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El Niño Brings Rain Late In The Season For Phoenix Area

El Niño Brings Rain Late In The Season For Phoenix Area | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
While the monsoon season in Arizona is officially over, residents may have noticed the rain hasn’t got the memo.
Mike Crimmins, a climatologist at the University of Arizona, said the wet weather this late in the season is a result of a strong El Niño, which, while unusual, was predicted to happen.
“It’s not unusual related to an El Niño and I don’t think it was unforeseen," Crimmins said. "I think we were just hoping it would dry out more than it probably will this October."
He said the resultin
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Move over, Hollywood. We are Roberto Furfaro and Gene Giacomelli, the NASA-funded scientists who built the REAL "The Martian" food-growing system. • /r/IAmA

Move over, Hollywood. We are Roberto Furfaro and Gene Giacomelli, the NASA-funded scientists who built the REAL "The Martian" food-growing system. • /r/IAmA | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
We are technical co-principal investigators on the NASA-funded project, started in 2009, whereby we and our team have built a fully functional...
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SeedQuest - Central information website for the global seed industry

SeedQuest - Central information website for the global seed industry | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Information Services for Seed Professionals - The Best Place on the Web for Seed Professionals
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UA, 'The Martian' have something in common

UA, 'The Martian' have something in common | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
You may have seen the new hit movie "The Martian" where a botanist, played by Matt Damon, ends up stranded on the Red Planet and has to grow his own food. At the University of Arizona science ficti...
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'The Martian' Food-Growing System: It's Here | UANews

'The Martian' Food-Growing System: It's Here | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
"So, I've got to figure out a way to grow three years' worth of food here — on a planet where nothing grows," says Mark Watney, the botanist who ends up stranded on the red planet in Ridley Scott’s new film, "The Martian." Watney, whose character is played by actor Matt Damon, later engineers a way to grow potatoes on Mars and remarks, "I am the greatest botanist on this planet."
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UA scientists discuss relative accuracy of 'The Martian'

UA scientists discuss relative accuracy of 'The Martian' | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
For Matt Damon's movie, he should have gotten some advice from UA's space agriculturalist, too.
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Using nickel to solve 'mouse ear' issue in pecans

Using nickel to solve 'mouse ear' issue in pecans | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Although nickel deficiency in pecans is fairly common in some orchards, associated ‘mouse ear’ symptoms can be corrected with foliar applications of the micronutrient, university Extension specialists report.
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Arizona's rains: Monsoon, moths, militia, and me | The Independent (UK)

Arizona's rains: Monsoon, moths, militia, and me | The Independent (UK) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Before the monsoon rains lured me to southern Arizona, I had never been shot at. Nor had I seen wild rattlesnakes or the double-barrelled mandibles of a sun spider. Certainly, I'd never been tailed by border-control vigilantes or encountered a famous entomologist in a ghost town.
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2 Walmarts in Tucson to offer grocery pickup | Arizona Daily Star

Walmart will roll out a free pickup service next month it says is popular with families, seniors.
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'45 Ideas In 45 Minutes': Innovation The Theme For 2015 Global Symposium | Paulick Report

Continuing with the theme of innovation at the 2015 Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming, the Race Track Industry Program will kick off the event on Tuesday morning, December 8, with a session entitled 45 Ideas in 45 Minutes. Five … Continue reading →
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UA butterfly researcher gets White House invitation | Arizona Daily Star

Katy Prudic co-directs eButterfly, which taps into a vast potential army of nature watchers.
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UA students become fungus farmers through MycoCats program | Arizona Daily Wildcat

UA students become fungus farmers through MycoCats program | Arizona Daily Wildcat | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Tucked away in a lab on the fifth floor of the Marley building is a world of fungi. It is here that the MycoCats grow mushrooms in mixtures never thought possible. From mesquite bean pods to greasy pizza boxes, the university’s trash is being turned into something gourmet.
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New Device Speeds Diagnosis of Tissue Infection | Medical Design Briefs

Medical Design Briefs features exclusive coverage of the latest medical and bio medical innovations from NASA, its industry partners, and other major players in medical research and development worldwide. From heart pumps and defibrillators to surgical robots, NASA has developed thousands of medical breakthroughs on the way to space.

