Arizona Science Desk


Dr. Carlos Gonzales Discusses Shortage Of Doctors In Rural Arizona
Arizona has been struggling with a shortage of medical professionals for a number of years, and the problem is even starker in rural areas.
April 23, 2015
Arizona Water Officials Consider Shortage In Colorado River
A cutback in Arizona’s portion of the Colorado River could be on the horizon. But officials met in Phoenix on Wednesday to reassure water users the state is doing all it can to prevent that.
April 23, 2015
Federal Project Seeks To Transfer Water From Lawns To River Banks
Every year the Rio Grande surrenders its waters for human use. Today there's a government-led effort to buy back water rights to benefit the river. The water will irrigate native vegetation along the banks of the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico.
April 22, 2015
 Rerouting Water Benefits Native Ecosystem Along The Rio Grande
In southern New Mexico, humans drastically altered the course of the Rio Grande decades ago to better serve farmers and an international water treaty. Today a government-led effort is attempting to restore the river to a more natural state.
April 20, 2015
Arizona Forest Restoration Project Reaches Milestone
The Kaibab and Coconino National Forests are reaching a milestone. More than 500,000 acres are seeing accelerated forest recovery, as part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.
April 20, 2015
California Condor Feared Dead Spotted In Colorado
A California condor "missing and feared dead" from near Grand Canyon National Park has been found by 200 miles from home near Cortez, Colo.
April 20, 2015
ASU Researcher Using Salmonella To Fight Cancer Cells
Using genetically modified salmonella bacteria against tumors has been the focus of researchers for several years because salmonella cells are naturally attracted to tumors.
April 20, 2015
Final Report On Radiation Contamination At New Mexico Nuclear Waste Site Released
Investigators said officials could have prevented the poor management and lapses in safety that led to radiation contamination inside the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository.
April 17, 2015
Astronomers Discover The Universe Is Not Accelerating At The Rate They Previously Thought
According to a team of astronomers, the universe since the Big Bang is not accelerating at the rate that researchers had previously thought.
April 16, 2015
Scientists Research High Methane Levels In The Four Corners Region
Scientists have started trying to figure out why the Four Corners region is such a hot spot for methane.
April 16, 2015
California Health Officials: Measles Outbreak Nearly Over
A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in December and affected some communities in Arizona is waning.
April 16, 2015
UA Study Suggests Twitter Posts Could Help Predict ER Traffic
Researchers at the University of Arizona said Twitter posts could be used to accurately predict emergency room visits. The study focused on chronic conditions like asthma.
April 15, 2015
Duck In New Mexico Tests Positive For H5N2 Strain Of Bird Flu
New Mexico’s Game and Fish Department said a duck at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in southern New Mexico has tested positive for a highly virulent strain of bird flu.
April 15, 2015
Arizona Researchers: Fungus Could Be Key To Slowing Destructive Bark Beetles
Growing bark beetle populations have decimated forests in the western United States, with some damage to northern and eastern Arizona forests. But local research is getting closer to a “solution” that may help.
April 15, 2015
New ASU Study Shows Taser Use Temporarily Impairs Brain Function
With the spotlight on police shootings around the country, many departments are relying more heavily on so-called “less than lethal” force to subdue arrestees. New research shows the effects of tasers may last longer than previously thought.
April 9, 2015
Professor Darlene Cavalier Talks About Citizen Science Research Projects
For a lot of people, taking part in science experiments ends after their last school science fair. But, there are people working to change that.
April 8, 2015
Agreement Reached By New Mexico Dairy Industry, Environmental Advocates
Representatives for the dairy industry, environmental groups and state officials came to an agreement on how to revise rules regulating wastewater management and groundwater monitoring.
April 7, 2015
New Mexico Considers Diverting Gila River, Faces Opposition
As drought across the West persists, the fight for water is getting more heated. In rural, southwestern New Mexico, the battle is over the Gila River.
April 7, 2015
Colorado River In Grand Canyon Ranked Most Endangered River In US
A conservation group has named the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the most endangered river in the United States. The ranking is based on two large-scale development projects as well as the potential for future uranium mining.
April 7, 2015
New Law Allows Arizonans To Get Lab Tests Without Doctor Order
A new law will allow Arizonans to order their own lab tests without a doctor’s permission.
April 6, 2015