Arizona Science Desk


Birds Like It When Humans Are On COVID-19 Lockdown
Reduced traffic caused by COVID-19 lockdowns made cities a little less noisy, a little less polluted and a little less hazardous to wildlife. Those conditions brought about a big bounce-back among birds common to the U.S. and Canada.
CDC Report On AZ Counties Shows Value Of Masks In Schools
Three CDC studies released Friday, including one focused on Maricopa and Pima counties, underscore the value of COVID-19 prevention strategies like universal masking in keeping schools open.
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AZ Health Department: State Is Ready To Accommodate Booster Shots
The federal government is recommending a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for some Americans if they’re more than six months past their initial doses. The Arizona Department of Health Services says the state has plenty of doses of the Pfizer vaccine to accommodate Arizonans seeking booster shots.
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Monsoon Stories 2021 Epilogue: Monsoon Memories
The Show's annual Monsoon Series concluded last week after digging into the effect of climate change on this very Arizona time of year, but we received so many voicemails from our listeners about what the monsoons mean to you that we’re bringing you one more bonus edition today.
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UA Launches Effort To Work With Tribes On Sustainability
Climate change impacts us all now, but for those living on Native American reservations, the environmental impacts are often more extreme. Now, the University of Arizona is starting a new center aimed at helping them address those challenges.
Sep. 23, 2021
Study: Disney Princesses Give Kids More Progressive Gender Views
Lots of kids can tell you who their favorite Disney princess is — be it Belle or Elsa or Tiana, or someone else. But there has long been a concern among parents that letting their kids watch what are often referred to as "princess movies" could lead to continuing gender stereotypes — especially the "damsel in distress" narrative.
Sep. 23, 2021
Banner Health Sees Downward Trend In COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Banner Health is starting to see some positive signs on the COVID-19 front.
Sep. 23, 2021
Experts Say AZ Should Report More Breakthrough COVID-19 Data
The pandemic has brought a sometimes overwhelming amount of medical data into our lives. But Arizona publishes less information on its COVID-19 data dashboard than many other states do, and experts say a few key changes could provide a valuable public service.
Arizona Hospitals Brace For Flu Season As COVID-19 Cases Remain High
Sep. 22, 2021
AZ Hospitals Brace For Flu Season As COVID-19 Cases Remain High
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona appear to be leveling off. But fall is officially here, and hospital leaders worry seasonal illnesses will strain the state’s health care system.
Sep. 22, 2021
Phoenix Cool Pavement Researchers Find Temp Drop
Last year, the city of Phoenix began a new program to reduce the heat island effect in neighborhoods. Now, it has released its findings this month.
Sep. 21, 2021
Zimmer Tackles Big Questions: What Is Life? What It Is Alive?
What is life? What is alive? Science writer Carl Zimmer delves into these, and other questions, in his new book, "Life’s Edge: The Search for What it Means to Be Alive." Zimmer also writes the Matter column for the New York Times, among other things.
Sep. 21, 2021
California Water Agencies Resolve Colorado River Dispute
Two major California water agencies have settled a dispute that once threatened to derail a multi-state agreement to protect the Colorado River.
Sep. 21, 2021
QR Codes Are Taking Over, But The Printed Menus Not Dead Yet
Many restaurants are foregoing traditional menus for online ones accessible through mobile apps, opened with QR codes, which can be pasted to the top of your table. But for some, being able to page through the menu is part of the dining experience itself.
Sep. 20, 2021
FDA Rejects Widespread COVID-19 Booster
Late last week, an FDA panel rejected a proposal to give booster shots to the general public. But it is expected to recommend a third dose for vulnerable adults — including those 65 and older. And now, Pfizer is announcing its vaccine has proven safe and effective in children aged 5 to 11.
Sep. 20, 2021
Rural Patients Unable To Transfer To Major Arizona Hospitals
As Arizona's biggest hospitals fill up with COVID-19 cases, physicians in some of the state's smaller or more rural communities fear it's their patients who need specialty care who will pay the ultimate price.
Sep. 20, 2021
TGen Is Studying Long COVID-19 In Youths
Many questions remain about long COVID – especially in young people, who now make up around 30% of new COVID-19 cases. Phoenix-based TGen will try to answer some of them as part of a $470 million National Institutes of Health study.
Sep. 16, 2021
Why Some Nursing Homes Have More Vaccinated Staff
Throughout the pandemic, nursing homes have struggled to get staff to fully accept vaccinations. That’s especially troubling given residents’ extreme vulnerability to coronavirus infection. But are some facilities worse than others and, if so, why?
Sep. 17, 2021
The CDC Says This Arizona County Is 99.9% Fully Vaccinated
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Santa Cruz County, which borders Mexico, has vaccinated 99.9% of its 18+ population. County officials put that number around 90%.
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Sep. 18, 2021
CDC Says Moderna Vaccines Protect Better Against Hospitalization
All three of the FDA-approved or authorized coronavirus vaccines protect against developing serious COVID-19 cases requiring hospitalization. But which offers the best protection? New CDC research tries to answer that question.
Sep. 17, 2021
Monsoon Stories 2021: What It Means To Be An Arizonan
In this season of Monsoon Stories, The Show has looked at the effects of the changing monsoon on our cities, our growth, our wildlife and how we grow food here. Now we turn to something a little less concrete: What a changing monsoon means for our state’s identity, and what it means to be an Arizonan.
Sep. 17, 2021
Health Expert Has Doubts About COVID-19 Boosters For All Adults
A CDC advisory committee that sets policy for U.S. vaccinations campaigns is set meet on Wednesday to debate who, exactly, should get boosters. Will Humble, Arizona Public Health Association executive director, says he doubts the shots will be endorsed for all adults.
Sep. 17, 2021