Arizona Science Desk


Some Indigenous people not happy with proliferation of psychedelic drugs
Growing Western interest in psychedelic drugs has many Indigenous people sounding the alarm. These are plants they have been cultivating relationships with for millennia and, to do it right, they say, Western medicine should create bridges with traditional knowledge holders.
Researchers are working on non-addictive pain meds
The CDC says overdose deaths are still a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, and that the majority of those involve opioids. Researchers like John Streicher are trying to figure out ways to bring those numbers down.
Jun. 6, 2023
This mannequin sweats, and its helping ASU researchers understand heat stress
By the year 2100, the U.S. will experience more frequent and intense heat waves. ASU engineers are trying to grasp how heat stresses the body — and they’re using a breathing, sweating, walking and shivering mannequin to do it.
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Jun. 1, 2023
New ASU class will train students to use ChatGPT
Artificial intelligence programs like ChatGPT have become a major disruptor in a pretty short amount of time. A lot of people are trying to figure out how to keep up, and one ASU professor is taking a unique approach.
Jun. 1, 2023
Jalapeños arent as hot as they used to be. A look at the science behind the spicy
A recent article in the Dallas-based “D” Magazine addressed the gradual “de-heating” of jalapeno peppers in recent years. This phenomenon did not go unacknowledged by The Show staff, so The Show invited ASU prof Ken Sweat to talk about it.
Jun. 1, 2023
Study cites gaps in suicide reporting by prisons
Research links both current and past incarceration to declines in mental health, and deinstitutionalization means people with mental illness often end up imprisoned. Yet a new study shows many states provide only sparse data regarding suicides behind prison walls — in violation of federal law.
May. 31, 2023
Steady rise in pre-pregnancy diabetes threatens health of mothers, infants
Although more than four-fifths of diabetes cases in pregnant females develop during pregnancy, studies show pre-pregnancy diabetes poses a greater risk for mothers and infants. A new study by the National Center for Health Statistics shows those cases have been rising steadily, especially in Arizona.
May. 31, 2023
How the 988 suicide hotline has been doing almost a year in
The Show talked with Justin Chase, president and CEO of Solari Crisis and Human Services, about how it's been going since July 2022 when the 988 hotline launched.
May. 31, 2023
Coexisting in rural spaces: How the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program is succeeding
The Mexican wolf population is being bolstered by quickly handing off pups born in captivity to surrogate packs to be raised in the wild. Pups are born in captivity at breeding centers across the country, then carefully placed in wild packs with pups of the same age.
May. 31, 2023
Experts are seeing an increase in ADHD diagnoses for adults
The Show spoke with Ishani Deo, a psychologist at the University of Arizona’s Counseling and Psych Services and coordinator for the ADHD Clinic there, about what kind of increase they’re seeing, in terms of adults being diagnosed with ADHD.
May. 30, 2023
At Lake Powell, record low water levels reveal an
The nation's second-largest reservoir has been shrinking as drought and steady demand strain the Colorado River. Lake Powell water levels are low, but canyons and ecosystems are emerging.
May. 30, 2023
Arizona AG files lawsuit against manufacturers of PFAS
Regulators have begun to focus on chemicals found in things like plastics and firefighting foam, the so-called forever chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems.
May. 29, 2023
UA professors earn highest NASA medal for non-governmental scientists
Two University of Arizona professors were awarded NASA’s top medals designated for non-governmental scientists earlier this month.
May. 29, 2023
Study will look at link between exercise and slowing Alzheimers
A new $4.5 million federal grant will fund Arizona State University research to explore the link between aerobic exercise and slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
May. 28, 2023
Blackout during Phoenix heat wave could kill thousands
A multiday power outage during a heat wave could kill almost 13,000 Phoenicians and leave half the population vying for the city’s 3,000 emergency room beds due to heat stroke or other heat-related illnesses.
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May. 26, 2023
Researchers use AI to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria
The past several decades have seen an alarming rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Now, researchers at MIT and McMaster University in Ontario have used AI to find an antibiotic that combats one of the worst offenders.
May. 26, 2023
The lawsuit against Arizona Interstate 11 can continue, judge says
Conservationists have won the right to challenge the Arizona Department of Transportation’s plans to build Interstate 11. This allows the lawsuit to continue.
May. 26, 2023
Pima County reports first pediatric flu death since 2022
The Pima County Health Department is reporting a child has died due to the flu virus. The last pediatric flu death in Pima County was in 2022. Since October, 3,627 flu cases have been reported to the department.
May. 26, 2023
Rebar is out, fiber is in: Valley Metro finishes light rail slabs for latest extension
Light rail extensions disrupt business and traffic. Using steel rods to reinforce concrete beneath the tracks further slows the process while raising sustainability and worker safety concerns. So Valley Metro used an alternative on its current northwest extension.
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May. 25, 2023
This 102-year-old doctor didnt expect to live so long
Dr. Gladys McGarey never expected to live until 102 years old. But, not only is she still going, the so-called “the mother of holistic medicine” is out with a new book about how she’s done it.
May. 24, 2023
A desert tortoise is a surprisingly social and zippy pet
They’re not fluffy, they don’t play fetch and they certainly don’t roll over. But there is such a thing as a lap tortoise.
May. 25, 2023