Science

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

UA astronomers make observations on blinking brown dwarfs

University of Arizona scientists, led by Daniel Apai, associated professor of astronomy and planetary sciences, have found the reason behind the unusual fluctuation in brightness of brown dwarfs. Brown dwarfs are celestial bodies smaller than planets but larger than stars. Read more

Here's how to have a sustainable semester

As students, you’ve all been told a hundred times how important it is to be sustainable. Your gen-ed science professor preached about it, the student-run organizations tried to recruit you and even your roommate called you out for leaving the lights on in the kitchen. Read more

The flow of what's below: A million dollar idea

The W.M. Keck Foundation has awarded the University of Arizona geoscientists a three-year, $1 million grant to research fluids beneath Earth’s surface. The goal of the project, titled "Evolution of Crustal Paleofluid Flow Systems," is to get a better understanding of the effects and reactions of underground fluids, such as oil, groundwater and gas. Read more

The joys of using someone else's computer

The cloud, or as I like to call it, “someone else’s computer,” has become thoroughly integrated into our daily lives. We can automatically back up our pictures to iCloud, turn in our homework using Dropbox and email our peers gigantic files using Google Drive. Cloud services have become so easy to use they seem to have created a mystique surrounding what is actually happening to our data when they're uploaded to "the cloud."  Read more

An Earful: Disappearance, deception and alternate reality in "Rabbits"

“Rabbits” is a story about a journalist’s search for her missing best friend and the frightening alternate reality game that ties into her disappearance. The main character Carly Parker is tired of police ignoring her concerns about her best friend Yumiko, and decides to do some digging herself — but she quickly gets wrapped up in the strange and complicated ARG known only as Rabbits. Read more