Arizona Science Desk


COVID-19 transmission is still high in Arizona
COVID-19 remains widespread in Arizona. The state health department this week is reporting 74 deaths from the virus and more than 15,000 new infections.
Aug. 3, 2022
NASA scientists memoir explores childhood trauma
Lindy Elkins-Tanton did not always want to be a scientist. But today, she is one of the nation’s leading planetary scientists and the second woman ever to be awarded a major NASA space exploration contract.
Aug. 3, 2022
New images from Webb Telescope reveal more detail on Cartwheel Galaxy
A little less than a month after NASA released its first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, the agency has unveiled new images showing a far-off galaxy in the shape of a wheel.
Aug. 2, 2022
What Arizonans can do to help save the monarch butterfly
Monarchs might be the most iconic of butterflies — the ones that come to mind when you think about our fluttery friends. But the plant they need to live is in decline.
Aug. 2, 2022
Proposed system could predict flash droughts by weeks or months
Climate change is expected to worsen water shortages, including short-lived, hard-to-predict flash droughts. New research proposes a global early warning system that could help farmers save their crops.
Aug. 1, 2022
New prostate cancer treatment could change the game for other illnesses
Prostate cancer patients have a new treatment, and Dr. Phillip Koo says lots of patients will qualify to use it.
Aug. 1, 2022
More supported harassing health officials as pandemic wore on, research shows
Attacks on public health officials reached new highs during the COVID-19 pandemic and helped drive a mass exodus across state and local health departments. Research shows that, as the pandemic wore on, even former allies began to support harassment and threats.
July 30, 2022
UA scientist helps prove COVID-19 came from animals
New research reveals insight into the origins of COVID-19 and the subsequent pandemic that encompassed the globe.
July 29, 2022
Valley organizations team up to support Native American caregivers through music
One in 3 Native American elders will develop Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. But accessing resources can be difficult for families, especially in tribal communities in rural parts of the state.
July 29, 2022
Extreme heat worsens mental health conditions
The past seven years have been the warmest on record, and climate change promises more extreme weather events to come. Research shows high heat can harm physical well-being, but what about mental health?
July 28, 2022
Health survey shows COVID-19 impacts on community
More than 14,000 people participated in a Maricopa County Department of Public Health survey on the impacts of COVID-19 and other pandemic concerns.
July 28, 2022
Health department encourages vaccines, boosters as COVID wave continues
COVID-19 cases have plateaued at a high level in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Health Services added 17,249 new cases and 70 deaths to its dashboard in its weekly update Wednesday.
July 27, 2022
The Village Auntie is helping Muslims talk about sex
Angelica Lindsey-Ali, also known as the Village Auntie, has become known for her no-holds-barred approach to talking about sex, often in the context of her own religion, Islam.
July 27, 2022
Monkeypox cases are on the rise in Maricopa County
The number of confirmed monkeypox cases in Maricopa County is on the rise. As of Monday, there were 24 confirmed cases and 14 probable. So what does this mean?
July 27, 2022
As wildfires become inevitable, a Flagstaff hotshot calls for more active management
Flagstaff recently experienced two large wildfires — what hotshot firefighter Mark Adams calls “career fires.” And he argues that it’s a matter of when, not if, they’ll significantly damage the city’s iconic landscapes.
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July 26, 2022
Key Alzheimer’s research may stem from faked data
An investigation published in the journal Science finds strong signs that a key area of Alzheimer’s disease research might stem from fraudulent results. The alleged fabrications may have sent research and funding down a false trail for 16 years.
July 25, 2022
Study: Even with insurance, pregnancy costs thousands
Health care costs have been going up in recent years. And a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that is no different for pregnancy.
July 25, 2022
This marine biologist wants to change how you feel about sharks
Pop culture has entrenched the idea of dangerous, bloodthirsty sharks into many of our minds. But marine biologist David Shiffman wants to change that perception.
July 25, 2022
California wants to lower insulin prices by making its own
California wants to lower costs for its residents by making and distributing its own insulin. Officials in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration have told Angela Hart of Kaiser Health News they believe that would lead to the price of insulin falling “significantly,” and would be widely available within two to three years.
July 25, 2022
Climate change could make wet ecosystems act more like dry ones
A new paper says global warming and drying trends can make wetter ecosystems act more like dry ones. The authors argue ecosystem models need to reflect such possibilities.
July 25, 2022