Science News

Tucson police officers
About 400 Tucson police officers will soon carry the Narcan, a drug that can help stop an opioid overdose, in their first-aid kits, and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said Monday the antidote will save lives.
Nov. 21, 2016
Researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and the Banner Sun Health Research Institute have isolated genetic changes that could help detect Alzheimer’s disease early — and offer potential treatment targets.
Nov. 21, 2016
monarch butterfly
Within the past two decades, the North American monarch butterfly population has plummeted. To aid in its recovery, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently awarded $3 million in grants to various programs, including one in Arizona.
Nov. 21, 2016
desert bighorn sheep
State wildlife officials will no longer kill mountain lions that prey on the population of reintroduced bighorn sheep in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson.
Nov. 18, 2016
University of Arizona is giving students the chance to take science lab classes without ever setting foot in a lab. Classes being offered at UA Online Science Academy will include biology, chemistry, physiology, space, atmospheric and environmental sciences.
Nov. 18, 2016
zika map
So far, 47 cases have been reported in Arizona between Jan, 1, 2015, and Nov. 16, 2016. All are travel-associated. Only Florida has seen locally acquired transmissions of the virus.
Nov. 18, 2016
worker puts vials of mosquitoes
Whether or not the public is focused on a dangerous mosquito-borne illness, people still fan out across the country every day, collecting thousands of mosquitoes and testing them, to keep the public safe.
Nov. 17, 2016
Santa Cruz River
Scientists last week conducted a survey, but it had nothing to do with public opinion — it had to do with fish. They were trying to figure out how many fish, and how many species are in the flowing stretch of the Santa Cruz River in the Tucson area.
Nov. 17, 2016
Workers install solar panels
Donald Trump’s victory and the impending Republican majority in Congress means the Obama administration’s initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Clean Power Plan, is almost certainly in jeopardy.
Nov. 17, 2016
Mars has been the place that people from multiple nations and representing many age groups have dreamed about going to.
Nov. 16, 2016
Sonoran Institute logo
After Election Day, Sonoran Institute CEO Stephanie Sklar wrote the 2016 presidential election makes her group’s work more relevant than ever.
Nov. 15, 2016
cotton crop
By designating Graham County a primary natural disaster area, local farmers are eligible for low-interest loans from the farm service agency to recover losses.
Nov. 15, 2016
supermoon storify screen shot
Did you catch this week's "supermoon?" If you didn't, don't worry — Arizona Twitter users have you covered. Check out a collection of photos (and a couple videos) shot from all over Arizona.
Nov. 15, 2016
La Nina pattern
It will be a warm and dry winter according to the National Weather Service. As the water temperature in the central Pacific Ocean remains slightly higher than normal, meteorologists predict a weak La Niña conditions for the Southwest.
Nov. 12, 2016
supermoon in 2014
An unusually bright “supermoon” will appear in the sky Sunday night and Monday morning. There are usually several supermoons each year. This one is special.
Nov. 10, 2016
TGen logo
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) has identified drug targets that could one day make pancreatic cancer less painful — and more survivable.
Nov. 9, 2016
Frozen strawberries are being recalled nationwide for being contaminated with hepatitis A.
Nov. 8, 2016
Glen Canyon Dam at night
An experimental release of water begins Monday at Glen Canyon Dam. The artificial flood will rebuild sandbars and improve wildlife habitat on the Colorado River.
Nov. 7, 2016
guayule plant
For decades, industries using rubber have looked for alternatives to supplement and back up their supply. Bridgestone Tires says a desert shrub could be the answer, and the company may grow and process the plants in southwest Arizona.
Nov. 3, 2016
Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area
Sandhill cranes are making a repeat appearance this year thanks to a webcam managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Nov. 2, 2016