Science News

warm fire
Human-induced climate change has doubled forest fire damage in the West over the past 30 years, says a study published online early by the journal PNAS. But human effects on fire extend far beyond climate.
Oct. 17, 2016
Stephan’s riffle beetle
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared an insect once found in Madera Canyon south of Tucson extinct — one of about 200 species of animals, plants, and insects that disappear every day.
Oct. 17, 2016
record high in Phoenix for Oct. 17
Valley temperatures have soared above 90 degrees for 13 consecutive days so far this month. It’s far from the hottest October on record, though.
Oct. 17, 2016
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control added Mexico to its list of countries that have active Zika virus transmission. Most of the cases were in southern Mexico, but as of last month that changed.
Oct. 14, 2016
Mexican gray wolf
Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat, has protested what he calls a Republican mythology about management of endangered wolves. He said he wants to change the focus of the conversation.
Oct. 14, 2016
An infection normally found in hospitals might also be spread to humans by their dogs. That’s the finding of a Northern Arizona University team that collected canine fecal samples from all over Flagstaff.
Oct. 13, 2016
NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover
A Pima Community College event Saturday focusing on science, technology, engineering and math — known as STEM — will offer something for people of all ages, including a talk by an engineer on NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover mission.
Oct. 12, 2016
Arctic ground squirrel
Researchers from Northern Arizona University put tiny fitness trackers on arctic ground squirrels to track day-to-day movements. The results reveal how freezing weather and hungry babies shape their lives.
Oct. 11, 2016
Steward Observatory in 1928
A $60,000 gift to the University of Arizona 100 years ago started Tucson and southern Arizona on the path to world prominence in astronomy and related sciences. That legacy is about to be celebrated.
Oct. 10, 2016
pressure map
For the first time, scientists have used space-based radar to link wastewater pumping by the fossil fuel industry to earthquakes, according to Manoochehr Shirzaei of Arizona State University.
Oct. 10, 2016
The U.S. is using more drones and other programmed items to pursue adversaries and terrorists. That has some around the world getting worried about those AI weapons becoming fully autonomous.
Oct. 7, 2016
influenza virus
Planning on putting off getting the flu shot for a few more weeks? The head of the Arizona Department of Health says, don't wait.
Oct. 7, 2016
NAU's campus
Oct. 9 marks one year since four students were shot, one fatally, on Northern Arizona University’s Flagstaff campus. Now researchers are using the shooting as a case study to see if Twitter can reveal how communities respond to traumatic events.
Oct. 7, 2016
The Stephan's riffle beetle lived in two springs in Madera Canyon. The last one was seen in 1993.
Oct. 6, 2016
A Phoenix-based company called Somatic Labs has come up with what they consider to be an evolution of that kind of technology.
Oct. 6, 2016
arizona science standards website
For the first time in a dozen years, the Arizona Department of Education is looking to update the state's science standards.
Oct. 6, 2016
Peregrine Falcon
Have you ever seen a strange critter crawling across the floor you couldn’t identify? The Arizona Science Desk wants to help you get answers!
Oct. 6, 2016
Fossil Creek
The U.S. Forest Service has purchased the last parcel of private land along Fossil Creek in central Arizona. It’s one of only two rivers in the state with the National Wild and Scenic River designation. The purchase means the Forest Service can now manage the entire river corridor.
Oct. 6, 2016
Rain on a window
Now that the monsoon season is over, how did Arizona do? The answer, as usual, depends on where you live.
Oct. 5, 2016
Lake Powell
Economists have criticized a proposal to pipe Colorado River water 140 miles from Lake Powell to southern Utah. They say the preliminary financial plan has fatal flaws.
Oct. 5, 2016