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Storm Brings Heavy Snowfall To Flagstaff
Flagstaff saw its first snow storm this season on Wednesday. Payson, Prescott and Black Canyon City also experienced a cold front as rain continued to fall on the Phoenix area.
Nov. 20, 2019
Alzheimers Organizations Gather To Turn Arizona Capitol Purple
November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness month. And on Saturday, more than a dozen Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving organizations will gather at the state Capitol to help raise awareness about an illness that affects an estimated 140,000 Arizonans.
Nov. 20, 2019
NTSB Says Distracted Driver Caused Fatal Uber Crash
The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday condemned the lack of state and federal regulation for testing autonomous vehicles before finding that a distracted human safety driver was the main cause of a fatal 2018 Arizona crash involving an Uber vehicle.
Nov. 20, 2019
First Full Geologic Map Of Titan Reveals Moon Of Varied Landscapes
Saturn’s moon Titan is larger than the planet Mercury and is the only moon in the solar system with an atmosphere. Now, researchers have published the first complete geologic map of its surface.
Nov. 18, 2019
Study: Some Mexican Americans Screened Away From Medicare Advantage Plans
Multiple studies by researchers point to Medicare Advantage plan providers implementing tactics to attract healthier patients and dissuade those who might require more health services. A recent study suggests older Mexican Americans are being affected.
Nov. 18, 2019
Gel Measures Radiation Exposure During Treatment
Radiation therapy provides treatment and relief for many with cancers and other diseases. But too much radiation can cause serious illnesses or death. A new detector could offer a better way to monitor exposure. The research appears in the journal Science Advances.
Nov. 15, 2019
Arizona’s Tiny Pygmy Owl Has New Chance For Protection
The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday an Aug. 5, 2021, deadline is set for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide if the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl should be protected again as an endangered species.
Nov. 15, 2019
New Analysis Spells Out Serious Legal Risk To Colorado River Water Users
As climate change continues to sap the Colorado River’s water, some users face serious legal risks to their supplies, according to a new analysis by researchers in Colorado and New Mexico. Declining flows could force Southwest water managers to confront long-standing legal uncertainties, and threaten the water security of Upper Basin states of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico.
Nov. 14, 2019
NASAs Methane Emissions Study Identifies Top Polluters In CA
A few hundred sites in California are responsible for more than a third of the state's total methane emissions. Researchers believe data collected from the study might help mitigate future emissions.
Nov. 12, 2019
Some Worried About New Kids Dieting App
The company formerly known as Weight Watchers has rolled out a new app aimed at kids. Called Kurbo, the app will help children track what they eat, how much they exercise and how much weight they lose.
Nov. 11, 2019
Study: Arizona Military Base Will Be Hardest Hit By Climate Change
Over the next three decades, military bases in the contiguous U.S. could, on average, experience an extra month of dangerously hot days, according to a new study. The hardest hit base will be right here in Arizona. By midcentury, the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma will experience 117 days above a 100 degree Fahrenheit heat index.
Nov. 11, 2019
ASU Students Launch NASA-Funded CubeSat To Study Urban Heat Island
Students from Arizona State University have launched a small, NASA-funded research satellite to study the urban heat island in seven U.S. cities, including Phoenix.
Nov. 11, 2019
Study Investigates The Effects Of Screen Time On Children
Lots of parents debate how much screen time is appropriate for their kids, and worry about the effects too much screen time could have. Now, a new study provides some answers, as it relates to brain development.
Nov. 8, 2019
The Code: Book Delves Into The History Of Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley has been the subject of movies, TV shows and countless articles over the years, which highlight the technology that comes out of the community, but also the culture. Margaret O’Mara looked at the history of Silicon Valley in her new book, "The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America."
Nov. 8, 2019
Canal Convergence Brings International Art To Scottsdale
Friday evening, a 10-day celebration of water begins in downtown Scottsdale. Canal Convergence features public art installations from around the world, and on the first weekend of the event, attendees will be able to purchase beers made from recycled water from Scottsdale’s Advanced Water Treatment Plant. The theme of the event this year is “The Story of Water.”
Nov. 8, 2019
Rare Mutation In Alzheimer’s Disease Gene Could Inform Future Therapies
A rare mutation in a gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease could reduce or delay its effects, even in a population known for its high risk. The research could contribute to the development of gene or drug therapies.
Nov. 8, 2019
Heres How You Can Drink Beer Made With Recycled Water
Right now, one of the taps at Walter Station Brewery in Phoenix is serving a “unique” American pale ale. The ale was made from recycled water. The city of Scottsdale gave a bunch of craft breweries hundreds of gallons of recycled water and asked them to make a beer for this weekend’s Canal Convergence festival.
Nov. 7, 2019
Self-Driving Car That Killed Pedestrian Could Not Detect Jaywalkers
A report by the National Safety Transportation Board found that a self-driving Uber SUV was not programmed to detect jaywalkers when it hit and killed a woman who was crossing Mill Avenue in Tempe three years ago.
Nov. 7, 2019
How Climate Change Threatens National Security
Climate change has become a national security issue. The Pentagon acknowledges that flooding, drought and extreme storms can disrupt U.S. military capabilities and threaten military facilities worldwide.
Nov. 7, 2019
New Digital Medical Marijuana ID Cards On The Way
Beginning next month, Arizona will stop issuing physical cards for those who can buy medical marijuana. New cards will be sent as an image via email. The Arizona Legislature mandated the electronic registry card program earlier this year. ID cards cost $150 and are now good for two years instead of one.
Nov. 7, 2019

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