Science

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

UA researchers connect bee diet to gut bacteria

A recent study led by a UA graduate student is focusing on how a decrease in pollen availability is negatively affecting the gut microbes of honeybees. These microbes can either benefit or harm the bee, depending on the insect’s diet.  Read more

Are finals stressing you out? UA health experts are here to give advice

As university students, stress is an everyday part of our lives—whether we like it or not. College puts students under excess amounts of stress, and all too often students are unable to deal with it in a healthy way. With finals coming up fast, it is important to try and get a better understanding of what stress itself means for you. Read more