In 2016, NASA and the University of Arizona dispatched their OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Now, they have announced which area of the surface they plan to sample.
New Zealand Volcano Victims May Be Treated With Methods Pioneered In AZ
This week’s White Island volcanic eruption left 16 dead. Dozens more are being treated for severe burns throughout New Zealand and Australia. One method being used to treat some of the patients was pioneered here in the Valley.
Dec. 13, 2019
Bill Would Add Autism Spectrum Disorder, Opioid Use Disorder To Medical Pot Eligibility
A proposal in the Arizona Legislature would add two conditions to the list of those for which patients could get a medical marijuana card: opioid use disorder and autism spectrum disorder.
Dec. 13, 2019
Colorado River Tribes Call For More Sway In Western Water Talks
Earlier this year, Arizona — one of seven southwestern states that rely on the Colorado River — was in the midst of a heated discussion about water. Within weeks Arizona finished its portion of the Drought Contingency Plan. Tribal leaders in the state didn’t receive any accolades in Gov. Doug Ducey’s speech. But a recent Arizona State University report suggests they should have.
Dec. 12, 2019
Ongoing, Long-Term Threat: Election Systems Still At Risk
We are two months away from the first votes being cast in the Democratic presidential primary. And, some election experts say we are still not prepared to handle potential cyberattacks on the country’s election system.
Dec. 11, 2019
Arizona Infant Dies Amid Early And Heavy Flu Season
A Maricopa County infant has died of influenza. This is the first pediatric flu death of 2019. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. The infant who died was younger than that.
Dec. 10, 2019
Atmospheric Rivers Bring Wet Weather To AZ
Here’s a phrase you might have heard lately: atmospheric rivers. This weather phenomenon is back this winter in the West, we’re seeing the results right here in Arizona, and climate change could lead to even wetter winter storms.
Dec. 10, 2019
Smartphones And Social Media: Boon Or Bane For The Brain?
Email; text; social media. From moment to moment, our devices disrupt our days with demands that we document, curate and share our lives. Amid all this clamor, are we ever fully present? And, if not, what do our little lapses cost us?
Does Modern Technology Actually Make Our Lives More Efficient?
Dec. 9, 2019
Salt And Verde River Reservoirs Looking More Full Than Last Year
This time last year, the six reservoirs in the Salt River and Verde River systems were only at 47% capacity. Now, they’re at 68% capacity. SRP attributes these numbers to a productive winter last year.
Dec. 9, 2019
Researchers Link Memory Issues To Air Pollution
Researchers have linked some aspects of memory issues, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to pollution and air quality. A new study led by the University of Southern California focused on women in their 70s and 80s and concluded that those who were exposed more to polluted air than clean air suffered from higher-intensity memory problems.
Dec. 6, 2019
How ASU Students Launched A Research Satellite Into Space
As research continues into the specifics of how sizzling temperatures affect Phoenix and other areas of the country, a group of students at ASU has developed a satellite that will be able to observe and provide data on the urban heat island from far above the earth.
Dec. 6, 2019
Climate Change Means Spring Is Coming Earlier
If it feels like spring has been coming sooner here in Arizona over the past few years, your observation may not be far off. New research has found spring is springing earlier in parts of the country.
Dec. 6, 2019
Arizona Flu Cases Up 351% From Last Year
Every year, we’re reminded to get flu shots. Many of us do, but lots of people don’t. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the number of reported flu cases in Arizona is up substantially compared to last year at this time.
Dec. 6, 2019
Workshops Bring Low-Income Communities, Latinos Into Sustainable Energy Conversation
A new initiative aims to bring diverse Phoenix communities into the conversation around clean energy. The workshops offer practical tips to help consumers save a little money, but they’re also practices that can help lower emissions. Lower income communities and communities of color stand to benefit the most from improving on climate and pollution.
Nov. 25, 2019
Arizonas Zombie Mines Wait For The Next Boom
The mining industry is boom and bust, but, as the busts get longer and the booms come less often, mining companies across the country are leaving them idle.
Dec. 3, 2019
Is American Infrastructure Ready For Climate Change?
There’s been a lot of attention recently on the role California power utilities have played in fires in that state. For many researchers, that’s just one example of our infrastructure's inability to handle climate change.
Dec. 3, 2019
The Story Of The First Women Who Rafted Down The Colorado River
Thousands of tourists go rafting on the Colorado River every year, but going back 80 years or so, the number of rafters was much smaller, and every person who’d successfully ran the river was a man.
Dec. 3, 2019
Dementia Doctor Uses VR To Help Teach Empathy
Is it possible to teach empathy? That’s what one Arizona doctor is trying to do using virtual reality. The experience aims to help younger people understand what it’s like to have dementia — and encourage them to pursue careers in the aging and dementia fields.
Talking To Dementia Patients About When To Give Up Driving
Dec. 3, 2019
Public Lands Funding Bill Looking For The Right ‘Vehicle’
Permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund has bipartisan support, but is still not a done deal. Congress is trying to finish appropriating money for the budget, including money for a public lands fund. Land conservationists, however, are looking beyond the annual budget line.
Dec. 2, 2019
EPA Fines Hopi Over Arsenic In Drinking Water
Federal officials have fined the Hopi Tribe for failing to reduce arsenic levels in its drinking water at the Hopi Cultural Center. The Hopi Tribe has agreed to pay the $3,800 fine and to finish building a treatment system by early next year.
Dec. 2, 2019
Amid Rising Flu Activity, Banner Health Issues Visitor Restrictions
As influenza activity increases, Banner Health is restricting visitor access and activities in its hospitals to protect against the spread of flu and respiratory viruses.
Dec. 2, 2019