Arizona Science Desk

CDC: COVID-19 boosters offer added protection, even against newer subvariants
Despite recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizonans — including many long-term care staff and residents — are largely skipping the COVID-19 bivalent booster. But the shot does provide extra protection, even against some of the latest variants.
Conservationists urge SRP to give up its gas plant fight
Earlier this week, a judge upheld the Arizona Corporation Commission’s ruling against a proposed gas power plant near Coolidge. Sandy Bahr, director of the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter, joined The Show to talk about the ruling.
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Legal experts: Title 42 illegal, ineffective and dangerous
Prior to March 2020, the U.S. had never invoked Title 42, which grants federal authorities the power to deny entry into the U.S. to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Since then, officials have used it more than 2.5 million times to send away asylum seekers and migrants. Now, two legal experts say enough is enough.
Jan. 25, 2023
Maricopa County reports seasons 1st pediatric flu death
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is reporting its first pediatric flu death this season.
Jan. 24, 2023
The future is electric: Electric vehicle landscape is quickly changing
One of the biggest hurdles that’s stopping people from buying an electric vehicle is just where you can charge up — and how long it takes to do it. And that’s exactly what a new plan from the Arizona Department of Transportation is attempting to address using a big chunk of federal money.
Jan. 24, 2023
Psilocybin mushrooms could be a game changer — especially for vets
A bipartisan bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature aims to fund research into the benefits of psilocybin, otherwise known as magic mushrooms.
Jan. 24, 2023
Frigid temperatures expected in the Valley
The Valley of the Sun is being met with uncharacteristically frigid temperatures this week.
Jan. 23, 2023
Honeybees today live half as long as 50 years ago
Honeybee colonies have been collapsing at alarming rates since 2006, and experts still aren’t completely sure why. New research suggests one possibility: Honeybee life spans today are half what they were 50 years ago.
Jan. 19, 2023
As maternity deserts expand, some experts endorse turning to midwives
The U.S. has the highest maternal death rate among high-income countries. The concerning trend disproportionately affects Black women, and it’s growing. Yet childbearing services are withering away nationwide. What can states do about it?
Jan. 20, 2023
Global citizen science project finds alarming rate of light pollution growth
In growing areas of the planet, sundown no longer brings night and stars, but rather an artificial dusk caused by human light sources. To track light pollution’s global spread, researchers looked beyond space technology and asked citizen scientists to provide some ground truth.
Jan. 20, 2023
New planet discovered by James Webb Space Telescope team
The James Webb Space Telescope has uncovered a new world outside our solar system. The exoplanet LHS 475 is 41-light years away and has almost exactly the same diameter as Earth.
Jan. 20, 2023
Young adults rise in anxiety, depression predates COVID
Anxiety and depression have been on the rise in young adults since before the pandemic, isolating teens, tweens and 20-somethings at vital junctures of social development. Experts recently discussed what researchers are calling “the loneliest generation.”
Jan. 19, 2023
Arizona COVID-19 cases are down, but a new variant is on its way
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2,751 cases this week, after more than 7,300 last week. But at the same time, the number of deaths reported in the state remains fairly high: 128 this week and 192 last week.
Jan. 19, 2023
Chandler data center ordinance changes zoning code
The city of Chandler’s new data-center ordinance went into effect Jan. 5 and includes a change to the city’s zoning code.
Jan. 18, 2023
Plant store owners backyard an homage to Phoenixs past
Xeriscaping has been a thing for a while now, but Michael Lanier is taking that concept to a whole new level. Lanier is the owner of Pueblo, a plant store on Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix that’s known for its well-informed staff and hip aesthetic.
Jan. 18, 2023
Arizonas surprisingly wet winter is actually helping the drought
For the last week, we’ve seen heavy rains in the Valley and mountains of snow in the high country. But will it help alleviate drought conditions?
Jan. 18, 2023
Organization aims to support Native American dementia caregivers on Navajo Nation
Roughly 1 in 3 Native American elders will develop Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. They will likely rely on family caregivers, who will also need ongoing support. Now, new partnership that aims to reach family caregivers on the Navajo Nation.
Jan. 17, 2023
Dutch Bros. stands are swarming with bees — and its making the bees sick. Heres why
Robrt Pela found that many Dutch Bros. coffee stands have a bee problem — and it’s not just a problem for the customers. It’s also making the bees sick. Pela wrote the story for PHOENIX magazine. He joined The Show to talk about what he saw when he started investigating this story.
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Jan. 17, 2023
ExxonMobil’s own models predicted global warming from fossil fuels
The question, “What did they know and when did they know it?” has become a staple of investigations since Watergate. Now, new research shows ExxonMobil knew the potential global-warming impacts of fossil fuels as far back as the late 1970s.
Jan. 17, 2023
Laser ‘lightning rod’ could improve storm safety
Lightning causes billions of dollars of damage each year and can result in injury or death, but people still use 18th century technology to guard against it. A new paper offers a more modern alternative: laser lightning rods.
Jan. 13, 2023
Telehealth may lower barriers to treating behavioral problems in kids with developmental delays
An estimated 13% of children have a developmental delay and face three times the risk of related behavioral problems. But financial, cultural and geographical barriers to treatment persist. New research suggests the mainstreaming of telehealth during the pandemic might offer a way to overcome those hurdles.
Jan. 12, 2023