Science News

artist's concept of exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f
NASA’s announcement of planets outside our solar system that could be like Earth have scientists in Tucson excited about the possibilities for life.
Feb. 22, 2017
Michelle Thompson
Michelle Thompson earned her doctorate in planetary science at the University of Arizona studying how materials weather on the surface of airless bodies such as the moon and asteroids.
Feb. 22, 2017
 olive oil
When mom said, “Eat lots of fruits and vegetables,” she may not have known that what fuels our bodies may also help fight disease. That connection will be the subject of a conference this week at the University of Arizona, attracting researchers and clinicians from across the country.
Feb. 21, 2017
solar eclipse
In six months, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast. The last time that happened was nearly a century ago.
Feb. 21, 2017
vehicles in traffic
President Donald Trump campaigned last year on promises to relax or eliminate environmental protections. In Arizona, that worries scientists and other advocates, especially those who want government action on climate change.
Feb. 17, 2017
John Collins
When budding bioscientists picture their futures, they probably don’t see themselves feeding sea monkeys to a bunch of freshwater minnows. But, in a small room near the lab benches of TGen, that’s exactly what John Collins does.
Feb. 17, 2017
two gold nanoparticles
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. each year, in part because around four-fifths of cases go undetected until they have reached an advanced stage. But a new test could soon change all that — and offer a way to monitor treatment outcomes as well.
Feb. 16, 2017
tempe town lake dam
The water flowing over Tempe Town Lake dam is how the lake deals with the extra water released upstream by Salt River Project.
Feb. 16, 2017
Ribbon Falls in the Grand Canyon
Researchers say Americans are willing to pay more on their taxes to restore springs in Grand Canyon National Park — even when they’ve never visited the famous landmark.
Feb. 16, 2017
image of Jupiter taken by OSIRIS-REx
In a search for as-yet unseen asteroids, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has taken a photo of the solar system’s largest planet and several of its satellites.
Feb. 14, 2017
Lake Powell
An abundance of snow and rain in the western United States this fall and winter means reservoirs in Arizona could have more water than in the past seven years.
Feb. 14, 2017
Snow in the Rocky Mountains
NASA is keeping track of dust that settles on snow in the Rocky Mountains. The research will help hydrologists improve their predictions for how fast the Colorado River will rise this spring.
Feb. 10, 2017
 nearside of the moon
The full moon will appear a bit dimmer as it rises on Friday night. That’s because it’s due for a special kind of lunar eclipse.
Feb. 9, 2017
Tech company Intel is investing $7 billion in Chandler. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the plans Wednesday from the White House saying the factory will employ about 3,000 people directly and create 7,000 more supporting jobs.
Feb. 8, 2017
University of Arizona students
A conference in Tucson later this month will bring together scientists and diplomats to work on global policies on the environment and sustainable development in the Americas.
Feb. 7, 2017
 female peregrine falcon
If any peregrine falcons decide to take up residence in the nesting box above downtown Phoenix this season, they’re in for a cool surprise.
Feb. 6, 2017
Ahuna Mons
A solo ice volcano on the dwarf planet Ceres is prompting Arizona researchers to look for other mountains that may have flattened over time. Evidence of past geologic activity could be places to look for signs of life in the universe.
Feb. 3, 2017
astronaut's view of the Grand Canyon
NASA satellite imagery shows a more detailed picture of how drought has shrunk water levels and exposed the bottom of the Colorado River in the lower Grand Canyon.
Feb. 3, 2017
Big Room at Kartchner Canverns
For 10 years, Cave Fest has celebrated the flora, fauna and subterranean features of Kartchner Caverns State Park. But the event also underlines the surprising amount of scientific research that supports the cave.
Feb. 2, 2017
Lake Mead
Water levels in Lake Mead, which stores water for Arizona, California and Nevada, have plunged in recent years. If levels drop below a certain point, they trigger an official shortage.
Feb. 1, 2017