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

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

Last week in science: Horse lineages and needle-free shots

A variety of fascinating scientific discoveries were made just shy of Independence Day, ranging from equine genetics to advances in how we receive flu shots.  Drowning not the end for wildebeest  A team of ecologists from Millbrook, N.Y.'s Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies have discovered that the corpses of wildebeest who drown crossing rivers provide key nutrients to the environment for years.  The discovery was made when the team discovered a water quality difference in the Mara River of Tanzania based on the kinds of animals found in different locations along the river. Read more

Asteroid Day: An ode to the extraterrestrial

In addition to ushering in a new month, June 30 is also Asteroid Day, a festival on the anniversary of the cataclysmic 1908 Russian "Tunguska Event" asteroid impact, which leveled everything within 700 meters of the crash zone. The UA community will be hosting a number of events in honor of these extraterrestrial bodies and our exploration of them. Read more

Scarier than needles: Expert talks medical device hacking

Dr. Christian Dameff and Dr. Jeff Tully, graduates of the UA College of Medicine in Phoenix, recently hosted a summit on the threat of computer hacking aimed at hospitals and medical devices. With modern medicine relying so much on technology like insulin pumps, pacemakers and electronic medical records, an instance of malicious hacking could be lethal. Read more