Arizona Science Desk


Lots of people have stopped masking. How the issue has evolved
Over the last couple of years, masks have been political symbols, but also social ones. To learn about that aspect of masking, The Show spoke with Markus Kemmelmeier, a professor of social psychology and sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Sept. 21, 2022
Experts say it’s time to think beyond battling wildfires — and find a way to live with them
Wildfires are growing more frequent and severe, and wildfire season has lengthened by almost three months since the late-1970s. Experts say it’s time to think beyond battling these inevitable blazes and find a way to live with them.
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Sept. 21, 2022
Reporter glad readers care enough to send hate mail
As the Arizona Republic's climate news and storytelling reporter, Joan Meiners gets a lot of hate mail. But through scientifically analyzing it, she found the harsh words might actually offer some hope.
Sept. 20, 2022
Gila County leads AZ in non-fatal opioid overdoses. Heres how officials are responding
More than 2,000 Arizonans died last year due to opioid overdoses; fentanyl was a leading cause. Those are among the findings in the state health department’s latest Opioid Overdoses Surveillance Report.
Sept. 20, 2022
Daily multivitamin could slow cognitive decline, study shows
Taking a daily multivitamin could slow cognitive decline among adults 65 and older. That’s according to a three year study of more than 2,000 people.
Sept. 20, 2022
Nikola CEO testifies companys founder misstated facts
Nikola Corp.’s top executive testified at the trial of the truckmaker’s founder on Monday, saying he repeatedly tried without success to rein in a man prone to exaggeration and misstating facts while trying to elevate his company's share price with promises he couldn't keep.
Sept. 20, 2022
As the Colorado River shrinks, water managers see promise in recycling sewage
In the parched Colorado River basin, water managers are turning over every stone looking for ways to keep the taps flowing. Now, they’re finding more water in some unusual places — shower drains and toilet flushes.
Sept. 20, 2022
Anti-trans rhetoric harms young people, drives up hate crimes
Gender identity and transitioning feature prominently in Arizona politics, from restricting youth access to gender-affirming care to adding LGBTQ+ status to city anti-discrimination ordinances. Studies show the heated rhetoric can hurt those most affected.
Sept. 19, 2022
Regulators need more data, more consistent standards on cannabis contaminants
As Arizona approaches the two-year anniversary of marijuana legalization in November, many health and safety questions about cannabis as a consumer product remain unanswered. A new study reiterates the old motto: Let the buyer beware.
Sept. 19, 2022
University of Arizona forms partnership with U.S. Space Command
University of Arizona has partnered with the U.S. Space Command by becoming the inaugural member of the Academic Engagement Enterprise.
Sept. 18, 2022
AZ scientists, telescopes prep for asteroid deflection test
On Sept. 26, NASA will conduct the first test of a technology designed to protect the planet from hazardous asteroids or comets. The Lowell Discovery Telescope, located near the northern Arizona community of Happy Jack, will play an integral role in the test.
Sept. 16, 2022
How people survived in Arizona before AC
Arizonans haven't always had air conditioning to beat the desert heat. The Show spoke with Chris Reid of the Pinal County Historical Society to learn how early Arizonans handled the scorching temperatures.
Sept. 15, 2022
AZ COVID vaccination rates are too low to eliminate threat
While the state's COVID-19 outbreak shows signs of receding, some experts say Arizona’s vaccination rates are still too low.
Sept. 14, 2022
California utility to test whether canals with solar panels can save water
A California utility is set to test out whether covering canals with solar panels can save water by preventing evaporation, among other benefits.
Sept. 14, 2022
Opioid deaths continue to increase in Arizona
Arizona saw a record number of opioid deaths last year, according to the latest data from the state health department.
Sept. 13, 2022
Researchers explore the link between sedentary behavior and dementia
University of Arizona professor of psychology Gene Alexander has been involved in research into how sedentary behavior — like passively watching television — is linked to dementia. His recent study does show a connection, and The Show spoke with him to learn more about the specifics.
Sept. 13, 2022
San Francisco self-driving taxi service Cruise expanding to Phoenix
As it already has been doing in parts of San Francisco during night-time hours, Cruise’s ride-hailing service will transport Phoenix passengers in vehicles that won’t have a safety driver.
Sept. 13, 2022
More kids in Navajo Nation are vaccinated against COVID than elsewhere in country
COVID-19 hit the Navajo Nation hard. Now, the tribe has vaccinated more than half of children ages 5 to 11; that’s compared to about a third nationwide.
Sept. 13, 2022
One idea to prevent heat deaths: Naming heat waves like hurricanes
The heat kills people every year. Could naming heat events like other extreme weather events help prevent that?
Sept. 13, 2022
How to find locations administering the COVID vaccine to kids
When the COVID-19 vaccine was first rolled out for adults, it seemed like you could get it everywhere. But by the time the vaccine was available to kids, that rollout looked very different.
Sept. 13, 2022