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Managua explosion not linked to asteroid, NASA suggests

Managua explosion not linked to asteroid, NASA suggests

The Nicaragua explosion claim was intriguing to asteroid watchers.

September 09, 2014 2:40 pmLoading…

Local 'sci-fi' projects advance in NASA competition

Local 'sci-fi' projects advance in NASA competition

NASA funds five proposals for far-out projects and two are based in Tucson. 

August 12, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…

Ebola treatment pioneered at ASU

Ebola treatment pioneered at ASU

Researchers at ASU's Biodesign Institute pioneered the use of tobacco plants to produce antibodies.

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NSF releases funds for massive survey telescope

NSF releases funds for massive survey telescope

The LSST promises the widest, deepest, fastest view of the cosmos.

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Dig confirms Clovis people hunted elephantlike gomphotheres

Dig confirms Clovis people hunted elephantlike gomphotheres

We now know the beasts roamed North America as recently as 13,000 years ago.

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What? It didn't rain at your house?

What? It didn't rain at your house?

Most of Pima County received two to three inches of rain during July.

July 31, 2014 4:22 pmLoading…

ASU to design cameras for NASA's 2020 Mars rover

ASU to design cameras for NASA's 2020 Mars rover

NASA has chosen seven instruments for the next Mars rover mission, set to launch in 2020.

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Brazil's $40 million boosts UA's giant telescope

Brazil's $40 million boosts UA's giant telescope

Effort ensures production of mirrors here for the Giant Magellan Telescope.

July 24, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

LPL hosts open house for lunar anniversary

LPL hosts open house for lunar anniversary

Sunday's open house highlights contributions UA planetary scientists made to that first moon walk 45 years ago.

July 17, 2014 3:36 pmLoading…

NASA announces the discovery of the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of its star

NASA announces the discovery of the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of its star

The new planet is not too hot to boil off its water nor too cold to freeze it solid. It's in the just-right "Goldilocks Zone."

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Move over, Pluto, there may be a real planet out there

Astronomers have discovered the farthest "dwarf planet" and it points to an even bigger planet hiding at the edge of our solar system.

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Will the sun totally fry Comet ISON?

Find out the latest from the crew of comet watchers on Kitt Peak

November 27, 2013 3:11 pmLoading…

Comet ISON is brightening again as it approaches the sun

Astronomers gathered at Kitt Peak's McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope are elated, despite cloud cover that is keeping comet hidden for now 

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On Monday be enlightened about darkness

Author Paul Bogard says preserving darkness in important to all of us, not just astronomers.

November 15, 2013 4:32 pmLoading…

If pizza won't get you to a science talk, how about free jelly beans?

Learn the latest olfactory science at Tuesday's Science Cafe

November 15, 2013 2:39 pmLoading…

Three University of Arizona science lectures next week

Monday includes a look through the historic telescope at Steward Observatory. Tuesday features pizza. Wednesday promises happiness.

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Arizona's oldest observatory has first results from its newest telescope

Arizona's oldest observatory has first results from its newest telescope

Arizona’s oldest observatory has published its first scientific results from its newest telescope.

October 10, 2013 1:35 pmLoading…

Calling all lunatics

Calling all lunatics

International Observe the Moon Night is Saturday

October 10, 2013 12:36 pmLoading…

The "comet of the century" is looking pretty good as it approaches the sun

The "comet of the century" is looking pretty good as it approaches the sun

Comet Ison is looking pretty good as it approaches the sun, with a big, long tail and a greenish hue.

October 09, 2013 1:53 pmLoading…

'Astrophysicist' title could mean better job prospects

The University of Arizona's astronomy graduate students hope to persuade their department, their college and the Board of Regents to acknowledge them as astrophysicists as well as astronomers.

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Eat bugs on purpose this Sunday

Eat bugs on purpose this Sunday

We've all inhaled gnats or eaten bugs in flour but at the Arizona Insect Festival, you can eat them with intention, while you learn about the most prolific and diverse creatures on Earth.

September 12, 2013 12:32 pmLoading…

UA presents a free science education, not to mention pizza, beer and movies

UA presents a free science education, not to mention pizza, beer and movies

Explore the cosmos, visit the rain forest and learn the secret of happiness in a series of scientific lectures this fall.

September 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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What's better than science? BEER and science

Two environmental researchers from the University of Arizona will talk about their adventures in the Amazon Basin Thursday at Borderlands Brewing Company.

September 10, 2013 3:52 pmLoading…

Scientific field work gets a little crazy sometimes

Scientific field work gets a little crazy sometimes

Shortly after their funding was renewed for another five years in June, University of Arizona researchers lost one of their critical-zone research sites to the 24,000-acre Thompson Ridge Fire in the Valles Caldera National Preserve near Jemez…

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Dig confirms Clovis people hunted elephantlike gomphotheres

Dig confirms Clovis people hunted elephantlike gomphotheres

We now know the beasts roamed North America as recently as 13,000 years ago.

