The University of Arizona (UA) was established in 1885 in Tuscon, Arizona. UA has the only medical school in Arizona. Aside from medical research, patient care and health sciences, UA is noted for its two herbariums. One herbarium has more than 400,000 plant species and the other has 40,000 types of fungi. The Flandrau Science Center has a planetarium, public telescope and conducts astronomy research. Other noteworthy departments include astrophysics, optical sciences, earth sciences, hydrology, hydrogeology and engineering. UA receives NASA grants and other funding sources. The Carnegie Foundation rates UA as a RU/VH university.
Galapagos hawks hand down lice like family heirlooms
Say what you will about the parasitic lifestyle, but in the evolution of life on Earth, it's a winner.
Extinct 'mega claw' creature had spider-like brain 520 million years ago
Research led by University of Arizona Regents' Professor Nick Strausfeld and London Natural History Museum's Greg Edgecombe has revealed that the ancestors of chelicerates (spiders, scorpions and their kin) branched off from ...
Colorado River Delta greener after engineered pulse of water
The engineered spring flood that brought water to previously dry reaches of the lower Colorado River and its delta resulted in greener vegetation, the germination of new vegetation along the river and a temporary rise in ...
Size and age of plants impact their productivity more than climate, study shows
The size and age of plants has more of an impact on their productivity than temperature and precipitation, according to a landmark study by University of Arizona researchers.
Website shines light on renewable energy resources
A team from the University of Arizona and eight southwestern electric utility companies have built a pioneering web portal that provides insight into renewable energy sources and how they contribute to the region's electricity ...
Spider venom reveals new secret
University of Arizona researchers led a team that has discovered that venom of spiders in the genus Loxosceles, which contains about 100 spider species including the brown recluse, produces a different chemical product in ...
Flawed diamonds: Gems for new technology
(Phys.org) —Using ultra-fast laser pulses, a team of researchers led by UA assistant professor Vanessa Huxter has made the first detailed observation of how energy travels through diamonds containing nitrogen-vacancy centers ...
A visual journey to Bennu, the target of NASA's asteroid sampling mission OSIRIS-REx
Asteroid Bennu, the target of OSIRIS-REx, NASA's first mission to a pristine carbonaceous asteroid that may hold clues to the origins of life in our solar system, took center stage at the AAS's Division for Planetary Sciences ...
Tiniest catch: Scientists' fishing expedition reveals viral diversity in the sea
A fishing expedition of microscopic proportions led by University of Arizona ecologists revealed that the lines between virus types in nature are less blurred than previously thought.
How the US is running up its water bill, and what can be done
Approximately one-third of the country is in at least a moderate state of drought, and UA professor Robert Glennon says current levels of consumption can't continue.