UA experts weigh-in on NASA's EM Drive

NASA’s peer-reviewed paper on the revolutionary Electromagnetic Drive— colloquially known as the EM Drive—has finally arrived, and it’s created quite a stir in the scientific community. Read more

This week in science: Nov. 19—Nov. 26

Since graduating from the UA in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, Marla Smith-Nilson has founded and become the executive director of Water1st International. The foundation, started in 2005, builds water supply and sanitation systems for poor communities around the world. The foundation also provides training to community members so they can operate these systems independently. The Seattle based foundation is currently working in Honduras, India, Bangladesh and Ethiopia, and Smith-Nilson said they are about to start in Mozambique. Read more

'Symbiosis' art exhibit unites art and biology on Nov. 29

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the Neuroscience Honor Society, Nu Rho Psi will be hosting "Symbiosis," an art event that's focused on the life sciences. The event will take place at the Environment and Natural Resources 2 building, room S107 from 5PM-7PM. Access is free of charge with donations available and 76 pieces of art from various artists across Tucson will be on display. Read more

UA nutrition professor recommends Thanksgiving meal tips

Thanksgiving could be aptly described as a glorified binge fest. Year after year, we eat ourselves into exhaustion and indigestion on this holiday that seems to turn a meal into so much more than just sustenance. "We need to eat to survive, but food is a whole lot more than that. Food brings people together," said Veronica Mullins,cqAssistant Professor of Practice in nutritional sciences at UA.cq"Sharing a meal with family and friends is a special moment that should be cherished. Family traditions and cultural practices are an important part of society." Read more

UA researchers explore polar wander on Pluto

A research team from UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory have drawn several conclusions about Pluto's "heart" in the Nov. 17 issue of Nature. The team is comprised of planetary sciences graduate student James Keane and assistant professor at the LPL Isamu Matsuyama. Read more

This week in science: Nov. 12—Nov. 18

1. Spring is coming early Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service and UA found in a recent study that spring is coming earlier than usual in many national parks across the country. The study compared patterns of historical temperatures throughout 1912 and 2012 for national parks and found that 75 percent of the parks studied experience changes characteristic of spring earlier, and spring’s arrival is classified as extremely early in around half of the parks studied. Read more

Experts weigh in on the science and economics of oil pipelines

The conflict over the Dakota Access Pipeline has ballooned into a complex social justice issue. But what are the basic facts behind the pipeline? Here, economics professor Stanley Reynolds, economics assistant professor Derek Lemoine and associate professor of soil, water and environmental science Joan Curry answered questions about the underlying science of pipelines and pipeline economics. Read more

Political polling:A user's guide

In the wake of last week's election, many are questioning the accuracy and utility of polling for elections in the U.S. Donald Trump's victory, alongside many other surprising victories, came as a shock to the millions who had seen repeated polls showing Clinton as the favorite, consistently, until election day. By way of example, an online poll done by the Daily Wildcat had Trump's chances coming it at a mere 34%. Read more

UA researcher snags Air Force grant for transistors

UA Physics Department professor John Schaibley has received a $360,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to study plasmonic amplifiers. He is one of 58 scientists to receive the grant, with a total of $21 million handed out between them. Read more