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Starbucks made headlines recently when the company announced it would stop using plastic straws in its 28,000 stores around the world by 2020. The city of Seattle’s ban on plastic straws just went into effect this month, and McDonald’s is phasing them out in stores in the UK, Ireland and Australia.
Jul. 24, 2018
Many of the statistics about autism spectrum disorder, as well as interventions, are focused on children. But, a researcher at ASU is looking into how autism affects people as they get older and how that compares with people without the disorder.
Jul. 24, 2018
The Pulse: Playing Video Games When You Can’t See The Screen
Think about what it’s like to play a racing game, like Need for Speed. Now imagine doing all that without seeing the screen. Software engineer Karen Stevens says blind gamers explained to her how they do it.
Jul. 24, 2018
While most Americans agree that there should be some restrictions when it comes to people with certain mental illnesses or those on federal watch lists, less attention is being paid to those with dementia.
Jul. 23, 2018
Efforts to clean up the air in the northwestern U.S. over the past 30 years have periodically been hobbled by smoke from larger and more frequent wildfires, driven in part by climate change.
Jul. 23, 2018
There’s A Domestic War Raging Right Now — Against A Plant
The enemy is tamarisk, a small tree with a prehistoric look to it — tall, with scaly leaves and tiny pink flowers. It looks delicate, but the kind of delicate that makes it indestructible, like if it got stepped on by a dinosaur, it might bounce right back up.
Jul. 22, 2018
Which came first; a teenager nose-deep in a smartphone or the ADHD diagnosis? It’s the modern-day version of the chicken and the egg — and it’s the reason researchers at the University of Southern California studied over 2,000 teenagers for two years.
Jul. 20, 2018
Young people are showing signs of high blood pressure less frequently, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study focused on youth ages 12 to 19 in the united states between 2001 and 2016.
Jul. 20, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1 in 9 adults, age 45 and older experienced confusion or memory loss — and is one of the earliest noticeable symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Jul. 20, 2018
A variety of questions related to climate change have been posed for nearly a century, though intense controversy regarding whether it’s created by humans was sparked much more recently.
Jul. 20, 2018
A new study is finding that ozone concentrations in national parks are similar to those of our country's major metropolitan areas. Researchers found that on days with higher ozone levels, visitor numbers dropped.
Jul. 19, 2018
Climate has always been one of Arizona’s selling points, but this time of year, it can feel like more of a downside. There are efforts to deal with the heat and, in some cases, reverse the warming trends.
Jul. 19, 2018
In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 into space, the first satellite to orbit the earth. The success triggered the Space Race and ushered in a wave of investment by the U.S. into science and technology. Now, we need another “Sputnik Moment” according to Robert Manning.
Jul. 19, 2018
The Pulse: A Different Tune
Music touches nearly every part of our lives. On this episode, we explore the science and power of music — what does research tell us about this emotionally moving force? Can scientists tap into our love for music to help us lead better lives?
Jul. 19, 2018
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neuro-degenerative disease, affecting a high percentage of people over the age of 65. Researchers at the University of Arizona are hoping that by re-purposing an existing drug, they can help more Parkinson’s patients.
Jul. 18, 2018
When heat waves roll in, attention turns to the physical health of children and the elderly. But a new study reveals that extreme heat can also reduce the mental performance of college students.
Jul. 18, 2018
Two Guys On Your Head: Why Flip-Flopping Isn
In this week's edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why flip-flopping is seen as a negative thing, and how re-framing it could help you do better work and overcome your fear of changing your mind.
Jul. 18, 2018
The destructive progression of Alzheimer’s disease follows the growth and spread of toxic protein clumps in the brain. Now, researchers have wound back the clock to see how these masses get started.
Jul. 17, 2018
Rainfall in parts of southern and central Yavapai County has been ongoing for several days. Robert Rickey from the National Weather Service said saturated soil increases the potential for flash floods, especially in areas burned by wildfires.
Jul. 17, 2018
A new report shows Arizona is generating a lot more renewable energy than it did a decade ago. In fact, the state could power 658,000 homes today using renewables. In addition to that, California is the only state growing in solar generation at a faster rate than Arizona.
Jul. 17, 2018

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