Arizona Science Desk

Aphasia Choirs Bring New Speech Pathways For People With Communication Impairments
When someone suffers a brain injury and loses the ability to speak, read and communicate, typically after a stroke, that condition is known as aphasia. One way to help bring back the language, and create a social community, is through singing.
Aug. 26, 2021
AZ Hospital Leaders Describe Strain Amid 3rd  COVID-19 Wave
The number of Arizonans with COVID-19 in hospital intensive care units is at its highest point in six months and the state's health care facilities are increasingly strained.
Aug. 25, 2021
What One Wet Summer Could Mean For Arizonas Megadrought
One wet summer in Arizona is not going to be nearly enough to reverse the effects of the decades-long drought the region is facing. But there has been some incremental improvement.
Aug. 25, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Waning, But Reasons Remain Unclear
The Biden administration this week announced that it will offer vaccine booster shots next month to address concerns over waning vaccine protection amid surging delta cases. But the underlying causes remain murky.
Aug. 25, 2021
What COVID-19 Model Says About Arizonas Near Future
A new forecast from PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia shows Maricopa County could expect to continue to see an increase in cases over the next few weeks, although the model does not show rates climbing anywhere nearly as high as they were this winter.
Aug. 25, 2021
Valley Hospitals Again Seeing Rise In COVID-19 Patients
Earlier this week, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association warned that hospitals in the state were once again at or near capacity, and that the trends of hospitalizations are ominous.
Aug. 25, 2021
Attention AZ Anglers: Brown Trout Bounty Upped To $300
The National Park Service would like to reduce the number of brown trout in the Colorado River, so the agency is turning to anglers for help.
Aug. 24, 2021
Kids Will Have Top COVID-19 Rate Of Any Age Group In AZ
“I’m sure that it’s a combination of the delta variant, and the fact that kids are going back to school, and many of them are not wearing masks at this point, and the fact that there’s no vaccine available to them," Dr. Josh LaBaer with ASU's Biodesign Institute said.
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Aug. 24, 2021
Study: Remote Work Could Increase Strain On Water Use
Many businesses have said they’re looking at hybrid work options going forward, where employees will be able to work from home at least part of the time if they’d like. But new research found in one community, remote work led to an increase in overall water use.
Aug. 24, 2021
Phoenix Zoo Celebrates Black-Footed Ferret Baby Boom
The Phoenix Zoo has welcomed 27 new fur-babies this summer. Twenty-seven black-footed ferret kits were born in May and June. And the Zoo says it was their most successful season of ferret births in 20 years.
Aug. 23, 2021
Cell Changes Due To Age Could Explain COVID-19 Severity
COVID-19 tends to strike seniors much harder than kids, although infants with the disease face greater likelihood of time in the ICU or even death. New lung tissue research suggests a possible reason for this pattern, and it's tied directly to how coronavirus infects the body.
Aug. 23, 2021
AZDHS Launches Campaign On Effects Of Social Isolation
With the pandemic forcing people into isolation, the Arizona Department of Health Services has launched a public awareness campaign about the effects of social connection on mental and physical health.
Aug. 20, 2021
Pima County Seeing Rise In New COVID-19 Infections
Pima County is continuing to see a rise in new COVID-19 infections. “This is a very high number for us overall. Our number is approximately 168 cases per 100,000. This is [a significant increase] compared to where we were three to four weeks ago," said Dr. Theresa Cullen is the county’s health director.
Aug. 20, 2021
Monsoon Stories 2021: Climate Change Meets The Monsoons
In this year’s monsoon series, we’re looking at how climate change meets the monsoon, and what that could mean for our environment, growth, traditions and identity.
Aug. 20, 2021
When Bennu Has Best Chance Of Striking Earth
While the University of Arizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission studied and sampled the asteroid Bennu, it was also helping scientists calculate if – or when – the half-kilometer body will one day slam into the Earth.
Aug. 19, 2021
Why The City Of Phoenix Says Its Prepared For A Water-Strapped Future
This week, the federal government declared a Tier 1 shortage on the Colorado River for the first time in history. But the city of Phoenix says it is built for drought — and ready for that future.
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Aug. 19, 2021
Arizona Sees Increased Push For Electric Vehicles
A group of Arizona business and political leaders is calling on the federal government to make a “bold investment” in clean transportation, including electric vehicles. They say the move would benefit the environment and the economy, including creating more than 80,000 jobs in the state.
Aug. 19, 2021
Researchers Working To Combat Spread Of Delta Variant
COVID-19 cases are continuing to grow consistently, even as more Arizonans are getting vaccinated. And late next month, the federal government is expected to begin offering booster shots as a way of stopping the delta variant’s expansion in its tracks. In the meantime, researchers and scientists are doing their best to learn more.
Aug. 19, 2021
Valleywise Faces Staffing Shortage As COVID-19 Surges
The Valleywise Health network of hospitals is experiencing a staffing shortage amid an increase of COVID-19 patients needing intensive care.
Aug. 18, 2021
Banner ICUs Now As Full As During Last Summers COVID-19 Surge
In a press conference Wednesday, Banner Health Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Marjorie Bessel said ICUs are now as full as they were during last summer’s peak surge. But fewer ICU beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.
Aug. 18, 2021