August 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

ASU to design cameras for NASA's 2020 Mars rover

ASU to design cameras for NASA's 2020 Mars rover

NASA has chosen seven instruments for the next Mars rover mission, set to launch in 2020.

July 31, 2014 11:13 amLoading…

What? It didn't rain at your house?

What? It didn't rain at your house?

Most of Pima County received two to three inches of rain during July.

July 31, 2014 4:22 pmLoading…

Brazil's $40 million boosts UA's giant telescope

Brazil's $40 million boosts UA's giant telescope

Effort ensures production of mirrors here for the Giant Magellan Telescope.

July 24, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

LPL hosts open house for lunar anniversary

LPL hosts open house for lunar anniversary

Sunday's open house highlights contributions UA planetary scientists made to that first moon walk 45 years ago.

July 17, 2014 3:36 pmLoading…

NASA announces the discovery of the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of its star

NASA announces the discovery of the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of its star

The new planet is not too hot to boil off its water nor too cold to freeze it solid. It's in the just-right "Goldilocks Zone."

April 17, 2014 11:00 amLoading…

Move over, Pluto, there may be a real planet out there

Astronomers have discovered the farthest "dwarf planet" and it points to an even bigger planet hiding at the edge of our solar system.

March 26, 2014 11:00 amLoading…

Will the sun totally fry Comet ISON?

Find out the latest from the crew of comet watchers on Kitt Peak

November 27, 2013 3:11 pmLoading…

Comet ISON is brightening again as it approaches the sun

Astronomers gathered at Kitt Peak's McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope are elated, despite cloud cover that is keeping comet hidden for now 

November 27, 2013 11:58 amLoading…

On Monday be enlightened about darkness

Author Paul Bogard says preserving darkness in important to all of us, not just astronomers.

November 15, 2013 4:32 pmLoading…

If pizza won't get you to a science talk, how about free jelly beans?

Learn the latest olfactory science at Tuesday's Science Cafe

November 15, 2013 2:39 pmLoading…

Three University of Arizona science lectures next week

Monday includes a look through the historic telescope at Steward Observatory. Tuesday features pizza. Wednesday promises happiness.

October 11, 2013 11:13 amLoading…

Arizona's oldest observatory has first results from its newest telescope

Arizona's oldest observatory has first results from its newest telescope

Arizona’s oldest observatory has published its first scientific results from its newest telescope.

October 10, 2013 1:35 pmLoading…

Calling all lunatics

Calling all lunatics

International Observe the Moon Night is Saturday

October 10, 2013 12:36 pmLoading…

The "comet of the century" is looking pretty good as it approaches the sun

The "comet of the century" is looking pretty good as it approaches the sun

Comet Ison is looking pretty good as it approaches the sun, with a big, long tail and a greenish hue.

October 09, 2013 1:53 pmLoading…

'Astrophysicist' title could mean better job prospects

The University of Arizona's astronomy graduate students hope to persuade their department, their college and the Board of Regents to acknowled…

September 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Eat bugs on purpose this Sunday

Eat bugs on purpose this Sunday

We've all inhaled gnats or eaten bugs in flour but at the Arizona Insect Festival, you can eat them with intention, while you learn about the …

September 12, 2013 12:32 pmLoading…

UA presents a free science education, not to mention pizza, beer and movies

UA presents a free science education, not to mention pizza, beer and movies

Explore the cosmos, visit the rain forest and learn the secret of happiness in a series of scientific lectures this fall.

September 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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What's better than science? BEER and science

Two environmental researchers from the University of Arizona will talk about their adventures in the Amazon Basin Thursday at Borderlands Brew…

September 10, 2013 3:52 pmLoading…

Scientific field work gets a little crazy sometimes

Scientific field work gets a little crazy sometimes

Shortly after their funding was renewed for another five years in June, University of Arizona researchers lost one of their critical-zone rese…

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Earth is still a pale blue dot from space, even with all those people waving

Earth is still a pale blue dot from space, even with all those people waving

If you went outside and waved and smiled at Saturn Friday, here'e your photo.

July 22, 2013 3:48 pmLoading…

Wave at Saturn Friday, but don't bother dressing up

Wave at Saturn Friday, but don't bother dressing up

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is going to take our picture Friday afternoon and the space agency is encouraging us to go outside and wave at the c…

July 18, 2013 12:20 pmLoading…

Tucson astronomy history lives Monday at Steward Observatory

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday

April 15, 2013 2:58 pmLoading…

Fire danger is high for southeastern Arizona

A red-flag warning is in effect for Southeastern Arizona from noon today until 8 p.m. and again on Saturday afternoon through evening.

March 22, 2013 12:05 pmLoading…

CDO grad wins international physics prize

Joe Polchinski, professor at the Kavli Insitute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara, has won one of three Physics Frontiers Prizes fro…

March 21, 2013 3:03 pmLoading…

Comet Pan-STARRS is getting even tougher to see

Comet Pan-STARRS is getting even tougher to see

Comet Pan-STARRS is staying up later, but it's getting dimmer even as the moon gets brighter, making it a tough catch.

