Arizona Science Desk


Monkeypox transmission rate has experts worried
Monkeypox isn’t spreading the same way as COVID-19, or infecting nearly as many people, but it is another public health concern in our communities. But why is society being hit by another contagious illness?
Aug. 12, 2022
How summers — and COVID-19 — rob Arizonans of vital sleep
It’s said “a good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” But many Arizonans find long, hot summer days, demanding work schedules and even pandemic side-effects can foul up their 40 winks — a deficit that can lead to health nightmares.
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Aug. 12, 2022
Mushroom Society cooks up foraged fungi for annual foray
It's wild mushroom season, and the Arizona Mushroom Society is hosting its biggest gathering of the year Aug. 12-14.
Aug. 11, 2022
Research confirms firefighting could cause cancer. Thats a big deal for sick firefighters
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified the occupational exposure firefighters face as carcinogenic.
Aug. 11, 2022
An active monsoon will not end the drought, but its good for wildlife
Experts agree that the active monsoon is not going to end the drought or raise water levels at Lake Powell. But the rain does have a lot of benefits.
Aug. 10, 2022
Phoenix program offers free gardens, training, maintenance
The city of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs has kicked off the next cohort of its Backyard Garden Program, which will give a free garden to more than 90 Phoenix households.
Aug. 10, 2022
Arizonas weekly COVID-19 trends show slight improvements
COVID-19 is still widespread in Arizona, but the state's outbreak is showing signs of slowing down. The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 13,501 cases in its weekly update Wednesday — the lowest case count in nine weeks.
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Aug. 10, 2022
National Academies calls for fuller EPA research into sunscreen ingredients
With peak UV reaching very high levels this week, a good sunscreen is a Phoenician’s best friend. But is that friendship toxic to humans, animals or the environment? A new report by the National Academies joins a chorus of experts who have long called for better answers.
Aug. 10, 2022
As the search for life beyond Earth continues, some stop to ask if we should
Today, the images from the James Webb Space Telescope are captivating humanity across the globe. But Willi Lempert thinks we should reframe the conversation around extraterrestrial life.
Aug. 10, 2022
A drone has been airborne for over a month — and thats a big deal for future connectivity
A solar-powered drone has been airborne since June 15 after taking off from the Army’s Proving Grounds in Yuma.
Aug. 10, 2022
Older adults very likely to get updated COVID-19 booster, poll shows
A new poll of people over the age of 50 shows that many of them plan to get an updated COVID-19 booster shot when it becomes available.
Aug. 10, 2022
AZs suicide rate is alarmingly high. What mental health pros say needs to be improved
The CDC says suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Arizona. Mental health professionals discuss what is making suicide so prominent and how it can be prevented.
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Aug. 10, 2022
What you need to know about monkeypox
Maricopa County has reported more than 100 cases of monkeypox so far. The good news is monkeypox is not COVID-19, and Maricopa County epidemiologist Dr. Nick Staab is optimistic.
Aug. 9, 2022
Loss of smell due to COVID-19 could be a predictor for dementia
Persistent loss of smell due to COVID-19 could be connected to long-term cognitive impairment.
Aug. 9, 2022
CHIPS Act funds will flow into AZ; China remains ahead
President Joe Biden signed a law investing billions in the U.S. manufacturing of semiconductor chips.
Aug. 9, 2022
Pima County monkeypox vaccines to go toward people most at risk
Health officials in Pima County say the county is ramping up to offer more monkeypox vaccines as additional supplies arrive in the coming weeks.
Aug. 8, 2022
Heres what lies ahead for Arizonas 2022 monsoon season
More monsoon activity hit the Valley on Aug. 7 with some rain and reported wind gusts of nearly 70 mph. The official monsoon season wraps up at the end of September. So what should our expectations be for the next seven weeks?
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Aug. 8, 2022
Prescribed burns arent just worth the risk — theyre our only hope
We hear a lot about the ravages of wildfires on vast swaths of land in the West, of the destruction it can cause to communities, the high cost of fighting it. So it can be hard to see why the Forest Service starts fires.
Aug. 8, 2022
Climate hazards worsen 58% of infectious diseases
A new, comprehensive review of research shows climate hazards have intensified almost three-fifths of human infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Climate change is already worsening the effect.
Aug. 8, 2022
Experts: Dont just fight fires — fortify communities
More than a dozen wildfires are burning around the state, and the season isn’t over yet. But experts say we need to pay more attention to how homes affect fires and the resulting contamination.
Aug. 8, 2022