The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has assumed responsibility for an August breach at the abandoned mine portal that sent 3 million gallons of mining wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers.
Scientists at Northern Arizona University are studying an anthrax outbreak among heroin users in Europe. More than 100 people fell ill with “injectional anthrax” in Scotland in 2009 and 2010, and sporadic cases continue throughout Europe.
In early December, a cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station. Inside was the usual compliment of supplies and experiments, but also a handful of children's books including Mousetronaut and Mousetronaut Goes to Mars by retired astronaut and Tucson resident Mark Kelly.