March 18, 2013 2:52 pm Photos

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Tucson getting comet crazy

Tucson getting comet crazy

Gates Pass is getting crowded at sunset with crowds of comet watchers, trying to catch a glimpse of Pan-STARRS in the short window of time bet…

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Look west to see Comet Pan-STARRS and a crescent moon again tonight

Look west to see Comet Pan-STARRS and a crescent moon again tonight

Comet Pan-STARRS continues to make a brief appearance on the western horizon this week, but is difficult to see with the naked eye.

March 13, 2013 12:52 pmLoading…

This comet's a bit faint, but watching for it is good practice

This comet's a bit faint, but watching for it is good practice

The first comet of the year visible from the Northern Hemisphere sits low on the western horizon for the next few days.

March 11, 2013 3:07 pmLoading…

Biosphere 2 couple would like to be the first married couple in space

Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum kept their relationship alive inside Biosphere 2 and now they'd like to test that relationship on a long …

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David Arnett explores the cosmos with a keyboard

A University of Arizona astrophysicist who made astronomical breakthroughs without ever looking through a telescope lens will deliver a public…

February 15, 2013 5:01 pmLoading…

Whew! The big meteor missed Tucson

Whew! The big meteor missed Tucson

Meteor 2012 DA14 streaked by Earth shortly before 12:30 p.m. Tucson time.

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Spiders from Mars

Spiders from Mars

We're not talking about "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars," that 1972 concept album by David Bowie.

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Happy holidays from the cosmos

Happy holidays from the cosmos

It's that time of year when astronomical outfits release their loveliest,  stitched together, false-color images of various parts of the universe.

December 18, 2012 12:55 pm Photos

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Shooting stars light up downtown; Geminids reward lazy skywatcher

I'm guessing that anyone who got up in the middle of the night to drive out to some dark locale and watch the sky last night was amply rewarde…

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Wednesday is the best time to look for the Geminid meteors from Tucson — probably

Watch the skies tonight for the shooting stars of the Geminid Meteor shower.

December 11, 2012 2:38 pmLoading…

The Geminid meteor shower will be spectacular — somewhere else

The annual shooting-star show known as the Geminids coincides this year with a new moon — meaning plenty of dark skies to highlight the streak…

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The new BOSS of Kitt Peak gets a boost

Plans to transform Kitt Peak’s largest telescope into an instrument capable of mapping the universe in an effort to understand dark energy wer…

December 04, 2012 2:49 pmLoading…

Landlocked UA prof is making a big splash in the oceans of the world

 The importance goes beyond the ocean’s critical role in balancing the planet’s health, he said.

December 03, 2012 4:58 pmLoading…

Get smart, then eat dessert or watch the stars — your pick, Monday

Want to learn about math or astronomy Monday?

October 03, 2012 12:41 pmLoading…

Tucson's newest 'genius' doesn't stop to smell the roses, but he'll pause for stars

Tucson's newest 'genius' doesn't stop to smell the roses, but he'll pause for stars

Tucson’s newest “genius” — University of Arizona astronomer and optical scientist Olivier Guyon — won’t be using his MacArthur Foundation gran…

October 02, 2012 2:44 pmLoading…

Pluto, as seen from a mountaintop in Hawaii

Pluto, as seen from a mountaintop in Hawaii

You still have to wait until 2015 to see Pluto up-close and personal, but astronomers have produced the best picture ever taken of the distant…

September 28, 2012 2:48 pmLoading…

Don McCarthy's talk at Steward is Wednesday

Steward Observatory kicks off its public lecture series Wednesday, with a talk by astronomer Don McCarthy on the 50th anniversary of a speech …

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Ventana unveils new cancer-testing method

Oro Valley-based Ventana Medical Systems said it is introducing a first-of-its-kind, fully-automated sample staining technique that will allow…

September 07, 2012 1:29 pmLoading…

Kids can enter a contest to name the asteroid being explored by UA's OSIRIS REx team

NASA has announced a contest to name the asteroid targeted for exploration in a mission led by the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Lab.

September 04, 2012 12:05 pmLoading…

President Kennedy saluted Kitt Peak's solar telescope in 1962

The McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope is the image I selected for the "Scientific Bent" blog for some obvious reasons. It reeks of science and it …

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Phoenix firm focuses on solar technology similar to UA prof's rig

A Phoenix-based company is working on new concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology that shares some striking similarities with a system und…

August 17, 2012 3:07 pmLoading…

Panel tells the National Science Foundation to stop funding Kitt Peak's biggest telescopes

The National Science Foundation should "divest" its telescopes on Kitt Peak, according to a panel it commissioned to advise it on expected bud…

August 16, 2012 2:43 pmLoading…

A good chance of clear skies for this weekend's meteor shower

The National Weather Service says we will have mostly clear skies overnight  for the next few days.

August 10, 2012 4:00 pmLoading…

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