Arizona Science Desk


High Temperatures Scorch StarLink Internet Service Across Southwest
While many throughout the Southwest are seeking shelter from the heat in the comfort of air conditioned homes, the blazing sun is killing internet service for StarLink subscribers in the path of this heat wave.
Pandemic Shines Light On Nursing Home Mismanagement
The pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our lives, including caring for loved ones who are elderly or suffering from a critical or long-term illness.
9 hours ago
Lithium Mining Threatens Hualapai Sacred Sites
A push for more electric vehicles is bumping up against a western Arizona tribe’s sacred sites and land. A mining company is looking to extract lithium on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management, but that land surrounds Hualapai land on three sides.
9 hours ago
Maricopa County Working To Prevent Heat-Related Deaths
Heat-related deaths were in the hundreds last summer in Maricopa County, and the county is looking into 10 possible heat-related deaths already this season.
6 hours ago
Unvaccinated Adults Worried About Missing Work Due To Side Effects
Arizona health officials are trying to get as many residents vaccinated against COVID-19 as possible. And there are a number of reasons why people haven't gotten the shot yet. A new survey lists one reason many officials probably haven’t thought about: concern about missing work because of the potential side effects.
Jun. 21, 2021
Arizona Researchers To Study Cross-Border Childhood Asthma
Researchers at the University of Arizona will be launching a study of how prone Hispanic children are to asthma in Tucson compared with their peers on the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Sonora. The study will follow 500 pregnant women of Mexican descent in both cities and their newborns for the next five years to see how prevalent asthma is.
Jun. 21, 2021
COVID-19 Mental Health Impacts Deepened By Societal Inequities
Experts call mental illness the "fourth wave" of COVID-19, a tsunami driven by sustained isolation and stress. But this wave, like its three physical precursors, is engulfing some communities more thoroughly than others.
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Jun. 16, 2021
Excessive Heat For Much Of Arizona Continues
An excessive heat warning and an air quality alert continues through Sunday night for much of Arizona. Forecast highs this weekend in the Phoenix metro region will be above 115 degrees, according to Phoenix-based meteorologist Austin Jamison.
Jun. 19, 2021
COVID-19 Adds To Mental Health Strain On Parents, Caregivers
Parents and unpaid caregivers of adults have long faced mental health challenges brought on by the stressors of their roles. A new study published by the CDC shows how COVID-19 may have intensified those struggles.
Jun. 18, 2021
CDC Issues Broad Guidance For Treating Long COVID-19
Even people with mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 can suffer physical or mental symptoms four or more weeks after their initial illness. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted long-awaited guidelines for treating patients with long COVID-19.
Jun. 18, 2021
Cities Of Light Combines Data, Essays To Explore Climate Change
A recent project led by ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination melds data, essays and fiction in presenting how cities and communities may be changed by a stronger move to renewables — including solar energy. And the project is captured in a book called "Cities of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures."
Jun. 18, 2021
Highly Infectious Delta Variant Is Spreading In AZ
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week said the highly contagious delta strain of COVID-19 first spotted in India is now a “variant of concern” in the U.S. And the variant is becoming more common in Arizona.
Jun. 17, 2021
Assisted-Living Sees Same 2020 Death Spike As Nursing Homes
COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes are well studied. But less is known about assisted-living residents, most of whom are over 80 years old and have multiple chronic illnesses. A new study provides some clues.
Jun. 16, 2021
New Research: Some Shade Better Than Others At Keeping Us Cool
Trees can provide relief from the heat during the summer months, but ASU researchers say that other forms of shade can also be effective. The findings can have benefits for city planners looking to offset the heat island effect.
Jun. 15, 2021
Meteorologist: Hazy Skies May Bring Cooler Temps
As wildfires continue to burn around the state, Phoenix skies tinted the color orange that may actually be bringing down temperatures. To clear the haze on what’s happening with the weather, The Show spoke with Matt Pace, meteorologist for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
Jun. 15, 2021
Babies In Space: The Challenges Of Colonizing Other Planets
University of Arizona astronomy professor Chris Impey recently wrote a piece for the Conversation about how soon we may see a baby born in space. The Show spoke with him to learn about the logistics and challenges of populating the galaxy.
Jun. 15, 2021
How Mourning A Pandemic-Related Death Differs From Other Grieving
We are inching near 600,000 total deaths in the country, and that means hundreds of thousands more people who are grieving those losses. Dr. Mary-Frances O'Connor wants to better understand how those people are experiencing grief. The Show spoke with her to learn about how pandemic grieving differs from other losses.
Jun. 15, 2021
ASU President Crow Defends Vaccination Policy, Gov. Ducey Issues Executive Order To Stop It
In an email to students, ASU says the university has the “expectation” that all students enrolled in an on-campus learning program will be vaccinated against COVID-19. But Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order that will “ensure this excessive policy is never enforced."
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Jun. 15, 2021
Groundwater Pumping Can Have Long-Term Consequences
As the drought continues, Arizona may have to rely more on groundwater and less on the Colorado River, but groundwater pumping may have consequences.
Jun. 14, 2021
Research: Forest Treatments Have Long-Lasting Effects
A group of researchers at Northern Arizona University recently studied the effects of thinning and burning in small areas throughout the state. Their research shows that treatments might last for at least two decades.
Jun. 14, 2021
Phoenix Fire Aims To Mitigate Heat-Related Illness
The Arizona summer heat is upon us, like always. But things are looking more extreme already this year. And temperatures could get dangerous this week. The Show spoke with Capt. Todd Keller of the Phoenix Fire Department to hear about what’s being done.
Jun. 14, 2021