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Even after a pedestrian was tragically killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle, the Phoenix area continues to be a major focus of the driverless car industry. But for many, the Valley’s car culture is so ingrained that it’s hard to imagine a time when we just have autonomous cars everywhere.
Jul. 17, 2018
The Pulse: Same Genes, Different Tastes
Comparing identical and fraternal twins gives scientists clues as to which tastes are determined mostly by genetics, and which ones are shaped by environment.
Jul. 17, 2018
Rain may ease fire restrictions, but a new study shows the Grand Canyon National Park is the most dangerous for lightning strikes right now.
Jul. 16, 2018
In The Desert City Of Tucson, The Grass Is Not Greener
Tucson, Arizona, used to be a city of lawns. Patches of Bermuda grass lined residential neighborhoods, kept green — even in blazing summer months — with diligent watering. Over the decades, that has changed.
Jul. 16, 2018
For people suffering from Tullio phenomena, a sound, a song or even a cough can cause dizziness, vertigo, nausea and involuntary eye movements. A new study explains the process behind the problem.
Jul. 16, 2018
OSIRIS-REx Due To Begin Asteroid Operations Soon
The spacecraft will start the approach phase of its journey to collect soil from the asteroid Bennu. UA mission planners expect to receive their first photos of Bennu from OSIRIS-REx Aug. 17. At that time, the spacecraft will be 2 million kilometers, or 1.2 million miles, away from its target.
Jul. 13, 2018
The opioid crisis has been devastating to a generation of Americans. In Arizona alone, 790 people died of opioid overdoses in 2016. But what about the effects on their children? What do we know about their life trajectory and how it affects their development and cognitive skills?
Jul. 13, 2018
Hackers Take Aim At State, Including Elections
Arizona's sensitive databases are under constant cyberattack, state officials say. "As a state, we get attacked about 8.5 million times a month," said Mike Lettman, co-chair of the Arizona Cybersecurity Team.
Jul. 13, 2018
In 2014, 1.4 million Americans lived in a long-term care facility, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Long-term care is a growing business, and families who rely on that care, often assume that every need is being met, and most of the time, it is. However, there are a few cracks in the system.
Jul. 13, 2018
Ten years ago, the App Store icon debuted on the iPhone. At the time there were 500 apps total. Today, there are more than two million apps available.
Jul. 12, 2018
Think back to the last time you went to the doctor. It’s becoming more and more likely that you didn’t actually see a doctor. Nurse practitioners now have full practice authority in 22 states around the country.
Jul. 12, 2018
Once a wildfire is contained, one of the biggest efforts is to re-vegetate the area that was burned. Researchers at Northern Arizona University have received a nearly $1 million federal grant to look at how climate change may affect that work.
Jul. 11, 2018
The Takeaway: How Police Use The Only Thing You Can
The Golden State Killer was found by officials thanks, in part, to DNA data held by a private company. But this brought about more questions of the authorities' use of DNA: through a subpoena, can officials access people's DNA data?
Jul. 11, 2018
Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. Now, an Arizona State University study shows how newborn Gila monsters take that sentiment to a new level.
Jul. 10, 2018
Think back to your high school science class. What do you remember? Dissecting frogs? Mixing chemicals in test tubes? Memorizing diagrams and formulas? Maybe a trip to the planetarium? Now imagine trying to learn all of that if you can’t see.
Jul. 10, 2018
Heavy rain early in the week and more moisture in the forecast led officials to confidently open the northern Arizona forest, while in southern Arizona "dry lightening" poses a risk.
Jul. 10, 2018
In the 1960s, many astronauts were household names — think Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn. But today, NASA astronauts are largely anonymous, and it’s the people funding space travel that are more well-known like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
Jul. 9, 2018
We’ve all heard the old adage “timing is everything.” Well, Daniel Pink would agree. But he says the science of timing is something we don't pay attention to often enough.
Jul. 9, 2018
What’s the most important test in health that no one talks about? KJZZ medical commentator, Dr. Joseph Sirven, answers.
Jul. 9, 2018
Heat is killing more people in the United States every year. And as temperatures rise with climate change, that’s only forecast to get worse. In Phoenix, the problem is especially pressing and the city's trying to do something about it.
Dealing With Arizona Heat: Signs And Symptoms Of Dehydration
Jul. 9, 2018

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