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UA Researcher and Colleagues Discover the Birthplace of the Chili Pepper

The chili pepper is used in cuisines around the globe, but it was born in what is now Mexico. UA researchers have discovered it was first cultivated throughout the region more than 6,500 years ago.

Scientists at the UA Make Critical End-Stage Liver Disease Discovery

The discovery of an unknown cellular pathway has helped scientists and physicians better understand end-stage liver disease and offers a potential target for new therapeutics that could slow or even reverse the disease’s progression.

UA Researchers are Creating Better Thermal-Imaging Lens From Waste Sulfur

A UA-led research team has developed a new use for the sulfur left over from oil and natural gas refining: made into a plastic polymer, the material can be made into cheap and lightweight lenses for infrared-light detection devices.

Research Proves Children Retain More Information When They've Napped After Learning

Sleep is essential in helping young children apply what they learn, according to new research by Rebecca Gómez, associate professor in the UA Department of Psychology. In this Q&A, she talks about her new work, which she presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting in Boston on April 8 as part of a symposium on sleep and memory.

UA Professor Diana Liverman Named Guggenheim Fellow

Diana Liverman, co-director of the UA’s Institute of the Environment, has received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to help identify solutions that alleviate poverty and reduce emissions.

Marcia McNutt: Clean Energy Among Key Challenges for Geoscience Students

Marcia McNutt, former head of the U.S. Geological Survey and current editor-in-chief of the journal Science, spoke during the UA's EarthWeek.

UA Scientists to Begin Construction on NASA Spacecraft that will Visit Asteroid in 2018

The UA-led OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission successfully passed NASA's Mission Critical Design Review, allowing the endeavor to proceed from the planning and design stage to building the spacecraft and developing the ground system in preparation for launch in 2016.

FDA-approved Drug Database Created by UA Professor Being Used Globally

Jón T. Njardarson, an associate professor in the UA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has created a visual database of all FDA-approved drugs – the first of its kind. The website has received hundreds of thousands of downloads across the world.

UA Study Examines Residential Solar Power and How to Make it More Affordable

Residential solar panels are a big financial investment. One UA researcher is examining why some homeowners choose to go the green route and what it means on a national level.

UA Fish Collection Provides Invaluable Data Spanning Half a Century

With more than 175,000 preserved specimens, including many that are now extinct, the UA fish collection provides critical material for ecologic study. The collection is actively used in teaching, research and public outreach efforts.

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