A short decade ago, climate science was “a curiosity-driven enterprise,” researching interesting questions, such as what controls hurricanes or tornadoes. Today, scientists are pushing to learn about topics that have become essential for human survival.
From the Shroud of Turin to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the UA Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory has had the honor of dating some of the most intriguing, most mysterious texts in history. UA dating expert Greg Hodgins was brought in to answer at least one riddle of one of the most baffling books ever found.
After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in astronomy and physics in the 1990s, Adam Block became one of the world’s foremost astrophotographers. He captures spectacular images of distant galaxies, nebulae and dying stars and brings astronomy into terms laypeople can understand at the UA's Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter.
What if we had a better understanding of the North American monsoon and how it affected the soil, invasive and native plants and fire cycles? The powerful winds that give rise to spectacular late summer storms in the desert southwest also drive changes in the region’s ecology.
Today, we recognize the passing of Regents' Professor Michael Drake and honor his achievements, which include serving as principal investigator on the OSIRIS-REx mission, an effort now underway to return an asteroid sample to Earth.
Brian Schmidt, Ph.D., class of 1989, has secured one of the top scientific honors on the planet as one of three recipients of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. The award honors a discovery that has rocked our understanding of the cosmos: The universe is expanding at an ever-faster pace.
Asteroid 1999 RQ36 passes near Earth every six years. Not only does it potentially house organic compounds that may have been the precursors to life; it could impact us in 2182 unless we visit RQ36 – and bring a sample back to Earth.