Arizona Science Desk

ARIZONA SCIENCE DESK

Got A Song Stuck In Your Head? Arizona Researchers Want To Know Why
More than 90 percent of people experience earworms — songs or jingles that get stuck in your head and just won’t go away. Now three researchers from the University of Arizona are trying to find out why.
May 7, 2015
What Recent Valley Weather Tells Us About What To Expect For Summer Months
Valley weather has been a little bizarre over the past week or so. So what’s going on? And does it give us any idea about what kind of summer we’ll have?
May 6, 2015
What Is The State Of The Solar Industry In Arizona?
Last week, Solar City announced it was relocating a number of workers out of Arizona in response to Salt River Project’s actions on solar rates and fees.
May 6, 2015
US Forest Service Plans Drone Program To Manage Wildfire
The U.S. Forest Service plans to move forward with implementing a drone program. The agency has been experimenting with the unmanned aircrafts for the last few years in its wildfire management.
May 6, 2015
Los Alamos Lab Workers Recovering After Being Burned In Accident
One Los Alamos National Laboratory employee has been released from the hospital and another is in critical but stable condition after being burned in an accident last weekend at the nuclear weapons research facility.
May 6, 2015
50-Acre Prescribed Burn Planned In Grand Canyon Village
Park officials said National Park Service and Forest Service fire managers plan to burn 50 acres of predominantly ponderosa pine starting Thursday.
May 6, 2015
Raytheon Awarded $559M Contract for Guided Missiles
Raytheon has agreed to deliver 44 missiles, called SM-3 Block IBs, but this could be increased to 52 missiles, a press release said. The impact of the missiles is comparable to that of a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph and is directed at incoming missiles.
May 6, 2015
Researchers Explore Threat Of Pneumonia Among Bighorn Sheep In Grand Canyon
Researchers are looking into the threat of pneumonia spreading among desert bighorn sheep in the Grand Canyon.
May 6, 2015
Movie Projected On Hoover Dam Breaks World Record
Daimler Trucks North America LLC said that in addition to debuting the company's self-driving semi-truck on the Hoover Dam Tuesday night, the vehicle maker also broke Guinness World Records when it projected the highest light output ever turning the dam into a massive movie screen.
May 6, 2015
Leaning Tower Of Saguaro Falls At Saguaro National Park
A tall cactus at Saguaro National Park has fallen after listing at an incredibly steep angle, possibly for years. This comes less than a month after the cactus was featured in a Tucson newspaper.
May 5, 2015
 CDC Study: Health Risks Differ Between Latinos And Non-Hispanic Whites
Death rates from diabetes and chronic liver disease are significantly higher among Latinos, according to the Centers for Disease Control study on Latino health risks.
May 5, 2015
Pima County Considers Buying $22 Million In Solar Electricity
The Pima County Board of Supervisors is set to vote today on a deal that could save the county $4.5 million over 20 years.
May 5, 2015
Nuclear Weapons Lab Worker Seriously Burned In Los Alamos Accident
A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was in critical condition Monday after being burned in an accident that also sent eight other workers at the nuclear weapons research facility to the hospital.
May 5, 2015
Geological Survey: Small Earthquake Shakes Area Near Sedona
The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a 3.2 magnitude quake occurred about five miles north of Sedona about 2 a.m. Tuesday.
May 5, 2015
Navajo Nation Bill Proposes Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags
Legislation that's up for public comment would ban plastic bags and impose a fee on paper grocery bags. It encourages retailers to provide reusable bags at little or no cost, or provide boxes to customers.
May 5, 2015
TGen Partnership Study Advances Research On Often-Fatal Brain Tumor
Local research is studying one of the most deadly forms of brain cancer, and tests are narrowing down possible treatments.
May 4, 2015
US Pledges $13 Million For Uranium Clean-Up Evaluation In Navajo Nation
Navajo Nation officials said the federal government has agreed to give more than $13 million for a clean-up evaluation of abandoned uranium mines across the reservation.
May 4, 2015
After Heavy Rain, Gilbert Asks Residents Not To Irrigate Lawns
Gilbert took the opportunity to use social media asking people not to irrigate their lawns.
May 4, 2015
Dr. Joseph Sirven: Our Family Secret
As a young Latino boy, I remember noticing a family friend who would mysteriously be missing from family functions for months at a time. “Why is our friend not here?” I would ask my mother.
May 1, 2015
Declining Water Table Strains Ag Community In Southeastern Arizona
In parts of southeastern Arizona, the water table is falling rapidly, exposing the consequences of unrestricted groundwater pumping in rural, farming communities.
May 1, 2015

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