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asteroid 2011 MD spitzer
2014-06-19 13:09:44

Whitney Clavin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have measured the size of an asteroid candidate for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), a proposed spacecraft concept to capture either a small asteroid, or a boulder from an asteroid. The near-Earth asteroid, called 2011 MD, was found to be roughly 20 feet (6 meters) in size, and its structure appears to contain a lot of empty space, perhaps resembling a pile of rubble. Spitzer's infrared vision...

2014-05-14 23:12:50

Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper has received an honorary degree from Northern Arizona University for his significant contributions to the education of others. Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) May 14, 2014 Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper has received an honorary degree from Northern Arizona University for his significant contributions to the education of others. Dr. Glasper addressed graduates at NAU’s annual spring commencement ceremony in Flagstaff on...

2014-04-08 23:01:54

Arizona State University hosts Arizona Student Energy Conference with University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) April 08, 2014 University students from across Arizona set aside in-state rivalries April 1-2 to plan for a better global future at the Arizona Student Energy Conference (AzSEC) at Arizona State University. At the conference, 95 students from Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University presented their work on...

Southwestern Bird And Reptile Distributions To Shift As Climate Changes
2014-04-08 14:43:34

U.S. Geological Survey Dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes, according to just-published research by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of New Mexico, and Northern Arizona University. Overall, the study forecasted species distribution losses – that is, where species are able to live – of nearly half for all but one of the 5 reptile species they examined,...

2014-03-07 23:01:38

Students and researchers from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona are collaborating to grow algae using wastewater. The algae can then be harvested to create fuel, feed and food products. This multi-university collaboration is supported and funded by the Arizona Board of Regents Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF). Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) March 07, 2014 Arizona universities are working together to turn the state’s waste to gold – or...

2014-02-28 23:27:10

Back2Basics addiction treatment center selects a few former residents to speak at a NAU-hosted panel. Flagstaff, AZ (PRWEB) February 28, 2014 Three former Back2Basics drug and alcohol rehabilitation residents, James B., Brad J. and Joe V., spoke at NAU to current students and staff about addiction, 12-step-focused recovery and life beyond residency. “The discussion at NAU came about very organically, “ said Brad J. who works in the Back2Basics transition program and is studying to...

Salamander Jump Analysis Reveals Unexpected Twist
2014-01-22 15:45:14

Northern Arizona University A small, secretive creature with unlikely qualifications for defying gravity may hold the answer to an entirely new way of getting off the ground. Salamanders—or at least several species of the Plethodontidae family—can jump, and humans would like to know a lot more about it. “This particular jump is unique in the world,” said graduate researcher Anthony Hessel. “That’s why I think a lot of people are finding this very interesting.” The...

2013-11-15 23:02:33

Long-time higher education innovator honored with the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) top award recognizing lifetime contributions to field. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) November 15, 2013 The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies is pleased to announce that Dr. Fred Hurst, senior vice president for Extended Campuses at Northern Arizona University, has been honored with the Richard Jonsen Award at their Silver Anniversary annual meeting on November 15, 2013 in Denver,...

2013-11-05 23:23:33

Move Over MOOCs: A Public University Is Forging A New Path In Online Education Flagstaff, Arizona (PRWEB) November 05, 2013 Northern Arizona University (NAU), the first public university in the nation to offer competency-based bachelor’s degrees, announced today that its groundbreaking Personalized Learning program is now accepting all forms of financial aid. Launched in May 2013, NAU’s Personalized Learning competency-based program makes earning a respected bachelor’s degree...

Plant Production Could Drop As Climate Change Affects Soil Nutrients
2013-10-31 15:27:06

Northern Arizona University As drylands of the world become even drier, water will not be the only resource in short supply. Levels of nutrients in the soil will likely be affected, and their imbalance could affect the lives of one-fifth of the world’s population. That includes people living in Arizona, who may be in for a dustier future. The findings are presented in a study published in Nature that details how soil changes may occur and discusses the implications. Co-author...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'