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Phoenix Looking To Trees — And Buildings — For More Shade To Cool The City
Phoenix’s new Tree and Shade and Urban Heat Island Subcommittee will look at how well the city’s tree and shade master plan is being implemented and whether they can benchmark progress on the plan — to get 25 percent of the city under natural or constructed shade.
Sep. 3, 2018
It’s almost impossible to determine exactly how many single-use plastic straws are used every day, and even harder to determine just how many end up in the ocean.
Sep. 3, 2018
The Pulse: Science At Work
It’s Labor Day, which means we’re celebrating the hard-working people who keep the engines of productivity humming. On this episode, we’ll explore how science and technology are changing work and workplaces, and what we are learning about the pitfalls of different work environments.
Sep. 3, 2018
Human hearing is a marvel of nature; but like all senses, it can be fooled. Yet auditory illusions have much to teach us about music, evolution and the brain.
Aug. 30, 2018
The monsoon storms in the Valley bring walls of dust then sheets of rain. And then comes the smell. It’s like the whole desert takes a deep breath and opens up. The distinct smell of creosote fills the air.
Aug. 29, 2018
Two Guys On Your Head: Why Not All Praise Is Created Equal
Praise always feels good to hear, but not all praise motivates us to try new things, challenge ourselves or deal with failure. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss how to praise in a productive and meaningful way.
Aug. 29, 2018
Mesa city council approved an ordinance Monday regulating a new type of business that offers cash for old electronics.
Aug. 28, 2018
The Pulse: Sending
Kumiko Kawasaki may never really know where exactly it happened — maybe on her kids’ favorite playground in Berkeley, California, or maybe at school —but somewhere along the way, her two children caught hand, foot and mouth disease. Three times.
Aug. 28, 2018
Is There Water Left To Be Developed In The Colorado River Basin?
The Colorado River is running low on water. The lifeline that slakes the thirst of 40 million southwestern residents is projected to hit a historic low mark within two years, forcing mandatory cuts to water deliveries in Arizona, Nevada and Mexico.
Aug. 28, 2018
Solar shade structures — you’ve probably seen them in parking lots across the Valley, providing shade for cars while also producing energy. To find out more about them, The Show met up with Bob Boscamp in a parking lot on the north side of Sun Devil Stadium.
Aug. 27, 2018
Twitter can sometimes turn into a place where posters feel comfortable writing offensive or bullying language in fewer than 140 characters — and the responses shouting those commenters down can come just as swiftly.
Aug. 27, 2018
The Pulse: Hospital Alarms Sound Mostly Without Real Cause
Medical devices monitoring patients send off alerts when something is not quite right. Nurses hear them their sleep. For patients, they can be terrifying. But the thing is, the vast majority of these alarms are unnecessary.
Aug. 27, 2018
OSIRIS-REx Captures First Images Of Bennu
University of Arizona scientists are getting their first look at the asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. The images were taken last week by the UA camera package on board the spacecraft on its way to a soil-sampling rendezvous with Bennu in July 2020.
Aug. 27, 2018
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation forecast a 57 percent chance of a shortage in the Lower Basin in 2020. That’s up from earlier projections. If that happens Arizona would face cutbacks in its supply of Colorado River water stored in Lake Mead.
Aug. 24, 2018
Palo verde trees are native to Arizona, so why do they break during monsoon storms? One KJZZ listener said they’ve lost two trees in the past three years, and asked us to look into it. The answer? Treat your palo verde trees like wild plants and they'll be stronger.
Aug. 24, 2018
There is a growing body of research that suggests we deeply depend on following the circadian code inside our bodies.
Aug. 24, 2018
The World Health Organization this week reported cases of measles have hit a record high in the European region. The WHO says more than 41,000 people have been infected in the first half of the year.
Aug. 24, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced more teens are up to date on their HPV vaccinations.
Aug. 23, 2018
The Takeaway: Fake News on Social Media — From Iran?
On Tuesday, Facebook and Twitter purged hundreds of suspicious accounts masquerading as news outlets and other social media personas with ties to Iran and Russia.
Aug. 23, 2018
Virtual reality is making its way out of tech niches and into the mainstream. Walmart might soon let you shop in VR, you can play VR games or even watch VR movies. And now the Phoenix Art Museum is launching its first ever virtual reality exhibit.
Aug. 23, 2018

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