Arizona Science Desk

Zimmer Tackles Big Questions: What Is Life? What Is Alive?
What is life? What is alive? Science writer Carl Zimmer delves into these, and other questions, in his new book, "Life’s Edge: The Search for What it Means to Be Alive." Zimmer also writes the Matter column for the New York Times, among other things.
Sept. 21, 2021
California Water Agencies Resolve Colorado River Dispute
Two major California water agencies have settled a dispute that once threatened to derail a multi-state agreement to protect the Colorado River.
Sept. 21, 2021
QR Codes Are Taking Over, But The Printed Menus Not Dead Yet
Many restaurants are foregoing traditional menus for online ones accessible through mobile apps, opened with QR codes, which can be pasted to the top of your table. But for some, being able to page through the menu is part of the dining experience itself.
Sept. 20, 2021
FDA Rejects Widespread COVID-19 Booster
Late last week, an FDA panel rejected a proposal to give booster shots to the general public. But it is expected to recommend a third dose for vulnerable adults — including those 65 and older. And now, Pfizer is announcing its vaccine has proven safe and effective in children aged 5 to 11.
Sept. 20, 2021
Rural Patients Unable To Transfer To Major Arizona Hospitals
As Arizona's biggest hospitals fill up with COVID-19 cases, physicians in some of the state's smaller or more rural communities fear it's their patients who need specialty care who will pay the ultimate price.
Sept. 20, 2021
TGen Is Studying Long COVID-19 In Youths
Many questions remain about long COVID – especially in young people, who now make up around 30% of new COVID-19 cases. Phoenix-based TGen will try to answer some of them as part of a $470 million National Institutes of Health study.
Sept. 20, 2021
Why Some Nursing Homes Have More Vaccinated Staff
Throughout the pandemic, nursing homes have struggled to get staff to fully accept vaccinations. That’s especially troubling given residents’ extreme vulnerability to coronavirus infection. But are some facilities worse than others and, if so, why?
Sept. 20, 2021
The CDC Says This Arizona County Is 99.9% Fully Vaccinated
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Santa Cruz County, which borders Mexico, has vaccinated 99.9% of its 18+ population. County officials put that number around 90%.
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Sept. 18, 2021
CDC Says Moderna Vaccines Protect Better Against Hospitalization
All three of the FDA-approved or authorized coronavirus vaccines protect against developing serious COVID-19 cases requiring hospitalization. But which offers the best protection? New CDC research tries to answer that question.
Sept. 17, 2021
Monsoon Stories 2021: What It Means To Be An Arizonan
In this season of Monsoon Stories, The Show has looked at the effects of the changing monsoon on our cities, our growth, our wildlife and how we grow food here. Now we turn to something a little less concrete: What a changing monsoon means for our state’s identity, and what it means to be an Arizonan.
Sept. 17, 2021
Health Expert Has Doubts About COVID-19 Boosters For All Adults
A CDC advisory committee that sets policy for U.S. vaccinations campaigns is set meet on Wednesday to debate who, exactly, should get boosters. Will Humble, Arizona Public Health Association executive director, says he doubts the shots will be endorsed for all adults.
Sept. 17, 2021
Climate Change Raises Risk For Outdoor Workers
The warming climate will soon begin squeezing workers' pocketbooks as intense heat begins limiting when and how long they can work outside.
Sept. 17, 2021
Climate Effects Of Wildfire Clouds Remains Hazy
Wildfires are on the rise and expected to increase further due to climate change. But the overall climate effects of clouds caused by wildfires remains hazy. A new study that further muddies the waters.
Sept. 16, 2021
Banner Reports Ivermectin Poisonings, Hospitalizations
Banner Health’s poison control center saw 10 cases of ivermectin poisoning in August, some requiring hospitalization. Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Marjorie Bessel said the parasite medicine is in clinical trials to learn its value in treating high-risk COVID-19 cases.
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Sept. 16, 2021
SMCC Professor Becomes 1st Black Woman To Pilot A Mission To Space
Just after 5 p.m. Arizona time, a South Mountain Community College professor became the first Black woman ever to pilot a mission to space. Geoscientist Sian Proctor flew the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission to a 575-kilometer orbit.
Sept. 15, 2021
UA Study: Drought, Not Temperature, Drives Biodiversity
A University of Arizona study took a detailed look at the role that temperature plays in evolution and biodiversity. The researchers were surprised at what they found.
Sept. 15, 2021
1 In 500 Americans Has Died From COVID-19. In Arizona, The Toll Is Even Higher
One in every 500 Americans has now died from COVID-19. But the per capita death rate in Arizona is more than 30% higher than the national average.
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Sept. 15, 2021
Forest Service Cancels 4FRI Bidding Process For Forest Thinning
The National Forest Service has canceled a bidding process that would allow the Four Forests Initiative to move forward. That’s a major blow to the state’s ability to manage wildfires.
Sept. 15, 2021
Tempe Opens First Mobile Cooling Center
Tempe has a new way to try to help keep its residents cool. Last week, the city unveiled a mobile cooling center called Jenny’s Trailer.
Sept. 15, 2021
Caregivers Feeling Burnout As Pandemic Drags On
Health care workers are in short supply across the country right now after 18 months of a pandemic. Many have left the industry, and many more are feeling the burnout after so long battling the virus.
Sept. 15, 2021

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