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Research News - June 2021

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How Rainbows Could Boost Your Roof’s Solar Power

It’s a way to make solar panels even more efficient, and all it takes is a little hologram.
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Researchers Trace Dust Grain's Journey Through Newborn Solar System

Combining atomic-scale sample analysis and models simulating likely conditions in the nascent solar system, a new study reveals clues about the origin of crystals that formed more than 4.5 billion years ago.
A woman, center, holds a device into a vial of water, while people on either side of her watch.

UArizona, Diné College to Train Next Generation of Navajo Water Scientists

A $500,000 grant from the USDA will help UArizona and Diné College prepare Navajo Nation college students for careers in STEM.
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EMPOWER STEM Program Creates Student Pathways to Jobs in National Labs

Funded by $748,000 from the Office of Naval Research, the EMPOWER STEM program aims to provide a route to government research jobs, particularly for students from diverse backgrounds.
Suchol Savagatrup, wearing a face masks and blue latex gloves, reaches into a cabinet in his lab.

Little Droplets With a Big Punch: Using Liquid Sensors to Test Water Safety

Engineering assistant professor and Army Young Investigator Award winner develops a water test that uses oil droplets, rather than a solid sensor, to immediately detect contaminants.
Artist's depiction of a quantum circuit, in which nodes of light are interconnected by streams. lines of 0s and 1s appear in the background.

UArizona Engineers Demonstrate a Quantum Advantage

In a new paper, researchers in the College of Engineering and James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences experimentally demonstrate how quantum resources aren't just dreams for the distant future – they can improve the technology of today.