Arizona Science Desk

ARIZONA SCIENCE DESK

2 years after AZs 1st COVID cases, health care system still straining
Wednesday marks two years since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Arizona and the state’s health care system is facing more strain than ever.
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Study offers new evidence to explain giant gap in geological record
A vast gap in the global geological record from 1.4 billion to 1.7 billion years ago to around 500 million years ago has puzzled scientists since the late 1880, when a member of a John Wesley Powell expedition first identified it in the rocky layers of the Grand Canyon. A new study supports the hypothesis that it was caused by glaciers.
Jan. 27, 2022
What new FDA guidelines for monoclonal antibodies mean for AZ
The Food and Drug Administration has announced it’s limiting the use of two types of monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19. A third type of monoclonal antibody treatment is still available, but it’s in short supply.
Jan. 27, 2022
Sapiens podcast spotlights Indigenous, Black voices in archaeology
Archaeologists are tasked with exploring the history of civilizations and those who lived in them — including humans and animals. But the field itself hasn’t been dominated by people of color. And that can commonly mean that some stories are not being told, or if they are, the authenticity may be lacking.
Jan. 27, 2022
Many nursing home residents vaccinated, not boosted
When it comes to the percentage of residents in long-term care who are boosted, the figure is low. Slightly more than 40% have received their third dose. And with the omicron variant spreading like wildfire in long-term care, AARP Arizona is calling on nursing homes to require boosters for staff and residents.
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Expert shares lessons from 2 years of COVID variants in AZ
Two years have passed since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Arizona. In a press briefing Wednesday, ASU Biodesign executive director Joshua LaBaer shared lessons learned – and mysteries still unresolved – while ASU virologist Efrem Lim provided an update on omicron.
Jan. 26, 2022
Tempe creates an emergency response center to be a refuge in a climate disaster
In January 2021, a series of winter storms started hitting Texas. By the time they were over, millions were without power, leading to shortages of heat, food and water. Hundreds of people died. Now, people in the Phoenix area are worried they could face a similar crisis from a prolonged heat wave.
Jan. 26, 2022
Report: AZ tobacco prevention programs lack funding
A new report released Jan. 26 from the American Lung Association finds the state gets an A for laws banning smoking in most public places and businesses. But Arizona gets failing grades for funding tobacco prevention programs and the level of state tobacco taxes.
Jan. 26, 2022
How looking at security a different way can help against cyberattacks
The number of cyberattacks — and their intensity — is growing across the U.S. and the rest of the world. The Show spoke with Derek Bambauer, a law professor at the University of Arizona and the author of "Cybersecurity: An Interdisciplinary Problem."
Jan. 26, 2022
This party drug is a fast-acting antidepressant
Research continues on the best ways to treat depression. And one of the more recent developments is the use of ketamine.
Jan. 26, 2022
COVID testing site open at State Farm Stadium
State Farm Stadium in Glendale is hosting a drive-up COVID-19 PCR testing site. Virginia-based laboratory Genetworx is operating the location.
Jan. 26, 2022
Last years saguaro side blooms worried scientists. Heres why they think it happened
Last spring, Phoenix and Tucson residents saw something unusual on saguaros — the majestic cactus suddenly sprouted side blooms. Photographers loved it, but it worried scientists, who believed the flowers were a response to intense drought.
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Jan. 26, 2022
Everything you need to know about masks right now
Public health guidance on masks is changing again, encouraging the wearing of N95 or KN95 masks because omicron is so transmissible. Dr. Shad Marvasti provided the latest guidance and advice on how to identify authentic masks.
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Jan. 25, 2022
Controlled drought at Biosphere 2 reveals adaptability of ecosystems
An experiment at an indoor rain forest in southern Arizona may offer some clues about how ecosystems handle drought.
Jan. 25, 2022
Wildlife cameras pick up animals and human traffic near the U.S.-Mexico border
A conservation nonprofit in southern Arizona has posted cameras to track wildlife near the border. They also expected to see a high numbers of migrants, but the cameras showed a different kind of human traffic.
Jan. 24, 2022
Arizona COVID-19 hospitalizations may not peak until mid-February
On average, Arizona is now seeing seven times as many COVID-19 cases per day as it was just a month ago and hospitals are still struggling to keep up.
As cases decline across the nation, Arizona remains bleak
Jan. 24, 2022
The pandemic has highlighted economic inequities. Will free at-home tests and masks help?
Many working families have been struggling throughout the pandemic, from health care costs to finding child care, to buying masks and at-home tests. How free N95 masks and at-home COVID-19 tests could reduce some of the inequalities seen since the pandemic began.
Jan. 24, 2022
The story of Rosalind Franklin, whose work was crucial to DNA research
Rosalind Franklin is not a household name, but her contributions to science are immeasurable and largely untold. Author Marie Benedict has been chronicling stories of women whose accomplishments have been overshadowed by men, and her new book, “Her Hidden Genius,” tells Franklin's story.
Jan. 24, 2022
As COVID cases decline across U.S., expert says AZ situation remains bleak
Arizona hospitals continue to bear the brunt with just 6% of inpatient and 8% of intensive care unit beds available as of Jan. 24. But omicron cases are beginning to trend down in parts of the country.
Jan. 24, 2022
UA researchers find new target to reduce dementia risk in stroke patients
A study from University of Arizona Researchers finds that focusing on cholesterol build up helps reduce factors that may be associated with dementia in stroke patients.
Jan. 24, 2022
Cloning could improve prospects for endangered ferrets
A black-footed ferret in Colorado has become one of the first cloned, endangered animals to reach sexual maturity. The stakes for successful breeding are high – and controversial. KJZZ asked Phoenix’s own black-footed ferret breeding facility for comment.
Jan. 21, 2022