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Bombardier beetle
The bombardier beetle is one of five fauna vying for top prize in a genome sequencing competition. It’s up against a dancing dingo, pink pigeon, sea slug and pit viper.
Mar. 27, 2017
rhizobacteria illustration
A particular kind of soil bacteria could help farmers produce food during droughts, according to Arizona ecologists.
Mar. 27, 2017
Mexican wolf
After 30-plus years of wrangling, wildlife managers have yet to agree on a revised recovery plan for the endangered Mexican wolf. As a November deadline looms, a study in the journal Biological Conservation offers guidance for finding common ground.
Mar. 24, 2017
Rita Stuckey
Some doctors are operating on hands in a new way: with the patient wide awake. It eliminates the risks and side effects of general anesthesia.
Mar. 23, 2017
Planetary Science Institute logo
Tucson planetary science researchers will help NASA plan future robotic and human missions to the moon and beyond. From the Arizona Science Desk, Sara Hammond reports.
Mar. 22, 2017
football player
In one five-year period, college athletes suffered more than 10,000 concussions — one-third of them while playing football. But an unusual team-up has recently brought a new kind of concussion test one step closer.
Mar. 21, 2017
adult Chiricahua leopard frog
By one conservative estimate, humans have sped up vertebrate species loss to 100 times the normal rate, and some scientists say the planet’s sixth mass extinction has already begun. But a little-known facility at the Phoenix Zoo is working to save what it can.
Mar. 20, 2017
A sign on the road to the border barrier
Wildlife experts say most animals don’t know how to get around barriers. That’s why a proposed uninterrupted wall along the U.S.-Mexican border worries wildlife experts.
Mar. 17, 2017
Dylan Neff and Corryn Cottrell
Snowflake is a small town in eastern Arizona. It’s got more deer and elk than people, and that can make it dangerous to navigate rural roads at night. That’s why students at Snowflake Junior High invented a system of flashing lights to warn drivers when a big animal is nearby.
Mar. 17, 2017
Greenhouses
The final event of an upcoming conference will see attendees sit down to a gourmet meal made entirely from food produced in controlled environments.
Mar. 15, 2017
Alfatoxins on an ear of corn
Arizona researchers have found a way to fight soil toxins that can infect corn crops and cause illness in people who consume them. The research gives corn its own defense mechanism.
Mar. 10, 2017
Female "computers" at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Boston-based author Nathalia Holt spent years tracking down and interviewing many of the women who worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, performing the mathematical computations that helped send rockets to the moon, Mars and beyond.
Mar. 9, 2017