Arizona Science Desk


BLM Set To Restore Shivwits Plateau Near Grand Canyon
The Bureau of Land Management has finalized a plan to restore thousands of acres in a remote area north of the Grand Canyon. The BLM wants to thin and replant vegetation on more than 300,000 acres on the Shivwits Plateau.
Aug. 31, 2021
VA Secretary Says Pandemic Worsened Health Care For Veterans
Phoenix was at the epicenter of the problems surrounding Veterans Affairs hospitals and how veterans were being cared for. Improvements have been made since then, but the pandemic introduced new challenges for health care for veterans.
Aug. 31, 2021
Report On New COVID-19 Cases Low Due To Data Problem
Arizona on Tuesday reported far fewer additional COVID-19 cases than normal as state officials cited a data-processing problem.
Aug. 31, 2021
Fraud Trial For Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Begins
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, who got Arizona lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey to change state law in 2015 to financially benefit her company, goes on trial this week on criminal charges of fraud and conspiracy.
Aug. 31, 2021
36 Navajo Nation Communities Have Uncontrolled COVID-19 Spread
The Navajo Nation on Monday reported 17 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the second consecutive day. Based on cases from Aug. 13-16, the Navajo Department of Health has issued an advisory notice for 36 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.
Aug. 31, 2021
Flood Watches Blanket AZ Because Of Tropical Moisture
Flood watches have been issued for all of Arizona, including metro Phoenix and Tucson, effective from late Tuesday morning until late Wednesday evening.
Aug. 31, 2021
Maricopa County School COVID-19 Outbreaks Spiking
Health officials in Arizona's most populous county are sounding the alarm about a growing number of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools and a rising number of children and teens infected with the coronavirus.
Aug. 30, 2021
Report: Seniors, ADA Riders Prefer Autonomous Vehicles
A Federal Transit Administration report found seniors and riders certified under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the East Valley prefer autonomous vehicles over traditional taxis or rideshare options.
Aug. 30, 2021
Officials Working To Reduce Flood Severity In Flagstaff
Throughout this monsoon season, Flagstaff and other areas of northern Arizona have seen heavy rain and flooding. Officials, engineers and flood control specialists met last week to discuss ways to reduce the severity of future floods.
Aug. 29, 2021
Monsoon Stories 2021: Rain And Wildlife
So far, Monsoon 2021 hasn’t disappointed. We’ve seen dark skies, cooler temps and, yes, rain. Lots of rain. It’s eased Arizona’s ongoing drought — for the time being, at least. For the plants and animals that call the Sonoran Desert home, all that rainfall can be a double-edged sword.
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Aug. 27, 2021
Gaps In Wildfire Smoke Warning Network Leave Many Exposed
Huge gaps between air quality sensors in the western U.S. have created blind spots in the warning system for wildfire smoke plumes sweeping North America this summer.
Aug. 27, 2021
Why Phoenix Is Crawling With Bright Green Caterpillars
Many Maricopa County residents are noticing a curious side effect of the monsoons: a sizable increase in the numbers of caterpillars wandering their neighborhoods.
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Aug. 27, 2021
U.S. Task Force Lowers Diabetes Screening Age Amid Surging Cases
Diabetes affects 13% of all U.S. adults, and 35% meet the criteria for prediabetes. As diabetes prevalence in the U.S. surges among both children and adults, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has lowered its recommended screening age for overweight adults from 40 to 35.
Aug. 27, 2021
Arizona Surpasses 1 Million COVID-19 Cases
Arizona has now recorded more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The grim milestone comes as hospitalizations in the state continue to climb.
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Aug. 27, 2021
New Series Explores Teen Suicide Through Animation
Even before the pandemic hit, suicide among teens hit record highs. Then, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this summer that the problem was getting worse. Now, a new animated series is tackling the issue head-on.
Aug. 26, 2021
Arizona 2nd In U.S. For Charcuterie Salmonella Cases
The CDC is investigating two salmonella outbreaks linked to Italian-style meats like salami and prosciutto, and Arizona ranks among the states hardest hit.
Aug. 26, 2021
Study Finds Rising Heat Could Hurt Labor Market
A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists finds the effects of rising temperatures could have negative effects on the labor market, putting $2.5 billion of earnings are at risk in Arizona alone.
Aug. 26, 2021
AZDHS Gets A New Leader Amid 3rd COVID-19 Wave
Arizona’s Department of Health Services will have a new leader starting this week. Gov. Doug Ducey announced Don Herrington will succeed health department director, Dr. Cara Christ, who is stepping down Friday to take a job in the private sector.
Aug. 26, 2021
Aphasia Choirs Bring New Speech Pathways For People With Communication Impairments
When someone suffers a brain injury and loses the ability to speak, read and communicate, typically after a stroke, that condition is known as aphasia. One way to help bring back the language, and create a social community, is through singing.
Aug. 26, 2021
AZ Hospital Leaders Describe Strain Amid 3rd  COVID-19 Wave
The number of Arizonans with COVID-19 in hospital intensive care units is at its highest point in six months and the state's health care facilities are increasingly strained.
Aug. 25, 2021