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New class to focus on communication with cats and dogs

New class to focus on communication with cats and dogs | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Animals such as our beloved pets can't linguistically communicate with us, but there are other ways in which these household companions can communicate with us.
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Homeowners complain freeway work launched scorpion invasion

An uptick in scorpion activity is putting some extra sting in the already controversial construction of the South Mountain Freeway for some nearby homeowners. 
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Smoke from Mount Bigelow north of Tucson is a good thing

Smoke from Mount Bigelow north of Tucson is a good thing | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
U.S. Forest Service fire crews will ignite a low-to-moderate intensity fire on the heavily forested slopes of Mount Bigelow today.
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Family Day offers fun with agriculture

Family Day offers fun with agriculture | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
MARICOPA — The Maricopa Agricultural Center is opening up its facilities and farm to the general public this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to put on its free
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Maricopa Agricultural Center opening for Family Day

Maricopa Agricultural Center opening for Family Day | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
MARICOPA — The Maricopa Agricultural Center is opening up its facilities and farm to the general public this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to put on its free
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Tucson business aims to harvest produce, deliver the same day

Tucson business aims to harvest produce, deliver the same day | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Chaz Shelton wants to bring fresh produce to the city year-round.
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Santa Cruz river could flow again through downtown Tucson

Santa Cruz river could flow again through downtown Tucson | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Tucson Water wants to put treated wastewater into the dry riverbank within two years.
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Former state legislator to be honored at Morrison Institute event

Former state legislator to be honored at Morrison Institute event | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Amanda Aguirre, the president/CEO of the Regional Center for Border Health and a former state legislator, has been named a distinguished fellow by the a Morrison Institute of Public Policy.
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Adam Buntzman, a research assistant professor in the UA College of Medicine Tucson, has firsthand experience with Valley fever and is part of a team at work on a vaccine. (Photo: Bob Demers/UANews)...

Adam Buntzman, a research assistant professor in the UA College of Medicine Tucson, has firsthand experience with Valley fever and is part of a team at work on a vaccine. (Photo: Bob Demers/UANews)... | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Although rarely fatal, the disease can prove debilitating to people and their pets. UA assistant professor Adam Buntzman, who suffers from the disease, is part of the team working on a vaccine.
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@CFWEWater: 2016 Water Educator Symposium, November 17

@CFWEWater: 2016 Water Educator Symposium, November 17 | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Innovative Water Education in the 21st Century: Visual storytelling, using technology to share Colorado’s Water Stories Join the Water Educator Network of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education to explore exemplary visual storytelling techniques for water and river education and outreach. Presenters include Will Inveen, Director of Education at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in Australia;…
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Green Planet's Revolutionary Growing System Begins Food Production | Yahoo! Sports

Green Planet Group, Inc. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Healing the Earth Inc. has begun food production in its revolutionary food growing system in Congress, Arizona. Ed Lonergan, Gree
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From the Editor: Can You Eat Fruit a Squirrel Has Bitten?

From the Editor: Can You Eat Fruit a Squirrel Has Bitten? | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
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Meet the adorable little snail that could kill you

Meet the adorable little snail that could kill you | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
If you are not already paranoid enough, here’s something new to worry about: Extremely tiny creatures that can destroy your life. According to the Daily Mail, some of the smallest living things pack the deadliest punches.

If you happen to be swimming in the ocean, for example, and have a run-in with a box jellyfish, say your prayers. This sea creature contains what the Mail says is “the most explosive envenomation process known to humans.” It takes just minutes for a sting to turn fatal. On the other hand, if you are fortunate enough to be a turtle, you will be immune to the box’s killer dose, and you might even eat one for a snack. While in the deep, if you swim up against a lovely looking cone snail, you will not fare much better: Its harpoon can cut through a wet suit, and the mollusk’s poison comes loaded with “weaponized insulin.”

While most of us try to avoid these creepy critters, there’s a subculture of idiots who put their lives on the line in order to experience venomous bites. Coyote Peterson, the man who fronts Brave Wilderness Channel on YouTube, set himself up to be stung by a wasp that’s famous for swooping down on tarantulas. The bite is said to be the second most agonizing in the world, which is astonishingly good for Peterson. “I’m on a quest to find the most painful sting in the animal kingdom,” he told the Mail, discussing the swooping wasp. “It’s like being stung with a taser, and they say it puts you in a state of paralysis.”



