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Patrick ‘Duffy’ De Armas: Bridging cultures with art inspired by hot rods and drag racers

Growing up in Phoenix, Patrick “Duffy” De Armas hung out at car shows, worked in a hot rod shop and drove a thunderous Chevy truck he lowered, cut up and amped for sound and speed. He loved big, loud, fast machines. But how did a boy from the desert who lived for jet boats and muscle cars become a rising artist changing Seattle’s landscape? (more…)

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Top 5 Cities for Going Solar

The eco-friendly lifestyle is no longer just a trend. Cities across the country have incorporated greener methods into construction, travel, production, and business strategy. We at Modernize know how important it is to conserve energy and rely on renewable resources. If you’re looking to make some positive lifestyle changes for the environment, check out these top five solar cities in America for inspiration. (more…)

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Upcycling: Wie Phoenix aus der Asche

Recycling kennt jeder: Müll wird wiederverwertet. Um knappe Ressoucen zu schonen, erobert diese Idee nun auch die Modebranche. Aus gebrauchten oder überschüssigen Materialien entstehen hochwertige Einzelstücke und einen klingenden Namen hat der neue Trend auch bekommen: Upcycling.

Ob Lederretouren aus der Sofaproduktion, ausgediente Feuerwehrschläuche, alte Armeedecken oder schlicht und einfach Reste aus der Textilproduktion: Upcycling hat den entscheidenden Vorteil, dass Abfallprodukte oder nutzlose Stoffe in hochwertigere Produkte umgewandelt werden. Im Gegensatz zum normalen Recycling ist diese Form des Recyclings also eine echte Aufwertung. Das reduziert die Neuproduktion von Rohmaterialien und verringert damit Energieverbrauch, Luft- und Wasserverschmutzung sowie Treibhausgasemissionen. (more…)

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UA Geneticists Find Causes for Severe Childhood Epilepsies

Using a state-of-the-art DNA sequencing technique, UA researchers have discovered genetic mutations underlying seizure disorders in previously undiagnosed children.

Researchers at the University of Arizona have successfully determined the genetic mutations causing severe epilepsies in seven out of 10 children for whom the cause of the disorder could not be determined clinically or by conventional genetic testing.

Instead of sequencing each gene one at a time, the team used a technique called whole-exome sequencing: Rather than combing through all of the roughly 3 billion base pairs of an individual’s entire genome, whole-exome-sequencing deciphers only actual genes, and nearly all of them simultaneously. (more…)

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Advertisers Could Target Online Audiences More Efficiently with Personality Scale, MU Researcher Finds

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— Online advertising has become prevalent in the past five years, and social media sites, such as Facebook, have played a major role. Now, a study at the University of Missouri School of Journalism has developed a method that could help advertisers target online audiences easier by knowing their personality types.

Using a new personality scale, researchers determine how people with certain personality types use social media websites. Heather Shoenberger, a doctoral student in the MU School of Journalism, found that those individuals who liked high-risk activity tended to update their status, upload photos and interact with friends frequently. Simultaneously, those individuals who were more reserved tended to merely scroll through Facebook’s “news feed”, and did not upload photos or actively engage with their friends frequently. (more…)

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Making Mirrors for the Sun

With $1.5 million from the Department of Energy, UA researchers are continuing to improve groundbreaking technology to produce solar electricity at a price competitive with non-renewable energy sources.

Just behind the University of Arizona’s Bear Down Gymnasium, a house-sized frame of crisscrossing steel tubes is mounted onto a swiveling post in the concrete bottom of an empty swimming pool.

The tracker, as the structure is called, supports two curved, highly reflective glass mirrors, each measuring 10 feet by 10 feet. The tracker is “on sun,” converting the hot Arizona summer sun into electrical power. (more…)

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Former UA Students Invent Robot, Start Own Company

Peter Seid and Phu Nguyen invented smartphone-controlled robots that can learn from their environment and interact with people. Their company, Romotive, is based in Las Vegas.

Ever dreamed of having a robot in your home that you can interact with, talk to and even send on errands? If you have, then your dream is coming true, because two former University of Arizona students have invented just such a robot.

Phu Nguyen and Peter Seid were friends from high school in Phoenix before coming to the UA to launch college careers that neither of them expected would lead to starting their own Las Vegas-based company selling robots and backed by some of the world’s top entrepreneurs. (more…)

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New Views Show Old NASA Mars Landers

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recorded a scene on Jan. 29, 2012, that includes the first color image from orbit showing the three-petal lander of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit mission. Spirit drove off that lander platform in January 2004 and spent most of its six-year working life in a range of hills about two miles to the east.

Another recent image from HiRISE, taken on Jan. 26, 2012, shows NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander and its surroundings on far-northern Mars after that spacecraft’s second Martian arctic winter.  Phoenix exceeded its planned mission life in 2008, ending its work as solar energy waned during approach of its first Mars winter. (more…)

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