Arizona Science Desk

CDC: Safety Of 2nd And 3rd COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Similar
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration added seniors and people with high-COVID-19-risk jobs to the list of people approved for a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine. A new CDC report evaluates how third doses affected their predecessors: people with conditions that compromise their immune systems.
Sept. 29, 2021
Colorado River Levels Falling Faster Than Expected
New projections show that Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach “critically low reservoir elevations” sooner than expected, spurring experts to say that “bold actions” will be needed to change course.
Sept. 29, 2021
Rare Lobster Saved From Restaurant Donated To Odysea Aquarium
A rare orange lobster has found a home at an Arizona aquarium instead of becoming someone’s dinner. The unique lobster was discovered over the summer by staff at the Japanese restaurant Nobu in Scottsdale, ABC15 reported Monday.
Sept. 28, 2021
Arizona Says Data Problem Reduced Report Of COVID-19 Cases
Arizona on Tuesday reported 1,123 additional confirmed COVID-19 case, a figure less than half the state's latest seven-day daily rolling average and one that state officials said was low because of a reporting problem.
Sept. 28, 2021
Even Colorado
Deep in the Cameron Peak burn scar, nestled among charred hills, there’s an oasis of green. Apart from a few scorched branches on the periphery, it’s hard to tell that this particular spot was in the middle of Colorado's largest-ever wildfire just a year ago. This wetland was spared thanks to the work of beavers.
Sept. 28, 2021
This Economists Easy Way To Make Sense Of Overwhelming Statistics
We are inundated with numbers and statistics every day — be it COVID-19-related, political polling, economic data or even sports. But while these stats can be really important, "The Data Detective" author Tim Harford says we’re not always that well equipped to understand them.
Sept. 27, 2021
Pima County Health Director Discusses AZ COVID-19 Trends
The law banning mask mandates is set to take effect on Wednesday, Sept. 29. This has some in our community alarmed as COVID-19 continues to move through student populations. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a new study on the effectiveness of mask wearing in schools.
Sept. 27, 2021
UA Lands $2.8M NSF Award To Study Earths Deep Subsurface
Earth's deep subsurface contains most of the planet’s microbial life, but scientists know less about it than they do about the surface of Mars. A University of Arizona-led team hopes to change that, thanks in part to a $2.8 million National Science Foundation award.
Sept. 27, 2021
How Tree Rings Can Help Authenticate Stradivarius Violins
The authenticity of prized musical instruments like Stradivarius violins can hinge on arguments over assembly, style and varnish. Tree-ring analysis can help settle such disputes, but it, too, has its limitations.
Sept. 27, 2021
Arizona COVID-19 Deaths Nearly Double In 2 Weeks
The Arizona Department of Health Services added another 69 COVID-19-related deaths to the dashboard Saturday, as the pace of virus deaths has nearly doubled over the past two weeks.
Sept. 25, 2021
CDC Report On AZ Counties Shows Value Of Masks In Schools
Three CDC studies released Friday, including one focused on Maricopa and Pima counties, underscore the value of COVID-19 prevention strategies like universal masking in keeping schools open.
More Arizona COVID-19 News
Sept. 24, 2021
AZ Health Department: State Is Ready For Booster Shots
The federal government is recommending a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for some Americans if they’re more than six months past their initial doses. The Arizona Department of Health Services says the state has plenty of doses of the Pfizer vaccine to accommodate Arizonans seeking booster shots.
Sept. 24, 2021
Monsoon Stories 2021 Epilogue: Monsoon Memories
The Show's annual Monsoon Series concluded last week after digging into the effect of climate change on this very Arizona time of year, but we received so many voicemails from our listeners about what the monsoons mean to you that we’re bringing you one more bonus edition today.
Sept. 24, 2021
Birds Like It When Humans Are On COVID-19 Lockdown
Reduced traffic caused by COVID-19 lockdowns made cities a little less noisy, a little less polluted and a little less hazardous to wildlife. Those conditions brought about a big bounce-back among birds common to the U.S. and Canada.
Sept. 23, 2021
UA Launches Effort To Work With Tribes On Sustainability
Climate change impacts us all now, but for those living on Native American reservations, the environmental impacts are often more extreme. Now, the University of Arizona is starting a new center aimed at helping them address those challenges.
Sept. 23, 2021
Study: Disney Princesses Give Kids More Progressive Gender Views
Lots of kids can tell you who their favorite Disney princess is — be it Belle or Elsa or Tiana, or someone else. But there has long been a concern among parents that letting their kids watch what are often referred to as "princess movies" could lead to continuing gender stereotypes — especially the "damsel in distress" narrative.
Sept. 23, 2021
Banner Health Sees Downward Trend In COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Banner Health is starting to see some positive signs on the COVID-19 front.
Sept. 23, 2021
Experts Say AZ Should Report More Breakthrough COVID-19 Data
The pandemic has brought a sometimes overwhelming amount of medical data into our lives. But Arizona publishes less information on its COVID-19 data dashboard than many other states do, and experts say a few key changes could provide a valuable public service.
Arizona Hospitals Brace For Flu Season As COVID-19 Cases Remain High
Sept. 23, 2021
AZ Hospitals Brace For Flu Season As COVID-19 Cases Remain High
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona appear to be leveling off. But fall is officially here, and hospital leaders worry seasonal illnesses will strain the state’s health care system.
Sept. 22, 2021
Phoenix Cool Pavement Researchers Find Temp Drop
Last year, the city of Phoenix began a new program to reduce the heat island effect in neighborhoods. Now, it has released its findings this month.
Sept. 21, 2021