The Arizona Science Desk team has spent the past year reporting on science, technology, health and innovation around the state. Here's a look back at the three most-viewed stories on science.kjzz.org in 2015.
Chemical deicer is commonly used to keep roads clear of snow and ice, and it makes travel safer. But it also kills ponderosa pines. The city of Flagstaff found that out when they experimented with deicer a few years ago.
Scientists at Northern Arizona University are studying an anthrax outbreak among heroin users in Europe. More than 100 people fell ill with “injectional anthrax” in Scotland in 2009 and 2010, and sporadic cases continue throughout Europe.
In early December, a cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station. Inside was the usual compliment of supplies and experiments, but also a handful of children's books including Mousetronaut and Mousetronaut Goes to Mars by retired astronaut and Tucson resident Mark Kelly.
Cell growth, including cancer growth, has long been thought of physically connected cells growing together. Now, new cell modeling from ASU mathematicians suggests cells move and grow independently, like a flock of birds.