Science News

Fossil Creek
The U.S. Forest Service has invited the public to comment on a proposed plan to manage visitor access to Fossil Creek. It’s meant to protect the unique ecology of the popular swimming spot.
Jan. 6, 2017
Santa Cruz River
Don’t get out your rod and reel at this news, but there are fish in the Santa Cruz River! Yes, that mostly dry channel that cuts across central Tucson south to north.
Jan. 6, 2017
Artist’s conception of the Lucy
NASA’s Discovery Program has selected two projects, both with Arizona ties, to delve into the ancient history of the solar system. One craft, Psyche, will head to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The other, Lucy, will explore six asteroids that share an orbit with Jupiter. Scientists believe that the targets embody different aspects of early solar system history.
Jan. 5, 2017
lesser long-nosed bat
The tequila in your margarita may taste a bit sweeter now that an animal critical to its production may no longer be considered endangered.
Jan. 5, 2017
Blood is in short supply in Arizona and nationwide, and on Wednesday, the American Red Cross issued a statement calling for blood and platelet donations. Other blood centers are also concerned about shortages.
Jan. 4, 2017
mars Home Plate
What do Mars exploration and baseball history have in common? More than either seamheads or scientists may think.
Jan. 4, 2017
images of top science stories of 2016
The Arizona Science Desk team has spent the past year reporting on science, technology, health and innovation around the state.
Jan. 3, 2017
The U.S. Forest Service wants visitors to the Kaibab to snap photos of plants and animals and submit them to an online database. The project will run throughout 2017.
Jan. 3, 2017
NASA logo
A team of scientists led by researchers at ASU is hoping to get the go-ahead from NASA to fly a mission to an asteroid called Psyche. But this is no ordinary asteroid — scientists think it could help explain a lot about our own planet.
Dec. 29, 2016
OSIRIS-REx's main engine firing
The University of Arizona mission to bring back a sample from an asteroid fired its main engine in space for the first time Wednesday.
Dec. 29, 2016
Jupiter in December 2016
A Tucson-based planetary scientist wants the public's help in deciding where the Juno spacecraft's camera should be pointed on its next pass over Jupiter.
Dec. 28, 2016
Colorado River
Arizona’s top water official says a new Colorado River agreement with Mexico could be close.
Dec. 28, 2016
Genome Research journal cover
Researchers at Arizona State University have finished the largest-ever survey of microRNA, the puzzling little cousins of RNA that help regulate gene expression. The study could help clarify how microRNAs affect health and disease.
Dec. 28, 2016
McMurdo Scientific Station
A balloon-borne telescope flying above the South Pole will give a University of Arizona-led team a better understanding of what we’re made of.
Dec. 27, 2016
A University of Arizona study has found resting brain patterns of college-age endurance athletes differ from those of their healthy but less-active counterparts.
Dec. 26, 2016
Snow in Flagstaff
It was a white Christmas for those in Northern Arizona.
Dec. 26, 2016
Learn about some opportunities around Arizona and become a citizen scientist.
Dec. 23, 2016
master gardener
How to create a backyard oasis is the focus of a community program in Yuma. What began as an effort to help home gardeners has become a scientific resource for the community.
Dec. 23, 2016
Hundreds of people in Arizona voluntarily keep an eye on rainfall totals in their yards and report them to a database used by utilities, government agencies, gardeners, researchers, even weather geeks. Each rainlogger is a citizen scientist.
Dec. 22, 2016
A team of first responders, his own hockey club and a hospital collaboration are credited with saving the life of Tucson Roadrunners team captain Craig Cunningham after he collapsed on the ice before the start of a hockey game last month.
Dec. 21, 2016