Arizona Science Desk


Digital footprint can lead to data breaches
More than 2 billion data records containing usernames and passwords were compromised in 2021. That’s up 35% percent from the previous year, according to identity software firm ForgeRock.
July 25, 2022
Review: Depression not caused by serotonin imbalance
A comprehensive review of antidepressant research suggests depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance, and raises questions about what the drugs really do.
July 25, 2022
mRNA vaccines protect from COVID three times longer
Vaccines are locked in an endless arms race with viruses, as illustrated by omicron’s knack for breakthrough infections. As the White House weighs summer boosters, a new study explores how long coronavirus inoculations last.
July 25, 2022
Wildfires have lasting effects on drinking supply long after they’re put out
Even months after a wildfire is extinguished, it can have lingering effects on the water supply that flows to home faucets.
July 24, 2022
The language we all speak: baby talk
More than 7,000 languages are spoken globally. But recent research suggests there’s one dialect most of us share: baby talk
July 22, 2022
Colorado River Basin states must adopt a water conservation plan soon, or the government will step in
The clock is ticking for the seven Colorado River Basin states to come up with a plan to dramatically reduce their water usage.
July 22, 2022
Childhood vaccinations reach historic lows
New data from the World Health Organization and UNICEF shows childhood vaccinations have sunk to their lowest level in three decades. In Arizona, many schools are now vulnerable to potential measles outbreaks — especially charter schools and higher-income districts.
July 21, 2022
Active monsoon season keeps dust, wildfires at bay
As Arizona hits the midway point of this year’s monsoon season, the active storms have tamped down other weather phenomena the state is used to in the summer months.
July 21, 2022
3 years into pandemic, AZ health care system still struggles to provide adequate services
With COVID-19 infection rates starting to creep back up, The Show wanted to check on the health of Arizona’s health care system.
July 21, 2022
This meteorite could shed light on Mars watery past
A fragment of a Martian meteorite found in 2011 is one of the oldest dated discoveries yet from the red planet. And it could provide insight on Mars' past and its possible similarities to Earth.
July 21, 2022
Navajo Nation may loosen restrictions even as COVID cases rise
The Navajo Nation has reported nearly 400 new COVID-19 infections since July 16, along with two deaths during that time.
July 20, 2022
Monkeypox spread, vaccine shortages indicates struggles of public health system
The number of monkeypox cases in Arizona recently reached double figures. To learn about the situation here, The Show spoke with infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Saskia Popescu.
July 20, 2022
Monkeypox vaccine distribution is an issue because of short supply
The number of monkeypox cases has risen as the demand for a vaccine to treat the virus has grown.
July 19, 2022
Arizona burn survivors summit Mount Kilimanjaro
Recovering from burn injuries is one of the most painful experiences a person can endure. But eight Arizona burn survivors have done what many couldn't do regardless: summit Mount Kilimanjaro.
July 19, 2022
Arizonas active 2022 monsoon season could give way to drier fall months
2022 has been an active monsoon season so far, especially compared to some of those in recent years. And, with us to talk about why that is, and what the rest of the season looks like is Matt Pace, meteorologist for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
July 18, 2022
Why the overturning of Roe v. Wade casts uncertainty over miscarriage treatment
The Supreme Court's upending of Roe v. Wade has many concerned not just about future abortion care, but miscarriage care, as well.
July 18, 2022
2 ASU experts join climate change national security panel
Climate change likely will spark a variety of national security challenges. Last week, two ASU experts joined a new national Climate Security Roundtable to assess and address those risks for the Climate Security Advisory Council.
July 18, 2022
Half of transgender patients leave home state for surgery
An Arizona law signed in March by Gov. Doug Ducey limits access to gender-affirming health care. Such restrictions may be among the reasons half of transgender patients in the U.S. leave their home states for surgery.
July 18, 2022
Some Phoenix-area hospitals are seeing more COVID-19 patients
As COVID-19 cases surge in Arizona, some hospitals around the Valley are seeing an increase in patients.
July 17, 2022
KJZZ series Every Last Drop tackles tough questions facing Arizonas water future
KJZZ has been looking at water in the Valley and the practical day-to-day impacts the current situation has on Arizonans in a series called “Every Last Drop.” KJZZ’s Katherine Davis-Young, Ron Dungan and Nicholas Gerbis tell The Show what they learned.
July 15, 2022