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Cash Advance, New Approach Aim to Relaunch Biosphere 2

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Science  08 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6039, pp. 146
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6039.146

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Since 2007, the University of Arizona (UA) has managed a modest amount of research, primarily focusing on ecohydrology, at Biosphere 2, the massive, enclosed facility in the Arizona desert. Now the university, aided by two major gifts last week, is pushing ahead with plans to revive the scientific fortunes of Biosphere 2. On 1 July, the real estate development company that owned the 16-hectare campus donated it and the iconic buildings to UA. At the same time, financier—and longtime Biosphere patron—Edward Bass announced he would chip in $20 million by October to support operations and research.