Articles and product briefs focus on design advances that are shaping the future of health care — improving safety and saving lives while reducing costs. Each issue reports on electronics, sensors, test, measurement, imaging, software, materials, mechanical components, manufacturing, prototyping, and much more.
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Farming techniques from 'The Martian' movie already in use by UA researchers

Farming techniques from 'The Martian' movie already in use by UA researchers | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The biggest movie of the weekend, 'The Martian,' has already made over $50 million. It's the story of an astronaut left behind on a mission to Mars. To survive, he has to figure...
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Growing food on Mars isn't so far-fetched, according to UA scientists

Growing food on Mars isn't so far-fetched, according to UA scientists | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
In the recent major motion picture, The Martian, a left-behind astronaut stuck on Mars figures out how to farm food on the Red Planet. According to the University of Arizona, this idea is not so fa...
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How the UA Delivers 'Martian' Food | UANews

Gene Giacomelli, director of the University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, or CEAC, shared the same challenges in growing crops as the fictitious botanist stranded on Mars in the new movie "The Martian."
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Monsoon 2015: a bit above average

Monsoon 2015: a bit above average | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Wet and wild in places; mild in others — the monsoon was the usual "atypical" mix
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Arizona Officials: Fish From Gila River Are Safe To Eat

Arizona Officials: Fish From Gila River Are Safe To Eat | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
For the first time in 24 years, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has said fish plucked from parts of the Gila River are safe to eat.  
Banned pesticides like DDT, chlordane and toxaphene led to a 1990s warning against eating fish from the river. Tests back then showed that fish contained pesticide levels about 160 times above what’s considered safe for human consumption.
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Hummingbirds nest near hawks for protection | @GrrlScientist

Hummingbirds nest near hawks for protection | @GrrlScientist | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
GrrlScientist: Hummingbird eggs and babies are a favourite snack for nest-robbing jays, so what’s a mother to do to protect her family? According to a new study, it’s best to build her nest near or under a hawk nest
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UA scientists study endangered squirrel on Mt. Graham | Arizona Daily Wildcat

UA scientists study endangered squirrel on Mt. Graham | Arizona Daily Wildcat | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Imagine standing at the top of one of Tucson’s Sky Islands, 10,720 feet above ground, surrounded by moist, green forests of pines and Douglas-firs.
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Five Participants Named to Present 45 Ideas in 45 Minutes Panel Session at Symposium | American Horse Publications

Continuing with the theme of innovation at the 2015 Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming, the Race Track Industry Program will kick off the event on Tuesday morning, December 8, with a session entitled 45 Ideas in 45 Minutes.
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Looking to the Gila River watershed's future | Eastern Arizona Courier

Looking to the Gila River watershed's future | Eastern Arizona Courier | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
GRAHAM COUNTY — Starting in 2012, the project took two years to complete. Its findings were presented to community leaders this summer, starting with the Thatcher Town Council on July 20. In August, the plans were shared with the Safford City Council, Clifton and Duncan town councils and Graham and Greenlee county supervisors.
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Trials Begin To Test Resistance Against Lettuce Wilting Disease

Trials Begin To Test Resistance Against Lettuce Wilting Disease | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Fusarium wilt - a lettuce disease caused by a soil-dwelling fungus - is becoming a more common problem in fields. The disease causes lettuce to droop and
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A Greenhouse for the Moon, or Mars | Big Think | Big Think

A Greenhouse for the Moon, or Mars | Big Think | Big Think | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
With a NASA grant, researchers at the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture facility in Tucson have developed a piece of technology called the “lunar greenhouse,” which will enable a future batch of colonists to sustain themselves on the moon or Mars.
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