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Archaeologists find link between Maya, Olmec cultures
A lack of data has long hindered attempts to link the Olmec and Maya cultures, and to trace the origins of a recurring building pattern that may connect them. New research uses remote sensing to help fill in the blanks.
9 hours ago
Meet the scientist in charge of dealing with heat in Phoenix
Phoenix has become the first city in the country to open a publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation; that’s part of nearly $3 million to deal with heat and climate change in the most recent city budget.
10 hours ago
How PCH is getting ready to vaccinate younger kids
To learn what the COVID-19 vaccine rollout could look like for kids 5-11 in Arizona, The Show spoke with Dr. Wasim Ballan, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
10 hours ago
This author imagines email thats better for our brains
It has most likely happened to all of us — we’re working on something, and we hear the ding of a new email or instant message. We immediately stop what we’re doing to check and respond to the new message. But Cal Newport says that is not an ideal way to work. In fact, he says it’s a productivity disaster, among other problems.
Oct. 22, 2021
Human rights panel to hear Navajo uranium contamination case
A group representing Navajo communities is presenting its case to an international human rights body, saying U.S. regulators violated the rights of tribal members when they cleared the way for uranium mining in western New Mexico.
Oct. 22, 2021
Arizonas health department encourages booster shots for eligible adults
Arizona’s health department is encouraging older adults and other eligible groups to plan to get the additional shot once CDC recommendations are finalized.
Oct. 21, 2021
Lowell Observatory reopens to the public next month
After closing its doors 20 months ago due to COVID-19 concerns, Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff will reopen for general admission on Nov. 15.
Oct. 21, 2021
Citizen scientists help fill in map of disease-carrying ticks
Tick-borne illnesses have spread into new areas over the past two decades. But expensive and limited surveys reveal only part of the picture. Now, a citizen science project led in part by TGen and NAU has found disease-carrying ticks in 116 counties missed by the CDC.
Oct. 20, 2021
CDC study shows Pfizer vaccine is effective in kids 12-18
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study showing the effectiveness of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 18. The numbers are very promising.
Oct. 20, 2021
Anxiety rising among women and kids, report shows
The newest report from America’s Health Rankings shines a light on the unique challenges faced by women and children — especially in light of the pandemic. In Arizona, in particular, it finds anxiety has increased more than 20% among children and teens since 2017.
Oct. 20, 2021
Maricopa County is planning ahead to get kids vaccinated
A Food and Drug Administration panel is expected to meet next week to consider emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. Maricopa County Public Health is already making a plan to get Arizona children vaccinated.
Oct. 19, 2021
A new plane could help fight wildfires. But privacy advocates are worried
The skies over western Arizona have been serving as a testing ground for a new type of aircraft — one that boosters say has great potential in civil engineering and other uses, but that privacy advocates are worried about.
Oct. 19, 2021
Tuesdays COVID-19 cases and deaths were unusually high. Heres why
Arizona on Tuesday reported unusually high numbers of 5,660 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 174 more virus deaths as the state's dashboard caught up on reporting some pandemic metrics after a two-day hiatus for a system update.
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Oct. 19, 2021
Harris argues for Biden climate agenda at sinking Lake Mead
Vice President Kamala Harris stood before the record-low water levels of Nevada’s Lake Mead on Monday and made the case for the Biden administration’s climate change agenda by warning that “this is where we’re headed.”
Oct. 19, 2021
The humpback chub is no longer an endangered species
The humpback chub, a rare fish found only in the Colorado River basin, has been brought back from the brink of extinction after decades of protection, though work must continue to ensure its survival, federal authorities said Monday in reclassifying the species from endangered to threatened status.
Oct. 18, 2021
Leaders call for cooperation in Western drought hearing
Water is something we all need, but don’t necessarily always think about. Yet as the West continues on in a drought, more minds are starting to look into the future, and how to ensure H2O is a part of it.
Oct. 18, 2021
ASU sensor will help NASAs Lucy mission solve solar system riddle
On Saturday, NASA launched its Lucy mission to survey Jupiter’s Trojans — clumps of asteroids that precede and trail the gas giant as it orbits the Sun. An ASU-built sensor will help the mission settle an ongoing debate about the solar system’s origins.
Oct. 15, 2021
Climate change affects just about everything, even birds of prey
When the birds arrive they’re in pretty bad shape. Many are casualties of drought, arriving in late spring or early summer, when temperatures rise and waterholes go dry. The drought has been hard on Arizona’s raptors, and this year was no exception.
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Oct. 7, 2021
White Sands footprints show human presence during N. America Ice Age
Footprints in the sand often only last as long as the next big wave or high tide. But footprints found in New Mexico’s White Sands National Park have lasted a lot longer than that.
Oct. 15, 2021
Expert panel dives deep into COVID-19’s murky origins
Almost two years after China reported the first known case of COVID-19, experts still cannot confirm how the pandemic began. The journal Science recently convened four experts who debated the likely scenarios.
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Oct. 12, 2021
Arizona has 2nd lowest rate of childhood obesity in U.S., according to a new report
The data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show Arizona’s rate of obesity among 10- to 17-year-olds is 10.2%, compared to the national average of 16.2%. But those rates are generally higher among kids in lower-income families.
Oct. 14, 2021