Science News

Charlie Walker
Oro Valley resident Charlie Walker is a self-described child of the space age. He grew up watching the first satellites being launched and set his sights on working in the space program.
Apr. 26, 2017
Border's New Boundaries
President Trump hits his first 100 days in office this week. It’s been a tumultuous stride towards one of his primary goals: how to manage the U.S.-Mexico border, even as the biggest project – paying for a border wall – threatens to cause a government shutdown. The Border’s New Boundaries series begins with a report on a federal project involving not concrete border walls but digital ones.
Apr. 25, 2017
Solar Panel
Could the Trump administration’s plans for a border wall be turned into a project providing security, jobs and clean energy?
Apr. 24, 2017
Public schools in Arizona are not allowed to have inhalers on-hand to treat students experiencing an asthma attack. But that’s about to change.
Apr. 24, 2017
Biosphere 2
This is a big year for Biosphere 2, the futuristic-looking campus northeast of Tucson. It’s been 10 years since the University of Arizona re-purchased it from Columbia University.
Apr. 21, 2017
Tucson Fire Department logo
The Tucson Fire Department is dealing with a tragedy. Last week one of their own committed a murder-suicide at a popular Tucson mall, shocking many of his fellow firefighters.
Apr. 21, 2017
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Saturday will bring a series of gatherings around the country that will, at least in part, focus on concerns about how the Trump administration is acting when it comes to climate change and other areas of science.
Apr. 21, 2017
Car Technology
The goal is starting in 2021, every new car will have sensors and local traffic signals that could be talking to a car on a road near you.
Apr. 20, 2017
A large asteroid discovered at Mount Lemmon’s observatory will approach Earth next week, an opportunity that could provide clues to the space rock’s density and physical properties, its discoverer said.
Apr. 17, 2017
Hearing you need a colonoscopy is something people over age 50 dread. A University of Arizona team is working to improve the results from these tests.
Apr. 17, 2017
Saguaro National Park
National Park Week kicks off this weekend, and in celebration all national parks all across the country are offering free admission Saturday and Sunday.
Apr. 14, 2017
Dental chair
A report from the Goldwater Institute finds almost 2.5 million Arizonans are living in areas designated as dental health professional shortage areas. It advocates for allowing dental therapists as a way to bring that number down.
Apr. 14, 2017
Access to safe, clean drinking water is a challenge in many parts of the world. But a Scottsdale company says it can pull that scarce resource right out of the air.
Apr. 14, 2017
Optimal Robotics Team
Students from Tucson’s Palo Verde High Magnet School will head to Houston next week to put the robot they built to the test against others from around the world.
Apr. 14, 2017
Shiprock High School
As the tech sector continues to expand in the valley, a growing number of high schools are upping their game with computer science class, going beyond just typing, to cover everything from CSS to the basics of JavaScript. At Shiprock High School on the Navajo Nation officials are trying the same thing.
Apr. 14, 2017
Coding Club
It’s no secret that the tech sector in the U.S. lacks diversity. Industry leaders have been working for years to make sure their staff better reflects the general population. So far, they’ve come up short. But one high school on the Navajo Nation is hoping to at least make a dent in those statistics.
Apr. 13, 2017
Lisa Gunter
Shelters in our community do good work rescuing and adopting out dogs, but they can be extremely stressful environments for the animals. So when someone comes to see if they might want to adopt them, it can be difficult to get a good read of whether that dog is a good match.
Apr. 12, 2017
Colorado River
An environmental group says the Lower Colorado faces threat from an incomplete water shortage plan and proposed federal budget cuts.
Apr. 12, 2017
Arizona Desert Grasslands
One year ago, Arizona was in the midst of a persistent drought. Fast forward to now, and three-quarters of the state has greatly improved conditions.
Apr. 11, 2017
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The city monitored the consistently-low enrollment each semester at Trine University's satellite campus when the school said it was closing June 12.
Apr. 10, 2017