finger to nature. This week, we’re going to dive into the innovations that only extravagant consumerism could produce. Read more

A genetically modified conversation

A showing of the film “Food Evolution” generated a lively post-show discussion at the Loft Cinema, bringing together three University of Arizona professors and a local farmer to share their perspectives on GMOs. Read more

An exoskeleton built on passion

“I was very involved in a world where I would see a lot of potential in the orthopedics,” Galaz said. "As I kept going with my education, I realized that’s what I wanted to do. It’s my biggest passion in the medical field to help others." Read more

Cassini spacecraft ending 20-year mission by crashing into Saturn

On Friday, Sept. 15, the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn will hurl itself into the gas giant, ending its twenty-year long mission. In its final moments, the spacecraft will collect unique data unlike anything seen before, including samples of Saturn's atmosphere and various pictures of the planet. Read more