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Five quick tips for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society Show

If you’re not a geologist, a trip to the Tucson Gem Mineral and Fossil Showcase might just be a blur of glittery rocks and expensive jewelry. But with some of the world’s finest gems, minerals and fossils on display, it would be a shame not to take full advantage of the experience this year. These five facts will help you prepare to attend a show and truly get the most out of your experience. Read more

Radiocarbon dating shines new light on Mayan civilization

While Mel Gibson’s thrilling film “Apocalypto” attempted to depict a clear image of Mayan culture, it didn’t. There are in reality extensive gaps in our understanding of this civilization. In a recent paper, UA professor of anthropology Takeshi Inomata and his team have used radiocarbon dating to dig deeper into the history of the Mayan people. Read more

Last week in science: January 29

In case you missed them, here are four science stories that broke new ground last week. In robotics, medical technology, paleontology, and science policy, these advances made headlines around the world. Read more

Four UA researchers named Bisgrove Scholars

Four out of the five annual Arizona-wide Bisgrove Scholar Awards have been awarded to UA researchers. Each will receive $200,000 to support them in their current research. Jianqiang Cheng, Michael Marty, Luke McGuire and John Schaibley are all current assistant professors at UA who plan to put the grant money to good use. Read more

UA experts discuss the state of buffelgrass around Tucson

Ever bite into a cookie thinking it was chocolate chip only to find out the “chocolate chips” were actually raisins? Buffelgrass is that cookie. To an outsider, it looks just like part of the desert landscape, providing an illusion of a thriving ecosystem. But behind the scenes, it’s destroying the habitat of native plant species, such as Saguaro cacti, mesquites and palo verdes. Read more

Rooftop garden competition highlights the future of food production

This semester, the Arizona Student Unions are holding a competition for undergraduate students to design a garden on the Student Union Memorial Center roof. Teams of five interdisciplinary students will have about three months to plan out a garden that will produce crops to be donated to the Campus Pantry at UA. Read more

Biologists find key traits for species success

Usually, the “what came first” question refers to the chicken and the egg, but that’s not the case for UA researchers John Wiens and Tereza Jezkova, professor and postdoctoral researcher in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology, respectively. Read more