Arizona Science Desk

ARIZONA SCIENCE DESK

Why farms are falling behind on autonomous technology
There is an ongoing shortage of farm workers in the U.S. Why one professor thinks autonomous technology could help.
May 24, 2022
Caregiving has always been challenging — then came COVID-19
The pandemic has not only taken a physical and financial toll, it has heavily impacted our mental health. And for many paid caregivers in nursing homes, these last two years have been traumatic.
May 24, 2022
If abortion becomes illegal, could period apps be used against women?
It’s called “fem-tech.” Applications like those used to track periods and fertility are a billion-dollar industry. But if Roe v. Wade is overturned in the coming months, could the digital trail left behind by users become evidence in court?
May 23, 2022
The best places to hike when Phoenix gets too hot
Every year, Arizonans dread the first 100-degree day, and we’re definitely deep in it now. We basically lock ourselves inside with air conditioning all summer. But Roger Naylor is here with some hope for us all on that front.
May 23, 2022
This journalist tries to keep Spanish-speakers safe from misinformation
The spread of misinformation has attracted an increasing number of followers over the past several years, reaching a peak with COVID-19-related falsehoods about vaccinations and the relative danger of the virus. A dearth of resources for non-English-speaking people has made the problem even more challenging. That’s where Maritza Félix comes in.
May 23, 2022
Medicaid rolls grew in AZ during the pandemic. What could happen when the federal emergency ends
Medicaid rolls grew in Arizona and elsewhere during the pandemic. What might happen to those recipients when the federal public health emergency ends?
May 23, 2022
Tucson may forgo some water to help keep Lake Mead level up
Arizona's second most populous city has signaled it may forgo part of its allotment of Colorado River water delivered by the Central Arizona Project aqueduct in order to help forestall a shortage declaration for Lake Mead that would trigger mandatory reductions.
May 23, 2022
Tucson company reaches space tourism milestone
A Tucson company claims to have set a record in the space tourism industry.
May 23, 2022
Pollution deaths break even, but causes shift
A new global analysis shows pollution killed 9 million people in 2019. Even more troubling, that number is virtually unchanged since four years earlier.
May 23, 2022
CDC recommends COVID-19 booster for kids 5-11
This week, the CDC recommended a COVID-19 booster shot for children 5 to 11 years old. Following the FDA’s approval of a booster on Tuesday, the CDC made its recommendation on Thursday.
May 20, 2022
Paper: Its time to extend ethical standards to Indigenous microbiome research
The impacts of colonialism and unseemly research reverberate to this day. But, outside of the social sciences and some genomics, efforts to involve and protect Indigenous peoples remain nebulous. A new perspective piece argues for embedding those ethical frameworks in the rapidly growing field of microbiome research.
May 20, 2022
AZ could see monsoon come slightly earlier, curbing heat
Hot, dry conditions in May and June are always expected — and then hope remains that the monsoon will bring us some moisture and rain in July and August. Will that be the case this year?
May 20, 2022
90% of people with Down syndrome are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease
People with Down syndrome are living longer than ever before. It’s an incredible shift in life expectancy, but it also means more needs to be done now to support them and their families. That’s because 90% of people with Down syndrome are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
May 20, 2022
Its not just COVID. Flu cases are on the rise in AZ, too
Flu season is usually coming to an end by this time of year, but the Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than 1,000 flu cases last week — the highest count so far this season.
May 19, 2022
Why this Arizona doctor spent a month helping in Ukraine
As the war in Ukraine approaches its third month, global concerns continue to rise. These worries have spurred volunteers from across the world to travel to Ukraine and offer assistance. One of those volunteers is Arizona surgeon Dr. Tom Rusing.
May 19, 2022
Why breastfeeding wont solve the nationwide baby formula shortage
A nationwide shortage of formula has revived a long-running debate about using formula versus breastfeeding, and the idea that, while formula might be getting more expensive, breastfeeding is free. But writer Aubrey Hirsch begs to differ.
May 19, 2022
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arizona
COVID-19 case counts in Arizona tripled over the past month. The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 7,204 new cases in its weekly update Wednesday — the third week in a row the state reported an increase in cases.
May 18, 2022
Congress finally held a public hearing on UFOs
For the first time in half a century, Congress held a public hearing on UFOs. On May 17, Pentagon officials testified about so-called “unexplained phenomena,” although George Knapp doesn’t believe the military actually said all that much.
May 18, 2022
California rejects $1.4 billion water desalination plant
Plans to build a new desalination plant in Southern California were rejected after more than 20 years of debate. The decision has implications for the future of the Colorado River.
May 18, 2022
Women forced to carry pregnancy to term often struggle with mental health
Carrying a baby to term or choosing to terminate a pregnancy are both complicated and hugely emotional decisions. Some women who have an abortion feel relieved; others struggle with depression or regret. But there are more mental health implications if a woman can no longer choose.
May 17, 2022

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