Arizona Science Desk


Arizona life expectancy drops below national average
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Arizona’s life expectancy decreased between 2019 and 2020, dipping below the national average.
Aug. 27, 2022
This teacher is the new astronomer in residence at the Grand Canyon
Lauren Camp was selected by the Grand Canyon Conservancy for the position. She’s a poet and creative writing teacher from New Mexico.
Aug. 26, 2022
What happens when a tortoise outlives its owner? The challenges of an heirloom pet
Many pet owners consider their pets' welfare in the event of their own unexpected passing. But what happens when your pet outlives you?
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Aug. 26, 2022
Peoria institutes sustainability plan
Peoria has become the latest of several Arizona cities to institute a sustainability plan. The mayor and council adopted the Sustainable Peoria Plan earlier this week.
Aug. 25, 2022
Americans vastly underestimate support for climate action
With the divisive rhetoric around climate change, it’s natural to assume support for policy measures might be on the low side. But new research shows that’s a mistaken assumption.
Aug. 24, 2022
Experts sound alarm on youth mental health crisis
Arizona ranks 44th in the U.S. for suicide among older adults, especially males. Now, experts are sounding a nationwide alarm about a mental health crisis in the youth population, including females. The crisis is especially pronounced among children who are Black or LGBTQ+.
Aug. 24, 2022
Recruiting people to participate in Alzheimers studies is tough
Recruiting healthy volunteers as well as those living with Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging. Now, a panel of experts has issued recommendations to improve recruitment efforts.
Aug. 24, 2022
Arizonas heat is becoming deadlier — and experts say the issue is homelessness, not climate
This year is on track to be a record-breaking year for heat-associated deaths in Maricopa County. Advocates say the real concern is not that Phoenix has too much hot weather, but not enough homes.
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Aug. 24, 2022
A new find deep under the ocean could help us understand what killed the dinosaurs
A new discovery at the bottom of the ocean has some scientists taking a closer look at how dinosaurs were wiped off the planet.
Aug. 23, 2022
The buffet is open: What to do when Arizona wildlife encroaches on your home
Humans and wildlife seem to be increasingly battling over territory in Arizona. And Amy Burnett of Arizona's Game and Fish Department says we may need to be a bit less friendly.
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Aug. 23, 2022
Can Arizonas water supply handle more microchip plants?
Arizona could see more chip manufacturing under the CHIPS Act. What would that mean for the state's water supplies?
Aug. 23, 2022
Over-the-counter hearing aids are coming — and many could benefit
One in 3 Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Hearing aids are available but not always accessible, costing thousands of dollars out of pocket. But big change is on the way.
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Aug. 23, 2022
Some migraine sufferers report more attacks during monsoon
Some migraine sufferers are reporting increased symptoms during this active monsoon season in metro Phoenix. Studies suggest that low - or a significant drop in - atmospheric pressure can trigger an attack.
Aug. 22, 2022
What the sighting of El Jefe could mean for the future of jaguars
The jaguar known as El Jefe has been spotted for the first time in nearly a decade in Sonora, Mexico — an encouraging sign for researchers who feared the cat wouldn't be able to move south of the border again because of the border wall.
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Aug. 22, 2022
Why is your kid wearing a hoodie in the summer?
A growing trend of covering up during high temps prompted meteorologist Marshall Shepherd to reflect on the function of the humble hoodie.
Aug. 22, 2022
ASU scientist says Inflation Reduction Act will have climate impact in AZ
The Biden administration just made the single largest investment against climate change in U.S. history. And ASU's Clark Miller is optimistic about its impact.
Aug. 19, 2022
Propane-based AC might slow global warming
In Arizona, air-conditioning is nearly as essential as water bottles, and AC demand will only rise as climate change drives more frequent and severe heat waves. Now, new research suggests switching to propane-based AC could reduce global warming potential.
Aug. 18, 2022
Researchers unite in call for sustainable food systems
More than 30 researchers from a dozen countries have authored a perspectives paper in the journal Nature Sustainability calling for the world to shift to more sustainable food systems. They say the overhaul should be guided by education and research, and based on principles like sufficiency, renewal, distributed benefits, access and community.
Aug. 18, 2022
At last, good news about PFAS forever chemicals removal
In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued four health advisories for PFAS in drinking water, and Arizona officials found alarming levels of the pervasive toxins in a Prescott restaurant's water supply. Now, new research offers hope for taking the "forever" out of these "forever chemicals."
Aug. 18, 2022
Director of Aunt Ritas shares monkeypox experience
As of Aug. 18, there are 183 probable and confirmed cases of monkeypox in Maricopa County. And one of those infected is Jimmy Thomason, director of Aunt Rita's Foundation.
Aug. 18, 2022