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

Engineering Design Days showcases student inventions

On May 1, teams of engineering students showed off the fruits from a year’s worth of work for Engineering Design Days.  One hundred and five different teams were tasked to design and/or construct prototypes and concepts of gadgets ranging from an anti-drone device to a tube that would help prevent choking in hospital patients. Read more

Despite policy efforts, natural gas slowly replacing coal

President Donald Trump focused much of his campaign speech on reviving the failing coal industry with deregulation and more jobs, but Derek Lemoine, an assistant professor of economics and UA Statistics-Graduate Interdisciplinary Program professor, said Trump’s rhetoric has a few issues.  Read more

Sawmill Fire: Wildfire a hot topic for UA experts

A wildfire sparked in the Santa Rita Mountains Sunday and is currently sweeping across the Coronado National Forest. It has already claimed over 40,000 acres of mesquite, oak and riparian woodland, according to reports from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. Read more

Students progam self-driving cars during three-day competition

The autonomous car is part of the Cognative and Autonomous Test Vehicle Competition, a hackathon-esque, three-day challenge where teams of two to four students collect data from the car's sensors, code instructions to the car, and eventually run a system to make the car drive on its own. Read more

Hard rock at Old Main: UA mining students compete to drill massive boulder

On the morning of April 21st, a group of hard-hatted, safety-goggled, (mostly) bearded individuals gather near a 20-ton boulder next to Old Main. Students of UA’s Mining and Geological Engineering department, they’d come to test their mettle and see who could drill the deepest hole into the massive rock—using a drill weighing close to 120 pounds with only two minutes to do it. Read more