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Jul 20, 2017

Amber Turner, a twenty-two-year-old undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is probably busier than you. Turner, a first-generation minority student, is a senior studying Geology who put her collegiate studies on hold to partake in an eight-month internship working for NASA from January 2017 until August 2017.

Jul 11, 2017

Over the course of two decades, several thousand planets have been discovered and recorded. Most of these exoplanets look nothing like the planets in our Solar System. Dr. Steffen, a member of the science team for NASA’s Kepler mission, joins us to talk about these discoveries and what we’ve learned from them.

Jul 5, 2017

The effects of global climate change are being felt in the West’s continuing drought, according to a panel discussion at UNLV last week. Wildfires have increased over the last several years, something one of Colby Pelligrino’s mentors told her years ago would show that climate change is legitimate.

Jun 26, 2017

While most people can appreciate the beauty of the grasslands and rocky canyons of Northern Arizona, the land holds a special meaning for Ka-Voka Jackson.

Jun 26, 2017

Ka-Voka Jackson wants to replace invasive plants with native ones at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Jun 21, 2017

In a remote canyon off the northern reaches of Lake Powell, a fourwing saltbush is growing deep roots as part of Ka-Voka Jackson's experimental plots of native plants. The silvery, sea-green shrub is joining grasses and succulents in Jackson's efforts to remedy ravenna grass infestations that threaten native flora and fauna in the sacred ancestral lands of her tribe and others around the Colorado River.

Jun 13, 2017

A team of scientists has discovered a new crystal form of DDT that is more effective against insects than the existing one. Its research, which appears in the journal Angewandte Chemie, points to the possibility of developing a new version of solid DDT—a pesticide that has historically been linked to human-health afflictions and environmental degradation—that can be administered in smaller amounts while reducing environmental impact.

Jun 9, 2017

A thaw is underway in Russia, and it has nothing to do with presidential politics. Inside a cave in Russia's Ural Mountains, where Europe and Asia meet, a team of UNLV researchers has found evidence of steady warming since the end of the last ice age.

May 31, 2017

Maybe you've heard about the permafrost that is proving not so permanent in the world's colder places.

May 15, 2017

A dry wash cuts through rolling hills dotted by desert plants at Lindsay Chiquoine’s research site near Lake Mead, but the only scenery that seems to interest her is right at her feet.

Apr 28, 2017

A week full of exploration and discovery is underway with more than 40 educational events throughout the Las Vegas Valley as part of the Science & Technology Festival. Hands-on exhibits, debates and tours of various facilities are scheduled, even an appearance by a creator of infamous “Star Wars” vehicles on May the Fourth.

Apr 6, 2017

Las Vegas is known for demolishing most of its past, at least above ground.

The earth remains chock full of prehistoric relics. Now, for the first time in years, a key find is in public hands.

Apr 5, 2017

UNLV researchers are excavating a remote undisclosed site in Nye County after remains of a Columbian Mammoth were discovered. For the past five months, a team of faculty and students at UNLV have made the two-hour trip to learn more about the discovery of intact mammoth tusks dating back more than 20,000 years.

Apr 5, 2017

UNLV has named Eric Chronister, professor and former chair of chemistry at the University of California, Riverside, as the new dean for the College of Sciences, effective July 1. Chronister replaces sciences professor Stan Smith, who served as acting dean for the past year.

Mar 24, 2017

Nevada drivers could soon be able to show off their support for the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument under a bill introduced Thursday.

Mar 20, 2017

Josh Bonde is a professor of paleontology at UNLV and is on the board of directors of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, where he is in charge of the research side of projects. To him, dinosaurs are the best way to get through to people about science and the history of Nevada.

Mar 14, 2017

ew research on shows that Mars might have been even more flush with water than previously believed.

Mar 14, 2017

Water on Mars is still poorly understood by scientists. Despite so many researches and experiments, scientists yet failed to decode the mystery of water on Martian surface completely. While up to now, no absolute credence has found which can officially corroborate the presence of water on ancient Mars, a new international study has come up with some interesting, may be a solid credential about the presence of water on ancient Mars.