Arizona Science Desk

AZ hospitals saw big profits in 2020, but thats only a partial picture
Arizona hospitals saw their net operating profits for last year increase about 35%, to $1.5 billion. And nearly three-quarters of hospitals in the state had a positive operating margin.
Oct. 6, 2021
Where to see fall colors, Halloween haunts in AZ
Parts of Arizona are really looking like fall. And that means it’s time to turn to Arizona travel writer and author Roger Naylor. The Show spoke with him to learn where to find fall colors around the state, and, as Halloween approaches, where to find a good haunt as well.
Oct. 5, 2021
Valley fever disproportionately affects people of color
Arizona leads the country in Valley fever infections — about two-thirds of the nearly 100,000 documented cases in recent years happened here. And it disproportionately affects people of color.
Oct. 5, 2021
Arizonas new cyber command center will deal with threats to government data
Arizona officially launched its new cyber command center Monday to deal with threats to state and local government computers. The head of the state Department of Homeland Security insists that Arizonans should not worry that the state will be using all that expensive high tech equipment to spy on them.
Oct. 4, 2021
33 years of rapid urban growth has tripled hazardous heat impact
Urban landscapes intensify the effects of dangerously hot and humid days. But scientists only broadly understand the interplay between escalating urban population growth and extreme heat exposure. A new study in the journal PNAS helps address that gap, and the news isn't good.
Oct. 4, 2021
The story behind the photo of a roadrunner staring at the border wall
You may have seen an image floating around social media in the last few months — it shows the towering border wall covered in rings of barbed wire on one side. And facing it on the other, seemingly staring up at it, perplexed, is a single roadrunner.
Oct. 4, 2021
Clinical trials for COVID-19 pills are underway in Arizona
Initial results from trials of a new Merck COVID-19 treatment are showing promise, and other, similar pills, could also be on the way.
Oct. 4, 2021
Experts still cant agree on the origins of COVID-19
As the world approaches two years since the first case of COVID-19 appeared in a Wuhan, China market, scientists still cannot say where the coronavirus originated. Science magazine recently convened four experts to hash out the leading hypotheses.
Oct. 4, 2021
Arizonas gap between white and Latino vaccination rates is still among nations widest
The gap between White and Latino vaccination rates has been shrinking in the U.S. But gains have been uneven, and in Arizona, there’s still a major disparity between the demographics.
Oct. 4, 2021
Q&AZ: Is Palo Verde Generating Station still active?
Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, one listener asked: Is the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station still active, and, if it is, how is it performing against the original goals?
More Q&AZ questions answered
Oct. 3, 2021
Spores that cause Valley fever thrive after a wet monsoon, research finds
Northern Arizona University researchers have concluded the spores that can cause Valley fever thrive in wet conditions. Researchers say previous scientific hypothesis was the fungus, Coccidioides, likes a hot, dry environment.
Oct. 3, 2021
This town set a monsoon rain record this year — and Phoenix got close
Monsoon season went out with some moisture for parts of the Phoenix area on Thursday. Overall this year, the Phoenix metro region had 5.8 inches over 23 days of measurable rain. That’s the second most behind 1896 with 24 days.
Oct. 1, 2021
Why a billionaire thinks he can build a sustainable desert city
The Arizona desert could be the home of a new, proposed sustainable city. Billionaire Marc Lore wants to build his city, called Telosa, which he envisions as upwards of 150,000 acres, using environmentally-friendly architecture and a “water system that is resistant to drought.”
More Arizona Sustainability News
Oct. 1, 2021
Arizona failed to properly monitor groundwater pollution, report finds
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for protecting the environment, but a new audit report says the agency has failed to perform many required tasks in monitoring groundwater for pollution — in some cases the neglect has been for nearly three decades.
Oct. 1, 2021
This $60M project will study why brains age differently
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $60 million grant to a national project for studying why people's brains age differently. The University of Arizona will lead the Precision Aging Network, which will include scientists and technologies from TGen and Arizona State University.
Oct. 1, 2021
23 species have gone extinct. These animals could be next
The federal government has declared 23 species officially extinct. And evolutionary ecologist John Wiens says these likely won't be the last species to disappear from the planet.
Sept. 30, 2021
The Liver Could Hold The Key To A New Type 2 Diabetes Treatment
Ben Renquist is an associate professor in the University of Arizona’s School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, and he has been working on a new target to treat Type 2 diabetes. His lab focuses on how fatty liver affects the health of people with obesity, and he believes that organ could hold the key to a new treatment for Type 2 diabetes.
Sept. 30, 2021
10 People In Maricopa County Have Died From West Nile Virus In September
The mosquito-borne West Nile virus is circulating in Maricopa County and is causing an unusually high number of deaths this year. Ten people have died so far in the month of September alone.
Sept. 29, 2021
NASA And USGS Launch Gilbert-Built Landsat 9
On Monday, NASA successfully launched its Landsat 9 satellite. The spacecraft was built, tested and fitted with instruments by Northrop Grumman’s Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Gilbert.
Sept. 29, 2021
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Slowing, AZ ICUs Still 92% Full
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona are slowing after a summer surge, but the virus continues to strain health care resources in the state.
Sept. 29, 2021