Arizona Science Desk

Report: Teens Turn To Social Media For Health Help During Pandemic
Nearly 40% of teens reported symptoms of moderate to severe depression last year, amidst the pandemic, but social media has been a key in helping them stay connected.
May 12, 2021
OSIRIS-REx Begins 2-Year Trip Home With Asteroid Rubble
With rubble from an asteroid tucked inside, a NASA spacecraft fired its engines and began the long journey back to Earth on Monday, leaving the ancient space rock in its rearview mirror.
May 11, 2021
Whats Behind Rise In COVID-19 Cases Among Kids?
The share of new COVID-19 cases that are among children has been on the rise. At the same time, we might see Emergency Use Authorization granted as early as this week for the Pfizer vaccine for kids 12 and older.
May 10, 2021
Immigration Journalists Launch Comadres Al Aire Podcast
Journalists Valeria Fernandez and Maritza Felix have covered immigration and immigrants in the region for many Spanish-language outlets. But in all of that reporting, they’ve seen something missing — especially for immigrant women. That’s why they’re combining forces to create a new podcast that launches May 10 called "Comadres Al Aire."
May 10, 2021
Applications To Internal Medicine Programs Up During Pandemic
The pandemic has disrupted traditional medical education, from upending trainee schedules to requiring students and educators to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and patient care. But one study says it’s also brought an uptick in some residency and fellowship applications
May 10, 2021
Arizona Utility Regulators Reject 100% Clean Energy Rules
Arizona's utility regulators have rejected new rules that would have required most of the state's electricity providers to get 100% of their power from clean energy sources by 2050 to limit carbon emissions and address climate change.
May 7, 2021
Arizona Mulberries: Debunking Mulberry Myths
If you’ve hit a farmers’ market anytime recently, logged onto social media or gone to a local restaurant, you’ve probably seen locally-grown mulberries. They’re everywhere in the Valley right now, and they often get a bad rap. But Jacq Davis says all of that is a misunderstanding, and that the berries are top notch.
May 6, 2021
Why Nuclear Fallout From The Cold War Shows Up In Todays Honey
During the Cold War, approximately 2,000 above-ground detonations had taken place throughout the American Southwest, the Pacific and sites in the south and central Soviet Union. The effects of these tests are still being experienced today.
May 6, 2021
Donkey-Dug Desert Wells Benefit Many Species
When winter streams in the Sonoran Desert dry up, horses and donkeys start digging wells up to six feet deep. New research shows the broad ecological impacts of those watering holes.
May 5, 2021
Chiricahua National Monument Named Dark Sky Park
A southern Arizona park has been recognized by the International Dark Sky Association. Chiricahua National Monument in southeastern Arizona is known for its scenic rock formations, called hoodoos.
May 5, 2021
Why Climate Change Makes Young People Worried About Having Kids
Climate change has changed the way a lot of us think about the future, but for what seems like a growing number of young people, it’s changing something fundamental: Their decision to have children.
May 4, 2021
Ducey Asks DOD For Help With Contaminated Water Near Air Force Bases
Gov. Doug Ducey wants the U.S. Defense Department to look into possible groundwater contamination near air force bases in Arizona.
May 4, 2021
How Childhood Trauma Can Lead To Poor Health Outcomes Later In Life
Kids often experience adversity growing up. For some, it’s watching their parents go through a divorce. For others, that trauma can be experienced as child abuse or living with a parent battling addiction. Researchers know these Adverse Childhood Experiences can have lasting impacts. But a recent study shows there’s also a financial toll, impacting the entire community.
May 3, 2021
Study: COVID-19 Survivors Face Increase Risk Of Death, Health Problems
A new study found that COVID-19 survivors have a higher risk of death and health problems. Researchers also found that doctors are using prescription opioids to manage symptoms experienced by those long haul survivors.
May 3, 2021
Latino Vaccination Rates Lag Behind White Population In AZ
Nearly 3 million people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine here. More than 40% of Arizonans have been vaccinated. But when you look more closely at those numbers, disparities become clear.
May 3, 2021
State Director Of Health Services Details How AZ Can Up Its Vaccination Rate
The number of Arizonans getting vaccinated continues to grow, but the rate has leveled off. To learn more about steps the state is taking to regain momentum, The Show spoke with Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.
April 30, 2021
Utilities, Policymakers React To Biden Administrations Water Goals
In his first address to Congress on April 28, President Joe Biden detailed a few of his priorities. One of them fits in the general category of water. The administration also aims to help areas of the country suffering from drought — and Arizona certainly fits that description.
April 29, 2021
Expert Hopes Vaccine Options Will Lower COVID-19 Cases
For weeks, COVID-19 cases in Arizona have held steady at 600-700 per day, as slackening vaccination rates contend with the dominant — and more infectious — U.K. variant. But some experts see signs of hope on the horizon.
April 28, 2021
Professor Predicts Fire Age As Fire Season Stretches From Months To Most Of Year
The light rain that fell in the Valley earlier this week was a refreshing change and a brief respite from the drought that has gripped the area for years. And any precipitation can help lessen the chances for destructive wildfires. But the fact remains that the wildfire season is expanding as we get drier and the impact of climate change grows.
April 28, 2021
From Masks To Yoga Mats: Company Sees Surge In PPE Recycling
As good as they are at protecting us from the spread of COVID-19, the billions of disposable masks are also creating tons of new waste that’s polluting our oceans and communities. It’s not so simple to recycle PPE. But one company has been doing just that since long before the pandemic began.
April 28, 2021

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