Arizona Science Desk


Arizonas extreme heat could be a problem for electric car batteries
Electric vehicles are gaining popularity here and across the country. But as we watch the extreme heat in Arizona continue to break records — what does it do to the batteries that make them go?
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July 24, 2023
How faith-based groups are protecting people from the heat
The Show spoke with the Rev. Katie Sexton-Wood about how the Arizona Faith Network is working to create faith-based cooling centers.
July 24, 2023
AZs excessive heat continues to make U.S. headlines. Is there relief soon?
Matt Pace, a meteorologist for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, joined The Show to talk about what we can expect in the near future with weather.
July 24, 2023
Health department takes over funeral licensing, regulation
Last month, the Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers became part of the Arizona Department of Health Services. The department has announced it will oversee nearly 1,800 funeral-related licenses and provide related regulatory services.
July 24, 2023
New molecular atlas reveals cell neighborhoods
Tissues and organs function — or fail — thanks to the interactions of trillions of cells arranged in intricate patterns. Now, the NIH’s Human BioMolecular Atlas Program has released new maps and discoveries regarding cells in the human intestine, kidneys and maternal-fetal interface.
July 22, 2023
Alzheimers most prevalent in Yuma County, researchers say
The first-ever county-level estimates of the prevalence of Alzheimer's were released this week at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. The Arizona counties with the highest prevalence are in the southern part of the state.
July 21, 2023
Desert Botanical Garden studies effects of sauna on flora
The prolonged heat is taking an obvious toll on humans and animals. But what about plants? At the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, they’re watching the flora in the sauna closely.
July 21, 2023
Agave fiber dish scrubbers? This project is using bacanora byproducts in new ways
Throughout Mexico, agave plants are used to make distillates like tequila, mezcal and Sonora’s bacanora. But there are other products that can be made with the plants, too, and one group is using fiber from agave leaves to reduce waste and bring new income to rural communities.
July 21, 2023
Tiny, cross-border owl to get new federal protections
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has moved to get long-awaited federal protections for a tiny owl that lives on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
July 20, 2023
OSIRIS-REx team trains to retrieve asteroid sample
University of Arizona researchers are part of the team making sure that everything in the OSIRIS-REx mission to retrieve ancient rock samples goes right.
July 17, 2023
Its hot again in AZ. The national media is freaking out
The Show spoke with Hank Stephenson, co-founder of the Arizona Agenda, about the heat that comes with an Arizona summer.
July 17, 2023
How extreme heat in Arizona affects public health
The Show spoke with Will Humble, executive director for the Arizona Public Health Association, about how extreme heat changes the game.
July 17, 2023
Study: Racial disparities in treatment for people with suicidal ideation
The Show spoke with James Cunningham, a professor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, about his research on the racial disparities in deaths by suicide.
July 17, 2023
Prepare for monsoon power outages, Phoenix Emergency Office says
Phoenix’s monsoon season has been off to a slow start, but the National Weather Service projects slightly increased chances for storm activity over the next two weeks.
July 17, 2023
Survey examines how often we fall for misinformation
Dangerous political divisions are being fueled by misinformation and a lack of basic scientific understanding. A recent survey of more than 500 U.S. adults aimed to find out more about the root causes, and possible solutions.
July 17, 2023
CDC: Marijuana sends more kids to emergency room
Healthcare data tie the coronavirus pandemic to increased substance use among young people. That includes cannabis. But a new CDC reports also shows that emergency department visits related to cannabis began ramping up years before COVID.
July 14, 2023
SRP wants more AI cameras to detect wildfires early
The Salt River Project is testing out an AI program to minimize the spread of wildfires. It detects smoke up to 10 miles away, sends an alert to first responders and directs them exactly where to find it within minutes.
July 13, 2023
Chromium on Mercury hints at planet’s offbeat chemistry
Unlike most inner planets, Mercury formed under low-oxygen conditions. Now, new analysis of data from NASA’s MESSENGER mission paints a fuller picture of how the innermost planet evolved. The key is chromium, an element that readily reacts to oxygen and therefore hints at how much was present during Mercury’s development.
July 13, 2023
Heat-related hospital visits are on the rise in metro Phoenix
Daytime highs in Phoenix have been at or above 110 degrees for two weeks now. That’s leading to an increase in heat-related hospital visits in Maricopa County.
July 13, 2023
Reporter finds labor, safety concerns as TSMC rushes to build chip plants in Phoenix
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is spending $40 billion on projects expected to be a boon for national security and the Arizona economy. But a reporter for the American Prospect found underlying safety concerns and labor disagreements at the site.
July 13, 2023