University of Arizona entomologist Justin Schmidt is so into it that he authored “The Sting of the Wild” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016) and put together a pain index that ranks various stings. Riding high on his list: the bullet ant. This bug is so named because its sting is said to be as excruciating as getting shot by a bullet. According to Live Science, Schmidt describes the bite as “pure, intense, brilliant pain, like walking over flaming charcoal with a three-inch nail embedded in your heel.”

As he told National Geographic, though, the bite leaves no evident mark of its seriousness. “It’s almost disappointing to go through that and be rendered a babbling idiot, crying, and not even have a big red spot to show people,” Schmidt says. Bullet ants “take away even that satisfaction.”
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Drought on Colorado River Sparks Revolutionary Idea: Sharing Water

Drought on Colorado River Sparks Revolutionary Idea: Sharing Water | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A shrinking water supply on the Colorado River has some states grabbing more water, but California is considering giving some back.
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Smoke from Mount Bigelow north of Tucson is a good thing

Smoke from Mount Bigelow north of Tucson is a good thing | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
U.S. Forest Service fire crews will ignite a low-to-moderate intensity fire on the heavily forested slopes of Mount Bigelow today.
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Smoke from Mount Bigelow north of Tucson is a good thing

Smoke from Mount Bigelow north of Tucson is a good thing | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
U.S. Forest Service fire crews will ignite a low-to-moderate intensity fire on the heavily forested slopes of Mount Bigelow today.
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Solar Plants Raise Local Temperatures

A recently published study in Scientific Reports found that nighttime temperatures over a solar photovoltaic power plant were regularly warmer than wildland temperatures.
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Kristi's Kids: How much tech is too much for kids?

Kristi's Kids: How much tech is too much for kids? | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Technology has revolutionized our world, from the way we interact with friends and family, to the way kids learn. But, how much is too much? “You have to kill zombies, with like, swords an
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Speak Up, Lift Up, Fall Back: What We Need from Social Justice Allies

Speak Up, Lift Up, Fall Back: What We Need from Social Justice Allies | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Given the current climate, there is a need for people to speak up and speak out against acts of violence and hate rhetoric. #africanamericansblack #allies #discrimination
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It's Not a Tree: Rubber Plant Could Change Tire, Southwest AZ Ag Industries | KAWC (Radio-Yuma)

It's Not a Tree: Rubber Plant Could Change Tire, Southwest AZ Ag Industries | KAWC (Radio-Yuma) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
For decades, industries using rubber have looked for alternatives to supplement and back up their supply. 90% of natural rubber is from trees grown
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TLA Coaches 2 New Business Teams to Success | UANews

TLA Coaches 2 New Business Teams to Success | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Two companies working to commercialize technologies invented at the University of Arizona were among eight selected from a pool of 69 applicant companies to pitch to the Tucson version of ABC's "Shark Tank," the Get Started Tucson business pitch competition. Both UA-affiliated teams are working closely with the business development team at Tech Launch Arizona, the office of the UA that commercializes inventions stemming from University research, to bring their technologies from the lab to the market.
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10 tips for Arizona spring planting season

This article was originally published March 17, 2010.
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UNESCO Conference at the UA to Focus on Desert Food, Water | UANews

UNESCO Conference at the UA to Focus on Desert Food, Water | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Experts panelists from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Peru and Mexico will discuss their experiences with water management and water scarcity, and their work toward just food systems and sovereignty, during an international conference to be held this week at the University of Arizona. 
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Valley Fever: Grand Challenge for UA Research | UANews

Valley Fever: Grand Challenge for UA Research | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
After another long day at the office, Adam Buntzman headed out to his car. On his way, he paused for a few moments to breathe in the evening air and take in the outdoors, something he hadn't been able to do for weeks. Buntzman had been working under deadline on a grant proposal, so his movements had been limited to his commute from home to the University of Arizona and back again.
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An Era of Super Crops: How CRISPR Could Help Fight Famine

An Era of Super Crops: How CRISPR Could Help Fight Famine | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
There are about 4,000 inherited diseases that are caused by a single broken gene. Thanks to CRISPR, we can begin to fix them. CRISPR can exponentially increase our advances in curing cancer, along with virtually any genetic disorder. Apply the same technology to plants and we can maximize crop output.
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