Arizona Science Desk

As B.1.1.7 Variant Becomes Dominant In Arizona, Younger People Are At Risk
Arizona’s daily COVID-19 case counts are still low compared to the state's winter peak. But a more transmissible strain continues to spread in Arizona and younger people may now be more at risk.
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7 hours ago
ASU Launches Center To Fight Fake News
The concept of disinformation is hardly a new one. But we’ve seen the power of that disinformation grow in the age of social media, and many would argue we have never seen a period quite like the one we just saw during the Trump administration. So how can and should we prepare ourselves for it and react properly?
2 hours ago
Phoenix Area Gets Mixed Reviews In Air Quality Report
The Valley received mixed scores in the American Lung Association’s 2021 State of the Air report. The Phoenix metro area ranked in the top 10 most polluted cities for both ozone and year-round fine particulate matter. But it seems to be improving in the area of short-term particulate matter.
8 hours ago
Arizona Citizen Scientists Unearth New Dinosaur Species
Let’s step back in time — about 80 million years. That’s the approximate age of the Ornatops incantatus, a duck-billed, plant-eating dinosaur that lived in northwestern New Mexico. Citizen scientists unearthed the school bus-sized creature during a recent expedition.
7 hours ago
Peoria Trying To Increase Recycling, Decrease Contamination
Peoria is undertaking a pilot project to see if it can get its residents to recycle more, and to stop putting things that are not recyclable into the recycling bins.
Apr. 20, 2021
Arizonas Vaccination Rate Is Falling Behind U.S. Average
More than half of U.S. adults have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. But the rate is lower among Arizonans. And Arizona is slipping in nationwide rankings of state vaccination rates.
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Apr. 20, 2021
Disease Expert: Vaccinated Population Still Needs To Mask Up
There is concern that while vaccines protect the recipient from contracting COVID-19, there are still unknowns concerning the rate of transmission by the vaccinated population.
Apr. 20, 2021
Did No-Bid Contract Bring Increased Vaccination Rates To One Phoenix ZIP Code?
Arizona recently poured $1.2 million into a pilot program designed to increase vaccinations in one low-income, Hispanic ZIP code. The state awarded a no-bid contract to Mario Diaz, a former campaign consultant for Gov. Doug Ducey, and $1.2 million later, the 85009 ZIP code is still at the bottom of the list.
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Apr. 19, 2021
Artist Redefines The City With A Phoenix Cactus Map
As navigation apps have made us more efficient and possibly more able to notice designated points and places around us, we tend to focus more on buildings and structures and less on natural elements. Jen Urso has been aiming to change that. She’s been designing maps of the Phoenix area for a while, but recently she developed a map to help identify where you are based on a cactus on a corner or next to a museum or restaurant.
Apr. 19, 2021
Expert: Vaccinated People Still Need To Be Careful
As of Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s statistics show that over 50% of adults in America have gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. However, the University of Arizona’s Dr. Shad Marvasti says it’s important to remember that it’s still possible to get COVID-19, even after vaccination.
Apr. 18, 2021
Arizona COVID-19 Numbers Steady But High
In a weekly press conference, Arizona Department of Health Services director Dr. Cara Christ described a state response that appears to have caught up with COVID-19 — and vaccine demand. But some indicators show Arizona is not out of the woods yet.
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Apr. 16, 2021
As Moderna Develops COVID-19 Vaccine For Children, AZ Kids Volunteer
Drugmaker Moderna is continuing to research the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine for children, and Arizona is one of the places where those trials are taking place.
Apr. 14, 2021
Explore Phoenixs Ancient Canals, Farmland With This App
For many generations before Phoenix became Arizona's capital, it was a very diverse place full of canals and fascinating topography. A Deeper Map app allows users to find out more about where they may be currently standing in metro Phoenix — including what ancient canals and farmland looked like.
Apr. 14, 2021
Expert Thinks It’s A Bad Idea To Pause Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said April 13 that the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine has a rare but serious side effect of creating blood clots. Arizona and other states quickly pulled the vaccine off the shelf. But some like Naomi Lopez argue that approach is wrong, since the risks of complications are so low, and the risk of COVID-19 is so much higher.
Apr. 14, 2021
Park Service: Mead Boat Ramps Could Be Hard To Access
As the weather warms in the Southwest, the Bureau of Reclamation is predicting low water levels on reservoirs, which could have impacts on boaters.
Apr. 13, 2021
Pandemic Creating Lag In Autism Diagnoses For Kids
Roughly one in 54 children is affected by autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and experts say the earlier a child can be diagnosed and start getting services, the better. But for many families, that’s been a challenge during the pandemic.
Apr. 13, 2021
AZ Expected To Receive Less Colorado River Water Starting 2022
As the intense Southwest drought continues, there has been discussion for a number of years about when — not if — Arizona’s allocation of Colorado River water would be reduced. It sounds very much like that will happen in 2022.
Apr. 13, 2021
Elevated Levels Of COVID-19 Detected At Yuma Wastewater Sites
The University of Arizona COVID-19 Early Warning Sewage Testing Project detected increased levels of the coronavirus in wastewater testing sites around Yuma County at the end of March. Researchers say the elevated levels mean the public shouldn't be worried, but health officials should stay alert.
Apr. 12, 2021
U.S. Hustles Stronger Defense Against Worsening Cyberattacks
With nearly everything connected, hackers can stealthily move around once they breach a system. The state’s equivalent to a fire engine for responding to cyberattacks has been called to action in Arizona seven times since 2019. The Homeland Security secretary recently warned that cyberattacks are on the verge of life-threatening.
Apr. 11, 2021
Q&AZ: Is Phoenix Having More Windy Days?
As part of KJZZ's Q&AZ project, one listener asked why has the number of windy days in metro Phoenix increased in recent years. April is most likely the windiest month in Arizona, although it may depend on where in Arizona you are.
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Apr. 2, 2021
Why It Isnt Always Healthy To Look On The Bright Side Of Life
During the months of the pandemic, many people have suffered tremendous losses — including deep illness and the deaths of loved ones. And — often in the nicest ways — we’re encouraged to get on with our lives and realize how wonderful the future can be. But can that emphasis on positivity be toxic, if we don’t embrace our true feelings?
Apr. 8, 2021