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UArizona to lead space telescope mission to learn how galaxies evolve, form stars

NASA has chosen the University of Arizona to lead a space telescope mission meant to better understand how galaxies and stars form. The space agency awarded $20 million to the Aspera mission, which will allow the UArizona researchers to develop a telescope about the size of a minifridge for the expected launch in 2024. Aspera’s principal investigator

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Prescott Regional SciTechFest Returns April 10-17 for K-12 Students and Educators

Aimed toward local students and educators in grades K-12 but free and open to everyone, the Prescott Regional SciTechFest is  back! This year, the festivities and events have been transformed into a virtual hub for promoting a culture that celebrates STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) within the Quad Cities area and beyond. One

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Phoenix explorer, entrepreneur will be on first civilian crew to go into space

A Phoenix educator, entrepreneur, adventurer and science communicator has been selected for the crew of Inspiration4, SpaceX’s first all-civilian mission to space. Sian Proctor, who’s a geology, sustainability and planetary science professor at South Mountain Community College, was one of the two final crew members SpaceX announced Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where SpaceX

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NAU bioengineer partners with industry expert, NAU Innovations to launch successful spin-off commercializing mobility technologies

Many faculty researchers at Northern Arizona University invent new technologies that are granted patents—in fiscal year 2020 alone, NAU inventors were issued 19 patents, filed 41 new patent applications and submitted 43 new invention disclosures. Because of the effort and investment involved, however, not many researchers have the resources needed to commercialize their inventions, much

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NASA gives all clear: Earth safe from asteroid for 100 years

Whew, now here’s some good cosmic news: NASA has given Earth the all clear for the next century from a particularly menacing asteroid. The space agency announced this week that new telescope observations have ruled out any chance of Apophis smacking Earth in 2068. That’s the same 1,100-foot (340-meter) space rock that was supposed to

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NAU researcher collaborates with ASU team to develop groundbreaking technology for improved food safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 48 million Americans are sickened by foodborne illnesses each year, costing the economy more than $15 billion. To combat this persistent problem, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other government agencies are prioritizing improved safety measures across all sectors of food production, processing, distribution and preparation. A core element

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