Arizona Science Desk


Officials handling of monkeypox susceptibility echoes misinformation from HIV/AIDS epidemic
When monkeypox first emerged as a health concern, much of the focus was on the LGBTQ community. But as it becomes clearer that susceptibility to the virus isn't based on sexual behavior, the narrative is changing.
Aug. 18, 2022
Microchip tapped to build next-gen spaceflight processor
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has selected Microchip Technology of Chandler to develop its next generation of high-performance spaceflight computer processors.
Aug. 17, 2022
56% of infected dont know they have COVID-19
Experts have credited omicron’s swift spread to both biological and social factors, from its greater transmissibility to a relaxation of social precautions. But new research shows another insidious factor at work: Most infected people don’t know they have it.
Aug. 17, 2022
How COVID-19, monkeypox have revealed racial inequities in health care
Concerns about racial disparities in health care are again coming to the forefront as worries over monkeypox's transmission increase.
Aug. 17, 2022
Report: Phoenix will see hotter temps in coming decades
It’s hot now, but Phoenix is only going to get hotter over the next 30 years. A new report from the climate research firm, First Street Foundation, projects Maricopa County could see days that reach 125 degrees by the middle of this century.
Aug. 16, 2022
UA prepares for COVID-19 and monkeypox
The University of Arizona is facing fights to stop the spread of monkeypox on campus, as well as the stigma that follows the disease.
Aug. 16, 2022
Further evidence shows mRNA vaccines safe during pregnancy
Females who are pregnant face a greater risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes, yet their vaccination rates still lag behind. Now, a study of more than 90,000 females provides further evidence that mRNA vaccines are safe during pregnancy.
Aug. 16, 2022
Could the ocean provide a cure for the Southwest water problem?
It's a picture-perfect day in Southern California. The sun is beating down on this Carlsbad beach, where volleyballs hit the sand and surfers paddle out into the waves. Just steps from here, the salty water lapping the shore is being transformed.
Aug. 16, 2022
Final prelaunch underway for NASA Artemis I mission
NASA’s Artemis I mission is slated to begin rolling toward its launch pad at Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, where it is scheduled to lift off on Aug. 29. A cargo of small research satellites — including one from ASU — will be hitching a ride.
Aug. 15, 2022
Monsoon brings out palo verde beetles, toads
Shinji Otsuru is a keeper at the Phoenix Zoo who takes care of reptiles and amphibians. The Show spoke with Otsuru about what kinds of creatures we tend to see in the Phoenix area around this time of year.
Aug. 15, 2022
People with COVID-19 seek more medical help, even 6 months after infection
Up to six months after infection, more than 70% of COVID-19 patients still have at least one symptom, but health care systems concentrate resources on treating the initial disease, not its aftereffects.
Aug. 13, 2022
Monkeypox transmission rate has experts worried
Monkeypox isn’t spreading the same way as COVID-19, or infecting nearly as many people, but it is another public health concern in our communities. But why is society being hit by another contagious illness?
Aug. 12, 2022
How summers — and COVID-19 — rob Arizonans of vital sleep
It’s said “a good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” But many Arizonans find long, hot summer days, demanding work schedules and even pandemic side-effects can foul up their 40 winks — a deficit that can lead to health nightmares.
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Aug. 12, 2022
Mushroom Society cooks up foraged fungi for annual foray
It's wild mushroom season, and the Arizona Mushroom Society is hosting its biggest gathering of the year Aug. 12-14.
Aug. 11, 2022
Research confirms firefighting could cause cancer. Thats a big deal for sick firefighters
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified the occupational exposure firefighters face as carcinogenic.
Aug. 11, 2022
An active monsoon will not end the drought, but its good for wildlife
Experts agree that the active monsoon is not going to end the drought or raise water levels at Lake Powell. But the rain does have a lot of benefits.
Aug. 10, 2022
Phoenix program offers free gardens, training, maintenance
The city of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs has kicked off the next cohort of its Backyard Garden Program, which will give a free garden to more than 90 Phoenix households.
Aug. 10, 2022
Arizonas weekly COVID-19 trends show slight improvements
COVID-19 is still widespread in Arizona, but the state's outbreak is showing signs of slowing down. The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 13,501 cases in its weekly update Wednesday — the lowest case count in nine weeks.
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Aug. 10, 2022
National Academies calls for fuller EPA research into sunscreen ingredients
With peak UV reaching very high levels this week, a good sunscreen is a Phoenician’s best friend. But is that friendship toxic to humans, animals or the environment? A new report by the National Academies joins a chorus of experts who have long called for better answers.
Aug. 10, 2022
As the search for life beyond Earth continues, some stop to ask if we should
Today, the images from the James Webb Space Telescope are captivating humanity across the globe. But Willi Lempert thinks we should reframe the conversation around extraterrestrial life.
Aug. 10, 2022