Science News

ocelot in the Huachuca Mountains
Two environmental groups are asking a judge to block a federal agency from trapping and removing predators from certain areas of Arizona. They’re worried about the endangered ocelot.
Oct. 5, 2016
Jupiter's icy moon Europa and its complex terrain patterns
A thermal camera being built by Arizona State University, E-THEMIS, can identify areas where water on Jupiter’s moon Europa has recently come to the surface – prime candidates for further analysis by the mission's other instruments.
Oct. 3, 2016
Airborne Time Domain Electromagnetic Survey
The Bureau of Reclamation is charged with managing water — an important job in Yuma, where irrigation is key to the area’s agriculture industry. The Bureau’s Yuma Office recently conducted surveys to better understand the region’s groundwater.
Sep. 30, 2016
Southwestern willow flycatcher
Scientists have created the first map of the entire range of the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher. It shows the bird’s habitat is threatened by drought and exotic beetles.
Sep. 29, 2016
Kidenga app
The Zika virus has not been transmitted by mosquitoes in Arizona. Despite that, the University of Arizona’s college of public health has developed a smartphone application to help track insect-borne diseases.
Sep. 28, 2016
Bats in a mine
A lab at Northern Arizona University has developed a new way to identify rare and endangered bats — by extracting DNA from their droppings.
Sep. 28, 2016
Mike Foreman
A former NASA astronaut spoke Arizona Western College in Yuma recently to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM. The presentation revealed how tough a career in the sciences can be.
Sep. 27, 2016
star field in Taurus
For space exploration missions, the best word you can hear is nominal, meaning it is performing as it should be. The operation of the University of Arizona’s OSIRIS-Rex mission to an asteroid is being described in superlatives.
Sep. 26, 2016
A Mimbres pottery image
An Arizona State University program this semester will use veterans to archive digital archaeological data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Sep. 26, 2016
Leaf Beetle Larvae
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!
Sep. 26, 2016
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
Shawn Skabelund and Janice Chiang
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
fall leaves
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
Lightning strike
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
Aedes aegypti mosquito
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
drinking water fountain
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
Flooded streets in Tucson
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