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UA researchers say this part of birds brain grew as they evolved to fly
Only certain animals have developed the ability to fly. University of Arizona researchers say hyperactivity in the cerebellum of the brain appears to be what makes birds a member of such an exclusive club.
Feb. 1, 2024
UA, NAU to collaborate on semiconductor research
University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University have signed an agreement to collaborate on semiconductor research.
Feb. 1, 2024
ASU to lead first-of-its-kind innovation engine to confront climate change
Arizona State University will lead the new Southwest Sustainability Innovation Engine, a multi-institutional effort to research and invent technologies that confront regional climate change and spur economic development.
Feb. 1, 2024
Butterflies overwintering in California dropped by 30%, researchers say
Volunteers who visited sites in California and Arizona around Thanksgiving tallied more than 230,000 butterflies, compared to 330,000 in 2022, according to the Xerces Society, an environmental nonprofit that focuses on the conservation of invertebrates.
Jan. 31, 2024
OSIRIS-REx mission sample contained organic material, stardust. What that means, and whats next
The Show spoke with Tom Zega, a professor of Planetary Science at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona, about key findings from the UA-led NASA OSIRIS-REx mission.
Jan. 30, 2024
ASU professor launches project to study little-known but lucrative trade: Bugs on the black market
When you hear the words "wildlife trafficking," what comes to mind? ASU professor and forensic entomologist Lauren Weidner says even though it might not be "bugs," it should be.
Jan. 30, 2024
1 in 5 women deaths are from heart attacks. Their symptoms are not obvious
Heart disease is the third-leading cause of death in Arizona among adults ages 45 to 64. When it comes to symptoms of a heart attack, most of us know the big one — chest pain on the left side of the body. For women, that’s not always the case.
Jan. 30, 2024
New HIV cases in AZ increased 22% in 2022
The Show spoke with Dr. Ann Kahlsa, medical director at Valleywise Health's McDowell Community Health Center, about what she's seeing on the ground today with HIV cases.
Jan. 29, 2024
How scientists are using a space laser to make predictions about wildfires
The Show spoke with Chris Hakkenberg, assistant research professor at Northern Arizona University, about his work studying forest health and biodiversity with a space laser.
Jan. 29, 2024
ASU makes progress toward establishing new med school
Arizona State University has made progress toward establishing its School of Medicine and Advanced Medical Engineering. It could get preliminary accreditation by 2025 and start admitting students in 2026.
Jan. 29, 2024
Contrasting climate futures are presented in Grand Canyon region report
A new report by the U.S. Department of the Interior about the Greater Grand Canyon Region has been released and shows a rate of temperature increase in the region
Jan. 29, 2024
Salt River Project contracts with company to boost power storage duration
Salt River Project is embarking on a pilot power storage system. The technology utilizes material which promises to offer approximately six hours longer storage duration than the current lithium-ion batteries it uses.
Jan. 29, 2024
Some concerned about medicinal, recreational peyote use
The Show spoke with Annette McGivney, a freelance author and journalist, about an piece she wrote for the Guardian looking at the conversation around peyote cactus and psychedelics in therapeutic treatments.
Jan. 24, 2024
Lucid Motors expands Casa Grande manufacturing plant
Lucid Motors held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for the expansion of its Casa Grande manufacturing plant. The expansion allows Lucid to begin production of its new SUV. The news comes amid federal accusations of anti-union practices within the company.
Jan. 24, 2024
Prescribed burns can prevent wildfires. Heres why they dont get done more often
The Show spoke with John Williams, an ecologist at University of California, Davis and project scientist in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, about how new research is saying prescribed burns can — and should — be used more often.
Jan. 24, 2024
Peregrine lunar lander team give update after craft crashes back to Earth
Officials with NASA and Astrobotic on Friday explained what went wrong when the spacecraft carrying human remains meant for the moon’s surface fell back to Earth.
Jan. 19, 2024
What does medical marijuana use actually do to a fetus?
The Show spoke with Dr. Krista LaBruzzo, a doctor specializing in addiction medicine at Banner Health, about what marijuana use does to a fetus and how often Arizona doctors see use during pregnancy.
Jan. 18, 2024
Should Pluto become AZs official planet? This lawmaker says yes
An Arizona lawmaker wants to make Pluto, the much maligned dwarf planet, the official planet of the state. The International Astronomical Union demoted the solar system’s once-ninth planet in 2006.
Jan. 16, 2024
Opioid deaths in AZ decreased for the first time in a decade in 2022
1,927 Arizonans died from opioid use in 2022. That’s more than four times the number of opioid deaths reported in the state a decade earlier. But it is about a 5% drop from the previous year.
Jan. 16, 2024
Scientists gather bobcat DNA from paw prints
Scientists can now extract genetic information about bobcats from their paw prints. The DNA can offer clues about the animals’ ancestry and even their microbes – vital information for monitoring one of Arizona’s most common predators.
Jan. 16, 2024