Science News

After nine years and more than 500,000 stars observed, NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel and is embarking on a well-earned retirement.
Oct. 30, 2018
Research shows that sleep helps people of all ages learn and remember, but questions remain as to how. Now, a study in the journal “PNAS” suggests that naps might not benefit everyone equally.
Oct. 30, 2018
The director of Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center at the University of Arizona said the grant will allow researchers to examine the Southwest’s most pressing issues with regard to climate change.
Oct. 30, 2018
Gov. Brewer's call to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act led to a contentious special session in which legislative Democrats and a handful of Republicans, agreed to the plan. The Show has a few perspectives on the expansion's five-year anniversary.
Oct. 29, 2018
The Pulse: Carbon Sequestration To Fight Global Warming
Do we take radical measures to slow down global warming? Or do we hold on to our way of life, and figure out a way to adapt to what’s coming? On this episode of The Pulse, we hear about climate action proposals — like carbon sequestration — that could help us brace for the future.
Oct. 29, 2018
The cost of long-term care is going up according to a report by Genworth, an insurance company. The company has been looking at long term care costs for 15 years, and the numbers indicate that growing old can be costly.
Oct. 26, 2018
With the World Series in full swing, the subject of fair calls is top-of-mind for every fan of the Great American Pastime. But a new study suggests the umpire might not be as blind as some fans would like to believe.
Oct. 25, 2018
Among the sandy beaches, nature trails and camping sites, Windsor Beach at Lake Havasu State Park also contains artifacts of great archaeological importance — or so says a former Arizona State Parks and Trails compliance watchdog.
Oct. 25, 2018
Scientists have observed a young red dwarf star emitting a massive radiation burst called a superflare. Among the most intense stellar flares ever observed in ultraviolet light, the burst pumped out more energy than the strongest solar flare ever recorded.
Oct. 24, 2018
The artificial intelligence that guides self-driving cars will need to clear moral guidelines on how to make life-or-death decisions. But can we all agree on what those rules should be? A new study tried to find out.
Oct. 24, 2018
Two Guys on Your Head: Metaphors And Framing Discourse
Many times we use metaphors not only to illustrate what we are talking about but also to denote that we belong in a certain group. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of metaphors and framing discourse.
Oct. 24, 2018
Cannabis Case Leaves Arizona Dispensaries And Patients In Limbo
The arrest of a medical marijuana patient in Arizona has sparked a legal fight that could criminalize thousands of patients and businesses. It's now headed for the state's highest court.
Part 1: Concern And Confusion → | Part 2: One Man's Arrest
Oct. 23, 2018
The Arizona Department of Health Services cancelled a vaccination education program after getting hit with backlash from parents who don’t immunize their school-age children. Arizona was one of only three states piloting this program.
Oct. 22, 2018
A new study in the journal Nature Geoscience reports that briny waters near the surface of Mars could support oxygen-breathing microbes and even simple multicellular life, such as sponges. The results could also explain how oxidized rocks found by Mars rovers might have formed under current conditions.
Oct. 22, 2018
Four congressional candidates answered questions about the climate at town hall hosted by climate advocacy group Defend Our Future at ASU on Thursday.
Oct. 18, 2018
What are some possible uses for tape? Did constructing a playground come to mind? Eric Lennartson and a team of volunteers spent hours at the Arizona Science Center passing rolls of tape around and around to create tunnels big enough for people to climb through.
Oct. 18, 2018
A team of archaeologists recently discovered the remains of a 10-year-old at an ancient burial site in Italy. And the materials found nearby, along with evidence found on the child, indicate residents took action to keep the child from returning from the dead and spreading malaria.
Oct. 18, 2018
For four decades, the northern edge of the tropics has expanded faster than expected, and no one knows exactly why. Now, an 800-year tree-ring study offers new insights into our climate past – and our climate-change future.
Oct. 17, 2018
There are a lot of ideas for ways to deal with the urban heat island in Phoenix. But here’s one you probably haven’t thought of: a series of pieces of rope hanging over streets or green spaces.
Oct. 17, 2018
Earlier this year, an E. coli outbreak was linked to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma. The CDC says the pathogen affected more than 200 people. As the new growing season is getting underway, we wanted to check in to see how that outbreak is impacting what farmers are doing now.
Oct. 17, 2018

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