Jaime Awe
Archeologists made a major discovery in Belize this summer: they uncovered one of the largest Mayan tombs ever found, along with two hieroglyphic panels. Northern Arizona University professor Jaime Awe led the expedition and talked about the discovery with the Arizona Science Desk.
Aug. 31, 2016
 Morelos Dam
It had been more than two decades since Colorado River water flowed into the Sea of Cortez. It was part of a historic agreement called the Minute 319 Pulse Flow — and it may have had some environmentally unfriendly side-effects.
Aug. 26, 2016
Potash is a salt, one of three essential ingredients in fertilizer. In 2015, 32 million tons were mined worldwide.
Aug. 31, 2016
baby owls
Despite their name, burrowing owls don’t actually do the digging, so volunteers in Phoenix created artificial burrows for burrowing owls that lose their natural homes.
Aug. 29, 2016
The Food and Drug Administration is recommending that all donated blood and blood components in the U.S. be screened for Zika virus. And at least one Arizona blood bank is gearing up to do just that.
Aug. 29, 2016
More than 60 percent of Arizona teens say they are more aware of the symptoms and risks associated with concussions than they were a few years ago. That’s according to the results of an online survey of 304 students by the Barrow Neurological Institute.
Aug. 26, 2016
Xunantunich tomb during excavations
An archaeology expedition led by Northern Arizona University has uncovered one of the largest Mayan tombs ever found in Belize. It’s the most significant discovery in more than century of research at the site.
Aug. 26, 2016
rescue beacon
Fifteen years ago, 14 undocumented migrants were found dead from exposure along the U.S.-Mexico border near Yuma. In response, Yuma Sector Border Patrol developed emergency beacons for migrants in distress. But the deaths continue, leading a Tucson human rights organization to create a database to identify the dead.
Aug. 26, 2016
Eos Foundation Theater in the Flandrau Science Center
The University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab will preview the upcoming mission at an open house Saturday. Next door, the Flandrau Science Center will open its renovated planetarium theater.
Aug. 25, 2016
A baridine weevil
Have you ever seen a strange critter crawling across the floor you couldn’t identify? The Arizona Science Desk wants to help you get answers!
Aug. 25, 2016
Bottled water
Arsenic is a naturally occurring carcinogen widespread in the West. Levels in the drinking water at the Hopi Cultural Center average 12 parts per billion, slightly above the EPA’s standard of 10 parts per billion.
Aug. 24, 2016
endangered meadow jumping mouse
A research team from Northern Arizona University confirmed the presence of the endangered meadow jumping mouse in parts of Arizona and New Mexico. It’s the first regional survey in a decade, and the team is using ink to find the mice.
Aug. 23, 2016