Arizona Science Desk

ARIZONA SCIENCE DESK

Children At Risk As COVID-19 Cases Surge Due To Delta Variant
As we see the number of COVID-19 cases rise across the country, a disturbing trend is emerging: the rise of cases — sometimes serious ones — in kids. And Dr. Wassim Ballan says the ultra-transmissible delta variant could be changing the game when it comes to kids.
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Aug. 9, 2021
Businesses Press Government Leaders For Action On Climate Change
Hundreds of companies have signed onto letters to government leaders, encouraging them to take action on climate change. The letters to President Joe Biden, Gov. Doug Ducey, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and others urge a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by the end of the decade.
Aug. 9, 2021
From A Grand Canyon Raft, West’s Shifting Water Woes Come Into View
The Colorado River through the national park holds lessons for managing an essential and diminishing resource in a rapidly warming climate.
Aug. 9, 2021
TGen RNA Study Finds Early Signs of Parkinsons
New research led by TGen in Phoenix describes early biological signs of Parkinson's disease. That knowledge could one day help scientists improve early diagnosis and treatment. The study also contributes to a large data trove for future investigation.
Aug. 9, 2021
Emergency Room Occupancy Reaches Pandemic High
The Arizona Department of Health Services says more than 1,500 patients occupied Arizona emergency room beds as of Thursday. Wednesday’s high mark of 1,528 is the highest since the Arizona Department of Health Services began tracking occupancy at the start of the pandemic.
Aug. 6, 2021
Recreation At Risk As Lake Powell Dips To Historic Low
The water level at Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border has hit a historic low amid a climate change-fueled megadrought engulfing the U.S. West. The milestone reached last week has closed boat ramps and forced some houseboats off the water, leaving tourists and businesses scrambling.
Aug. 6, 2021
ASU Professors Game Imagines Social Relationships In Space
Incredible images from NASA’s Perseverance rover have many on Earth imaging a human colony on Mars. ASU associate professor Lance Gharavi is taking things a step further with a game.
Aug. 6, 2021
▶ This Weeks #AZNumber: 100+
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week's number: 100+. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it on KJZZ.org.
Aug. 6, 2021
Valleywise Health Adds 2nd COVID-19 Unit
Early this summer, Valleywise Health was down to a single 12-bed COVID-19 unit. It now has opened a second, 28-bed unit to treat an additional 13 patients. Seven of those 25 are on ventilators.
Aug. 5, 2021
Medical Professionals Face Renewed Stress As Virus Cases Rise
As the COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, hospitals and medical professionals are facing renewed challenges and stresses.
Aug. 5, 2021
Study Adds Support For Pfizer Vaccine In Kids 12 And Older
In May, the FDA expanded the Pfizer vaccine’s Emergency Use Authorization to include children 12 and older. By June, reports were trickling in describing cases of the inflammatory heart disease myocarditis. A new study has the latest.
Aug. 5, 2021
Saguaro National Park Uses Herbicide On Buffelgrass
Saguaro National Park will resume aerial spraying for buffelgrass on the park’s eastern Rincon Mountain section this month.
Aug. 5, 2021
Study: Delta Surge Doesnt Change Unvaccinated Peoples Views
Concerns over the COVID-19 delta variant surge have driven some schools to defy the Arizona governor and require masks indoors. But according to polls and research by the Kaiser Family Foundation, it has yet to budge the needle for many unvaccinated Americans.
Aug. 4, 2021
Public Health Professor: Research Shows Vaccine Mandates Work
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law banning mask and vaccine mandates in the public sphere. But an increasing number of school districts across the state are pushing back, and experts like Karen Mulligan are calling for enforced mandates.
Aug. 4, 2021
Banner Health Reports Soaring COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Arizona is now averaging more than 1,800 new COVID-19 infections per day — the most the state has reported since mid-February. And Arizona's hospitals are feeling the strain of the latest surge.
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Aug. 3, 2021
How COVID-19 Could Be Here To Stay
One theory we’re hearing from public health experts is that we are headed toward a world in which COVID-19 is endemic and no longer a pandemic. That means, for one, that this new coronavirus is here to stay, but it also could mean it won’t be such a life-disrupting force.
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Aug. 3, 2021
Experts Call For Enforced Virus Restrictions In Schools
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law banning mask mandates, but the Phoenix Union High School District — and now the Phoenix Elementary School District — is requiring all students and staff to wear masks while on campus. And local doctors are siding with the schools’ decisions.
Aug. 3, 2021
5 Monthly Rainfall Records Set In July In Northern Arizona
An active monsoon season around northern Arizona in July brought five monthly rainfall records, officials said. Last month, Show Low had 8.79 inches of rain although the city usually averages 2.35 inches in July, meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff said.
Aug. 3, 2021
Even In An Epically Dry Year, Water Flows Into Parched Colorado River Delta
Seven years ago, a pulse of water on the Colorado River at the U.S.-Mexico border temporarily reconnected it to the Pacific Ocean. Scientists used the so-called “pulse flow” to study what plant and animal life returned to the desiccated delta along with water.
Aug. 3, 2021
Using Shoebox-Sized Satellites, ASU Tracks AZ Rivers
ASU researchers are using satellite technology to track the flow of the Hassayampa River, something that hasn’t been possible using traditional methods such as gauging stations.
Aug. 2, 2021

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