Science News

Bumble bees spend a considerable part of their days buzzing around in the quest for pollen. Although there are a couple of other categories of buzz, including when they’re searching for a mate or displaying aggression toward potential predators.
Sep. 23, 2016
The Flagstaff Festival of Science begins Friday and this year the theme is “the science of change.” Two local artists have teamed up to create a musical experience about wildfire and climate change.
Sep. 23, 2016
Thursday is the first day of fall, but with temperatures in the 90s it may not exactly feel like fall weather.
Sep. 22, 2016
Bullhead City sits on the Colorado River right near the junction of California, Nevada and Arizona and residents take pride in their river-front properties and parks. Swarms of caddisflies have invaded Bullhead City, and the new pest abatement manager is hoping to find out why.
Sep. 22, 2016
Two record-breaking lightning flashes have redefined what experts consider possible, and have prompted the World Meteorological Organization to recommend revising the definition of lightning events.
Sep. 21, 2016
If Yuma County is prepared for the Zika virus, it’s due in part to county officials’ experience with another mosquito-borne illness in 2014.
Sep. 21, 2016
Jobs that require some kind of computer knowledge are becoming more prevalent, but some educators worry about the training students are getting in computer science.
Sep. 20, 2016
The Arizona Family Health Partnership received a one-time grant of $248,626 to help educate healthcare providers here about prevention of Zika. They’re not talking about mosquito bites—they’re tackling the issue from the reproductive healthcare side.
Sep. 20, 2016
Chromium-6 is found in groundwater well sources in Phoenix, and could be a carcinogen when ingested. City officials say the report is misleading.
Sep. 20, 2016
A normal to above-normal monsoon season in 2016 has reduced drought conditions in much of Arizona. Climate forecasters are waiting to see if a La Niña phenomenon develops, which would bring drier conditions.
Sep. 20, 2016
Rising cyberattacks threaten everything from medical records to critical infrastructure. Now a lab at Arizona State University is spotting hacker activity before cyberattacks occur.
Sep. 19, 2016
As a University of Arizona spacecraft heads to an asteroid, the UA-based Catalina Sky Survey continues to identify new near-Earth objects. One whizzed by our planet on Sept. 7, two days after it was discovered.
Sep. 19, 2016
Here’s a health advisory you may not have expected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: don’t kiss your pet chicken.
Sep. 19, 2016
Arizona Department of Health Services Director Cara Christ said the season typically runs from October through April but there’s no way to stop it from starting earlier — or predicting its severity.
Sep. 19, 2016
Pluto’s largest moon Charon has a dark red splotch on its north pole. In a new study published in the journal Nature, a planetary scientist at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff explains why.
Sep. 17, 2016
The University of Arizona’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has opened its eyes and sent back images of stars as it begins its seven-year journey.
Sep. 16, 2016
A new study in the journal Nature found that Pluto is coloring the red poles of its moon Charon. It turns out, methane and other gases that escape from the dwarf planet are responsible for the effect.
Sep. 14, 2016
The University of Arizona’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is nearly a week into its seven-year journey, but a close call could have ended the mission before it launched from Cape Canaveral.
Sep. 14, 2016
Prairie dogs are everywhere in northern Arizona — and so is the plague. The flea-borne disease can destroy whole colonies of prairie dogs, and that has big consequences for ecosystems.
Sep. 13, 2016
A Canadian scientist is exploring the link between historical volcanic activity and the saguaro cactus population of Kofa National Wildlife Refuge near Yuma.
Sep. 12, 2016

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