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NASA Selects UA-Led Airborne Observatory for Funding

From a pool of eight proposed missions competing for funding in NASA's Explorer category, the space agency has selected to fund the UA-led GUSTO mission. The goal of the $40 million endeavor is to send a balloon to near-space.

Earth Made by Man: Q&A With a Mineralogist

UA mineralogists identified a group of minerals that owe their existence to human activity, supporting the notion that it might be time to designate a new geological time period.

NASA Astronaut Ron Garan to Lead New UA Online Class

UA Online's "Orbital Perspective" class aims to increase global access to science education and provide students with the opportunity to present their work to the United Nations.

UA Part of Alliance to Address African Antivenom Crisis

Three partners, including the UA's VIPER Institute, are creating videos to educate African health professionals about antivenom and best practices in treating snakebite patients.

How a UA Engineer Stays a Heartbeat Ahead of Hackers

People with implanted medical devices typically never receive software upgrades for the gadgets in their bodies. UA engineers are working to change that.

Small Molecule Could Play Role in Food Security

UA researchers have discovered an approach that could save crops from contamination with aflatoxin, a threat to health and food security in developing parts of the world. "Aflatoxin is one of the most potent toxins on the planet," study leader Monica Schmidt says. With UANews video.

How to Do the Tucson Festival of Books

The annual event on the UA campus is a colossus, potentially tougher to navigate than the writings of Tolstoy or Faulkner. You need a plan of attack. Here's a tip: Follow your interests, and you won't go wrong. There's plenty to like for animal lovers, foodies, science geeks, sports fans and newshounds.

Underscoring Women Innovators, Champions in STEM

Two UA researchers, scheduled to give talks during the Tucson Festival of Books, speak about the importance of the contributions made by women in the STEM fields.

Treatment of Pain Gets the Green Light

There is promising news for those suffering from chronic pain. UA researchers discovered that when rats with neuropathic pain were bathed in green LED, the rats showed more tolerance for thermal and tactile stimulus. A clinical trial with fibromyalgia sufferers is underway. With UANews video.

For Threatened Coffee Crops, Tree Rings May Offer Answers

Kevin Anchukaitis, an associate professor of geography and development at the UA, uses tree-ring science for clues to Guatemala's changing climate and its economic future.

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