Arizona Science Desk


A drone has been airborne for over a month — and thats a big deal for future connectivity
A solar-powered drone has been airborne since June 15 after taking off from the Army’s Proving Grounds in Yuma.
Aug. 10, 2022
Older adults very likely to get updated COVID-19 booster, poll shows
A new poll of people over the age of 50 shows that many of them plan to get an updated COVID-19 booster shot when it becomes available.
Aug. 10, 2022
AZs suicide rate is alarmingly high. What mental health pros say needs to be improved
The CDC says suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Arizona. Mental health professionals discuss what is making suicide so prominent and how it can be prevented.
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Aug. 10, 2022
What you need to know about monkeypox
Maricopa County has reported more than 100 cases of monkeypox so far. The good news is monkeypox is not COVID-19, and Maricopa County epidemiologist Dr. Nick Staab is optimistic.
Aug. 9, 2022
Loss of smell due to COVID-19 could be a predictor for dementia
Persistent loss of smell due to COVID-19 could be connected to long-term cognitive impairment.
Aug. 9, 2022
CHIPS Act funds will flow into AZ; China remains ahead
President Joe Biden signed a law investing billions in the U.S. manufacturing of semiconductor chips.
Aug. 9, 2022
Pima County monkeypox vaccines to go toward people most at risk
Health officials in Pima County say the county is ramping up to offer more monkeypox vaccines as additional supplies arrive in the coming weeks.
Aug. 8, 2022
Heres what lies ahead for Arizonas 2022 monsoon season
More monsoon activity hit the Valley on Aug. 7 with some rain and reported wind gusts of nearly 70 mph. The official monsoon season wraps up at the end of September. So what should our expectations be for the next seven weeks?
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Aug. 8, 2022
Prescribed burns arent just worth the risk — theyre our only hope
We hear a lot about the ravages of wildfires on vast swaths of land in the West, of the destruction it can cause to communities, the high cost of fighting it. So it can be hard to see why the Forest Service starts fires.
Aug. 8, 2022
Climate hazards worsen 58% of infectious diseases
A new, comprehensive review of research shows climate hazards have intensified almost three-fifths of human infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Climate change is already worsening the effect.
Aug. 8, 2022
Experts: Dont just fight fires — fortify communities
More than a dozen wildfires are burning around the state, and the season isn’t over yet. But experts say we need to pay more attention to how homes affect fires and the resulting contamination.
Aug. 8, 2022
Q&AZ: Does gravel landscape negatively impact urban heat island effect?
In an effort to conserve water during the long-term drought, residents around the Southwest are tearing out their grass and opting for desert landscaping — called hardscape — that primarily features gravel. Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Does hardscape contribute negatively to the urban heat island effect?
Aug. 7, 2022
Marciopa County will offer additional monkeypox vaccine clinics
The Maricopa County department of public health will hold additional monkeypox vaccine clinics Monday and Wednesday.
Aug. 6, 2022
Raytheon nails down $96 million Navy missile contract
The U.S. Navy will pay Raytheon Missile & Defense in Tucson $96 million to maintain and recertify a key ship-defense missile system.
Aug. 5, 2022
Machine restores cell function in pig 1 hour after death
Soon after the heart stops beating, cells die and organs fail due to a lack of blood flow, oxygen and nutrients. But research in pigs shows a novel machine can preserve cells and tissues up to an hour after death — a potential boon for the 2,100 Arizonans awaiting transplants.
Aug. 4, 2022
AZ outbreak reaches 85 cases as White House declares monkeypox emergency
The White House on Thursday declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Cases are on the rise nationwide, including in Arizona.
Aug. 4, 2022
How a wet monsoon affects Arizonas drought
Thursday morning saw the latest storm in what has been a wet monsoon season in Arizona. All the rain is easing drought conditions in some ways — but maybe not others.
Aug. 4, 2022
5 litters of endangered black-footed ferrets born at Phoenix Zoo
A successful breeding season for endangered black-footed ferrets has produced five litters at the Phoenix Zoo. Now the zoo is asking the public to help choose their names.
Aug. 3, 2022
Heat may raise risks of heart attacks for some meds users
Staying out of the heat – especially in Arizona this time of year – is always good advice. But new research shows it might be especially vital for people who use certain cardiovascular medications.
Aug. 3, 2022
Monkeypox disproportionately affects gay and bisexual men, but anyone can get it
Monkeypox is disproportionately impacting the MSM community, or men who have sex with men.
Aug. 3, 2022