Arizona Science Desk


Q&AZ: Does gravel landscape negatively impact urban heat island effect?
In an effort to conserve water during the long-term drought, residents around the Southwest are tearing out their grass and opting for desert landscaping — called hardscape — that primarily features gravel. Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Does hardscape contribute negatively to the urban heat island effect?
Aug. 7, 2022
Marciopa County will offer additional monkeypox vaccine clinics
The Maricopa County department of public health will hold additional monkeypox vaccine clinics Monday and Wednesday.
Aug. 6, 2022
Raytheon nails down $96 million Navy missile contract
The U.S. Navy will pay Raytheon Missile & Defense in Tucson $96 million to maintain and recertify a key ship-defense missile system.
Aug. 5, 2022
Machine restores cell function in pig 1 hour after death
Soon after the heart stops beating, cells die and organs fail due to a lack of blood flow, oxygen and nutrients. But research in pigs shows a novel machine can preserve cells and tissues up to an hour after death — a potential boon for the 2,100 Arizonans awaiting transplants.
Aug. 4, 2022
AZ outbreak reaches 85 cases as White House declares monkeypox emergency
The White House on Thursday declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Cases are on the rise nationwide, including in Arizona.
Aug. 4, 2022
How a wet monsoon affects Arizonas drought
Thursday morning saw the latest storm in what has been a wet monsoon season in Arizona. All the rain is easing drought conditions in some ways — but maybe not others.
Aug. 4, 2022
5 litters of endangered black-footed ferrets born at Phoenix Zoo
A successful breeding season for endangered black-footed ferrets has produced five litters at the Phoenix Zoo. Now the zoo is asking the public to help choose their names.
Aug. 3, 2022
Heat may raise risks of heart attacks for some meds users
Staying out of the heat – especially in Arizona this time of year – is always good advice. But new research shows it might be especially vital for people who use certain cardiovascular medications.
Aug. 3, 2022
Monkeypox disproportionately affects gay and bisexual men, but anyone can get it
Monkeypox is disproportionately impacting the MSM community, or men who have sex with men.
Aug. 3, 2022
COVID-19 transmission is still high in Arizona
COVID-19 remains widespread in Arizona. The state health department this week is reporting 74 deaths from the virus and more than 15,000 new infections.
Aug. 3, 2022
NASA scientists memoir explores childhood trauma
Lindy Elkins-Tanton did not always want to be a scientist. But today, she is one of the nation’s leading planetary scientists and the second woman ever to be awarded a major NASA space exploration contract.
Aug. 3, 2022
New images from Webb Telescope reveal more detail on Cartwheel Galaxy
A little less than a month after NASA released its first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, the agency has unveiled new images showing a far-off galaxy in the shape of a wheel.
Aug. 2, 2022
What Arizonans can do to help save the monarch butterfly
Monarchs might be the most iconic of butterflies — the ones that come to mind when you think about our fluttery friends. But the plant they need to live is in decline.
Aug. 2, 2022
Proposed system could predict flash droughts by weeks or months
Climate change is expected to worsen water shortages, including short-lived, hard-to-predict flash droughts. New research proposes a global early warning system that could help farmers save their crops.
Aug. 1, 2022
New prostate cancer treatment could change the game for other illnesses
Prostate cancer patients have a new treatment, and Dr. Phillip Koo says lots of patients will qualify to use it.
Aug. 1, 2022
More supported harassing health officials as pandemic wore on, research shows
Attacks on public health officials reached new highs during the COVID-19 pandemic and helped drive a mass exodus across state and local health departments. Research shows that, as the pandemic wore on, even former allies began to support harassment and threats.
July 30, 2022
UA scientist helps prove COVID-19 came from animals
New research reveals insight into the origins of COVID-19 and the subsequent pandemic that encompassed the globe.
July 29, 2022
Valley organizations team up to support Native American caregivers through music
One in 3 Native American elders will develop Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. But accessing resources can be difficult for families, especially in tribal communities in rural parts of the state.
July 29, 2022
Extreme heat worsens mental health conditions
The past seven years have been the warmest on record, and climate change promises more extreme weather events to come. Research shows high heat can harm physical well-being, but what about mental health?
July 28, 2022
Health survey shows COVID-19 impacts on community
More than 14,000 people participated in a Maricopa County Department of Public Health survey on the impacts of COVID-19 and other pandemic concerns.
July 28, 2022