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ASU introduces 4 new ocean-related degrees, including chance to study in Bermuda
ASU is launching four new ocean-related degree programs within the College of Global Futures. As part of the university’s School of Ocean Futures, students in the desert will study topics including marine ecosystems.
May 19, 2024
Science says visual hair matching evidence is bogus
In a piece for the Marshall Project, independent journalist Rene Ebersole delves into some of the scientific problems with crime scene hair analysis — and how both victims’ rights groups and law enforcement are reacting.
May 15, 2024
ASU researchers develop voice authentication to guard against AI
The rise of artificial intelligence-generated audio statements poses major ethical and moral problems. To address this concern, a group of ASU researchers have developed a prototype of a microphone that would authenticate voice recordings as human speech.
May 13, 2024
GM Cruise to start testing autonomous taxis in Valley
Testing will start in Phoenix and gradually expand to Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Paradise Valley, the company said. The vehicles will operate in autonomous mode, but the human drivers will be ready to take over if needed.
May 13, 2024
This scientist compares mapping the universe to challenges Picasso, Cezanne faced
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, known as DESI, is attached to a 50-year-old telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in southern Arizona. It’s in the middle of a project with a very big goal: measuring the expansion of the universe.
May 10, 2024
New semiconductor program planned for Hamilton High School in Chandler
The Chandler Unified School District is partnering with the University of Arizona to create a new semiconductor program for high schoolers. The district hopes the two-year program will begin fall 2025 at Hamilton High School.
May 9, 2024
Anxiety patients handled COVID-19 stress better than most. It could help everyone in the future
New research finds that while the COVID-19 pandemic caused lots of people to feel anxious, it did not have that effect on patients already getting treatment for anxiety.
May 8, 2024
Climate change will make Arizona more urban, more expensive
The effects of climate change could lead 100 million Americans to move to a different part of the country over the next 30 years. Abrahm Lustgarten writes about it in “On the Move: The Overheating Earth and the Uprooting of America.”
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May 7, 2024
Author David Toomey tries to figure out why animals play
As any English major knows, dream sequences are a staple of many great works of literature. Professor David Toomey teaches English at UMass Amherst, but in his latest book, Toomey examines a real-life phenomenon that’s barely been studied at all: animal dreams.
May 6, 2024
TSMC factory construction is displacing native Arizona plants. This company saves them
Native Resources International works to save native plants displaced by construction of TSMC's new plants in metro Phoenix.
May 5, 2024
Uncertainty about the future of coverage for telehealth could hamper its use
Tara Sklar is professor at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of law, where she teaches health law. She joined The Show to talk about the state of patients’ access to telehealth in Arizona.
April 30, 2024
Study shows new way to prevent lung cancer spread
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Local researchers have been studying better ways to treat the disease. They’ve published a study with their latest findings.
April 29, 2024
Banner Urgent Care unveils Valley fever dashboard
Valley fever is up 800% in the past 20 years, according to the CDC, with over two-thirds of cases originating in Arizona. However, a new dashboard system is making it easier for Banner Urgent Care facilities to track the disease.
April 26, 2024
Analysis: Patient-therapist bond may be key to treating depression with magic mushrooms
Arizona’s advisory council on psilocybin research is soon expected to release a draft report about psychedelic-assisted therapy. Researchers at Ohio State University say a provider-patient bond may matter most when treating depression with psychedelic mushrooms.
April 24, 2024
How hot is too hot? New weather forecasting tool can help figure that out
This summer, people across the United States will have a new way to keep track of dangerous heat headed their way through a new heat warning system called HeatRisk.
April 23, 2024
Refugees in Tempe are learning to be caregivers. More immigrants could help the shortage
Most Americans 65 and older are going to need some form of long term care — either in nursing facilities or as they age in their own homes. But there’s a big shortage of long term care workers. Arizona will need to fill around 190,000 jobs in just a few years. Immigration could be a solution to this growing challenge.
April 19, 2024
How Arizona is preparing for AI-powered election misinformation
Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes reflects on the security of election officials, threats posed by artificial intelligence and more.
April 17, 2024
As access to vasectomies improves, this author says men need even more birth control options
Gabrielle Blair is a mother of six and a writer whose most recent book is called “Ejaculate Responsibly: A Whole New Way To Think About Abortion.”
April 17, 2024
UN report reveals less than a quarter of the worlds e-waste is being recycled
A recent UN report details that the world is throwing away a growing amount of electronic products and recycling very little of it. This could lead to more demand for the mining of precious metals present in Arizona soil.
April 16, 2024
UA researchers helped make first Artemis III instruments
NASA has picked the first instruments to take to the moon in its first mission to bring astronauts to the surface in about 50 years, and University of Arizona researchers are playing a key role.
April 16, 2024

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