The Navajo Nation is taking steps to make solar energy a priority, with the help of Salt River Project. Salt River Project seeks proposals for up to 200 megawatts of solar development on the Navajo Nation.
Buried Ice Could Make It Easier For Humans To Land On Mars
New research could make it easier for humans to land and move around on Mars. Scientists have found water-ice in places they hadn’t known about before. Christopher Edwards is one of those scientists. He’s an assistant professor in the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science at Northern Arizona University.
Jan. 17, 2020
Why Colleges Struggle To Meet Demand For Mental Health Services
Colleges and universities across the country are dealing with a lack of counselors and barriers to students getting access to mental health services they can use. An investigation by the Daily Wildcat found long wait times for students to get appointments at the University of Arizona.
Jan. 17, 2020
Communities Affected By Mining Spill Win Case In Mexicos Supreme Court
On Wednesday, the Second Chamber of Mexico's Supreme Court unanimously granted legal protection to communities affected by a 2014 mining spill in the Sonora River. Residents of the communities affected by the spill hope that the ruling will provide relief they’ve been seeking for more than five years.
Jan. 16, 2020
Lawmakers Push New Bill To Support Firefighters Cancer Claims
State Sens. Heather Carter and Paul Boyer announced their new legislation on Thursday at the state Capitol, where Carter shaved Boyer's head in a show of support for firefighters who have had workers' compensation claims denied.
Jan. 16, 2020
Reports: Burritos Making Border Patrol Detainees Sick
A greater than normal percentage of migrant detainees are reporting abdominal pain and gastrointestinal issues at the Casa Alitas shelter in Tucson. And the common thread for those being held in Border Patrol custody is a particular kind of burrito that is provided to the detainees.
Jan. 16, 2020
Kids Become Collateral Damage In Opioid Crises As Accidental Exposures Rise
Last week, the Glendale Police Department arrested a man on two counts of felony child abuse after a 4-year-old girl he was watching died. A toxicology report later revealed she had fentanyl in her system. It’s one of the most potent forms of opioids we’ve seen emerge since the opioid epidemic began.
Jan. 16, 2020
Climate Change, And Our Response To It, Is Making Life Hard For Desert Tortoises
Few species are equipped to handle a hot and dry climate better than the desert tortoise. But with climate change making their home hotter and drier, and energy projects meant to limit carbon emissions springing up in the desert, the tortoises are being hit with a one-two punch.
Jan. 15, 2020
At Least 2 Well-Metering Bills At Arizona Capitol
Multiple bills in the Arizona Legislature are tackling well metering due to the lack of groundwater regulation outside of central Arizona. They come in the wake of an investigation by the Arizona Republic.
Jan. 14, 2020
Wild Horse Advocates: New Fence Will Cut Off Salt River Herd From Resources
The Tonto National Forest is installing nearly four miles of fencing along the banks of the lower Salt River. It’s intended to prevent horses from crossing Bush Highway and keep nearby livestock from joining the horse herd. But advocates for the wild horses say the new fence could be dangerous for their health.
Jan. 14, 2020
The Political Implications Of Uranium Mining Around Grand Canyon National Park
Just before the holidays, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema introduced a bill that would ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park. It echoes similar legislation introduced by Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva that passed the House of Representatives last year.
Jan. 14, 2020
As Phoenix Grows Denser, Can Transportation Keep Up?
Thirty-five years in the planning stage, the Loop 202 South Mountain freeway is the latest to be built in the Valley. It creates a significant route for trucks to bypass gridlocked Interstate 10 and allows quicker access for residents to get from the East Valley to the West Valley. Now, transportation planners are busy looking at what the next three decades could look like.
Jan. 14, 2020
Phoenix Finishes Converting 100,000 Street Lights To LED
The city of Phoenix has finished converting 100,000 street lights to LED lights. It took two years and $29.4 million, a cost the city expects to recoup with savings on its energy and maintenance bills. Phoenix finished pretty much on schedule.
Jan. 13, 2020
How Much Screen Time Is OK For Kids?
How many hours is OK when it comes to screen time for kids? Ed Finn of Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination wrote about that in Slate recently, and The Show talked with him.
Jan. 13, 2020
Phoenix To Collect Public Donations To Plant More Trees
Phoenix is looking to collect public donations to plant more trees. But the idea is being met with some skepticism. During a recent city subcommittee meeting, Chief Sustainability Officer Mark Hartman pitched the process.
Jan. 10, 2020
Below Average Colorado River Water Supply Expected
This week, we got our first look at likely Colorado River levels for the year, and the outlook could be better. The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center expects water supplies to be below average in 2020 despite a high snowpack.
Jan. 9, 2020
Why The U.S. Military Is Wary Of DNA Testing Services
Members of the military are now being discouraged by the Pentagon from swabbing their cheeks and sending in a sample. Jamie Winterton, director of strategy at ASU’s Global Security Initiative, joined The Show to explain why.
Jan. 9, 2020
How UAs Phillip Kuo Bridged Eastern, Western Medicine
Dr. Phillip Kuo’s feet stand firmly in Western medicine. He’s a professor of medical imaging and biomedical engineering at the University of Arizona, but he’s also dedicated to one of Eastern medicine’s oldest practices: tai chi.
Jan. 8, 2020
Research: Family Values Vs. Sexy Shakira Species
New research from ASU finds that across the world, what really motivates us is “kin care” — taking care of our families. It's an even bigger motivator than finding a mate.
Jan. 8, 2020
Attorney General Brnovich Sues E-Cigarette Makers
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday sued Juul and another e-cigarette maker, Eonsmoke, alleging the companies targeted youths with advertising and flavored products. Brnovich wants injunctions to prevent either company from using marketing tactics that target youths or sell flavored vape products.
Jan. 7, 2020
Science Fiction Writer Explores Artificial Intelligence And Religion
Artificial intelligence has already arrived when it comes to advanced technology, with millions of Americans already worried to some extent that their jobs are in danger. Andrew Hudson, a speculative science fiction writer and graduate researcher at Arizona State University, recently wrote a short story about AI and religion. It’s called "A Priest, A Rabbi and a Robot Walk Into a Bar."
Jan. 7, 2020