Arizona Science Desk


This researcher is looking for caves on Mars where humans could live
NASA has the a long-term goal of sending humans to Mars. But when they get there, they’ll need a place to stay. It turns out caves may just be the right spot.
Banner introduced Valley fever training — with mixed results
The CDC estimates Valley fever actually occurs 6 to 14 times more often than reported. A clinical education program developed by Banner – University Medicine and the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson seeks to change that.
3 hours ago
This AI technology can help with writers block
A few years ago, James Yu took a sabbatical from his job in the tech industry to write fiction for the first time. In doing so, he discovered new tech called large language models, which can help writers come up with ideas and move beyond writer's block.
3 hours ago
Uterine cancer rates are on the rise among women of color
Uterine cancer cases are on the rise. And among women of color, the rates are even higher. Black, Latina and Asian women are impacted at a rate that’s 2.5 times higher than white women.
7 hours ago
NIH review praises emergency use vaccines in COVID response
A bill before the state legislature would ban schools from requiring students to get emergency use vaccines – a Covid success story that prevented 3 million deaths in the U.S. Meanwhile, a well-timed NIH review in the journal Science examines the strengths and weaknesses of the research response to Covid.
Feb. 2, 2023
Experts: Shifting opioid landscape demands new approaches
Apache Junction police are looking into the death of a 3-year-old who ingested fentanyl. It’s the latest tragedy in Arizona, where five people a day die from opioid overdose. It also exemplifies the changing opioid landscape.
Feb. 1, 2023
This comet will be visible from Earth for the first time in 50,000 years
A green three-tailed comet is coming close to Earth right now — the first time it’s been this close in 50,000 years. It will be closest on Feb. 2. And you just might be able to see it with your naked eye — or a camera, according to astrophotographer Adam Block.
Feb. 1, 2023
Heres a musical instrument you can play just by moving your body
The field of wearable technology has grown a lot over the last few years. Devices like Google Glass and Apple Watches make a lot of headlines, but the technology has a lot of different uses — from fashion to health and fitness to gaming. And now, we can add music making to that list.
Jan. 31, 2023
Native Americans have higher cancer rates
Native Americans have higher rates of cancer, including lung, colorectal, liver, stomach and kidney cancer, than the rest of the population. The reasons why are vast, but Nicolette Teufel-Shone we don't have a good enough grasp of the data on Native American cancer rates to begin in earnest to address the problem.
Jan. 31, 2023
Students worldwide lost 1/3 of a year of learning during pandemic
Experts estimate school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic affected 95% of the global student population. New research underscores the need for policies and practices to address the resulting setbacks.
Jan. 26, 2023
Pediatric cancer care access in U.S. good overall, but not everywhere
Facilities equipped to handle cancer treatment in young people tend to occur in urban areas. Because longer trips can mean shorter and less frequent visits, mistimed treatments and a higher financial burden, researchers wanted to know: How far do rural kids have to travel to get care?
Jan. 27, 2023
Some viral illnesses could increase chances of developing Alzheimer’s
A new study found that there could be some viral illnesses that might increase a person’s chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The strongest association was between viral encephalitis and Alzheimer’s disease.
Jan. 27, 2023
Study: Sleep problems linked to suicidal thoughts
Sleep plays a critical role in mental health. And a new study led by University of Arizona researchers has found a link in sleep problems and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Jan. 27, 2023
Key clue to amphibian evolution found in Petrified Forest
For years, debate has raged about where a group of snakelike animals fit in the amphibian family tree. Now, analysis of fossils from Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park may hold the answer.
Jan. 27, 2023
Women gain ground in U.S. scientific academies
Women and girls are widely underrepresented in the STEM fields, and studies show they face unequal access to pay, positions, publications and credit. But new research suggests positive trends in one area of acknowledgment: acceptance into American scientific academies.
Jan. 26, 2023
Conservationists urge SRP to give up its gas plant fight
Earlier this week, a judge upheld the Arizona Corporation Commission’s ruling against a proposed gas power plant near Coolidge. Sandy Bahr, director of the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter, joined The Show to talk about the ruling.
Jan. 26, 2023
Legal experts: Title 42 illegal, ineffective and dangerous
Prior to March 2020, the U.S. had never invoked Title 42, which grants federal authorities the power to deny entry into the U.S. to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Since then, officials have used it more than 2.5 million times to send away asylum seekers and migrants. Now, two legal experts say enough is enough.
Jan. 25, 2023
CDC: COVID-19 boosters offer added protection, even against newer subvariants
Despite recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizonans — including many long-term care staff and residents — are largely skipping the COVID-19 bivalent booster. But the shot does provide extra protection, even against some of the latest variants.
Jan. 25, 2023
Maricopa County reports seasons 1st pediatric flu death
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is reporting its first pediatric flu death this season.
Jan. 24, 2023
The future is electric: Electric vehicle landscape is quickly changing
One of the biggest hurdles that’s stopping people from buying an electric vehicle is just where you can charge up — and how long it takes to do it. And that’s exactly what a new plan from the Arizona Department of Transportation is attempting to address using a big chunk of federal money.
Jan. 24, 2023
Psilocybin mushrooms could be a game changer — especially for vets
A bipartisan bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature aims to fund research into the benefits of psilocybin, otherwise known as magic mushrooms.
Jan. 24, 2023