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PHOENIX — What is it like to catch a fly ball, run the bases, take batting practice or face a major league pitcher?

The Arizona Diamondbacks are allowing their fans to find out using innovative virtual-reality technology the team has unveiled at Chase Field.

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University of Arizona Campus Arboretum

Caesalpinia gilliesii, Yellow Bird of Paradise

This week's Univeristy of Arizona Campus Arboretum 's Tree of the Week is a highly heat tolerant plant and is blooming right now!

Caesalpinia gilliesii, originally native to South America, can now be found here in the desert... Read more

Staff

Samantha Kunk says she did not intend to follow in her mother's footsteps. Her mom is a teacher, and Kunk says she saw firsthand how demanding a teaching career could be.

“I had seen how much time my mom put into it, how much work,” Kunk says. “It frightened me a little.”

After... Read more

Astro photographer Sean Parker is photographed at Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona

Sean Parker hosts astrophotography workshops in and out of Arizona and has even hosted them in Iceland. Photographs courtesy of Sean Parker.

With the Milky Way season for astrophotography well underway, nightscape photographer Sean Parker is busy scheduling workshops and... Read more

Stephen Gin, editor

On April 15, Bear Essential teamed up with Saguaro National Park West volunteers for a fun-filled barbecue and ecology night hike for Young Reporters and their families. Using black lights, the reporters discovered dozens of glowing green scorpions along the way. They also witnessed... Read more

Michaela Webb

We Americans flush an average of 10 gallons of drinkable water down the toilet every day. That’s 3,650 gallons per person per year.

In Tucson, a year of flushing sends the equivalent of enough energy to power a 100-watt light bulb for between 450 and 5,550 hours (depending on... Read more

University of Arizona Campus Arboretum

The tree of the week is Senegalia greggii , or catclaw acacia. It gets its name from the spines on its stem, which can be up to a quarter of an inch long and, unlike other acacias, are curved like a cat’s claw. It's also called the "wait-a-minute" tree because if you’re snagged, you... Read more

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