Arizona Science Desk


Cloud seeding set to start in three Mexican states
A 2020 National Science Foundation-funded study found that cloud seeding can generate precipitation, but other researchers are skeptical that cloud seeding can address the impacts of drought and climate change.
Abortion Postcards: Arizonans react to the overturning of Roe v. Wade
The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has left a sea of questions in its wake. This week, The Show is hearing from two Phoenix women who have had abortions, beginning with Xanthia Walker.
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Deepening fissures define rural southern Arizona’s fight over groundwater rules
Cities and agriculture across the West put intense pressure on groundwater supplies. In some regions, there are few rules governing how and when people can pump. That’s true in rural Southern Arizona, where residents are seeing their wells dry up as big farms move in.
Jun. 27, 2022
Heartbroken Arizona abortion provider pauses services as state law remains unclear
The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is having ripple effects across the country, including here in Arizona. As we await what will likely be a decision from the state Supreme Court on that, abortion providers in Arizona are stopping abortion services.
Jun. 27, 2022
Researchers have found a new ultra-faint dwarf galaxy
Astronomers say they’ve discovered a new ultra-faint dwarf galaxy, which they believe can help answer some questions about the early stages of the universe.
Jun. 27, 2022
Grand Canyon wont seek volunteers to kill bison this fall
A bison herd that lives almost exclusively in the northern reaches of Grand Canyon National Park won't be targeted for lethal removal there this fall.
Jun. 27, 2022
How changes to school lunch menus could help the planet
The $14 billion National School Lunch Program provides midday meals to nearly 40% of U.S. children each day. A new study looks at the environmental impacts of these lunches, and how shifting the menu could help.
Jun. 24, 2022
How electrocuted birds cause wildfires
Uncontrolled wildfires are growing more frequent across western North America due to climate change, wildfire suppression, harmful insects and invasive grasses. Now, the authors of a study in the journal Wildlife Society Bulletin have added another culprit to that list: birds.
Jun. 23, 2022
This family gave up fishing to focus on saving sea turtles
Seven species of sea turtles swim the world’s oceans, nearly all of them threatened or endangered by climate change, poaching and entanglement in fishing gear, among other threats. Five of those turtle species make their way into Mexico’s Gulf of California, where a family in the small Sonoran fishing town of Kino Bay is working to protect the turtles that reach its coasts.
Jun. 26, 2022
Rain expected in Phoenix next week
The current monsoon pattern is expected to bring more rain to Arizona. Tony Merriman of the National Weather Service in Phoenix said thunderstorms will likely brew each day into the middle of next week.
Jun. 24, 2022
Senate committee OKs $1 billion to secure water resources
An Arizona Senate committee approved a plan to provide $1 billion over the next three years to revamp the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority.
Jun. 24, 2022
PCMag says Phoenix has the slowest mobile upload speeds
PCMag has published this year’s list of the best mobile networks in the U.S., and Phoenix received a dubious distinction: slowest upload speeds.
Jun. 24, 2022
Court says Juul can keep selling vaping devices — for now
A federal court has put a temporary hold on the government's order for Juul to stop selling its vaping devices and cartridges.
Jun. 24, 2022
FAQ: Where abortion stands in Arizona after the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade on June 24, setting the stage for some states to enact restrictions on access to abortion. Here's what is important to know about abortion in Arizona right now based on interviews with health and policy experts.
Jun. 24, 2022
Supreme Court has overturned constitutional right to an abortion
The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, reversing Roe v. Wade, the court's five-decade-old decision that guaranteed a woman's right to obtain an abortion.
Jun. 24, 2022
AZ expands Medicaid coverage as pregnancy-related deaths rise
In Arizona, about 70 women die every year within 365 days of giving birth. But a recently-approved bill could help alleviate that situation.
Jun. 23, 2022
Largest study to date finds long COVID-19 in kids 14 and under
Children can get long COVID-19, too. But research on the topic remains spotty, consisting mainly of small studies that exclude the youngest children and lack laboratory test results and control groups.
Jun. 22, 2022
Fraud found in program repaying ranchers for livestock deaths
A program to reintroduce Mexican gray wolves into the wild has been controversial, and new reporting in the Intercept finds abuse in the system to compensate ranchers whose livestock were killed by wolves.
Jun. 22, 2022
A survey finds more than 15% of Arizonans have medical debt
In Arizona, more than 15% of residents report having medical debt in collections, and the median amount Arizonans owe is $919.
Jun. 21, 2022
Pandemic reveals extent of human selfishness and goodwill, says professor
COVID-19’s effect on society is still clearly being felt. But how much have the past two and a half years influenced our individual behavior and how we treat other people?
Jun. 21, 2022
Will Humble calls report on nursing home complaints disturbing
A bipartisan panel of state lawmakers put Arizona Department of Health Services interim director Don Herrington in the hot seat last week as they grilled him about a recent report that reveals the department failed to investigate multiple complaints of abuse and neglect in Arizona nursing homes.
Jun. 21, 2022