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Tracking Asteroids? Theres An App For That
A new NASA app wants to give you the chance to help search for and track Near Earth Objects, like asteroids.
March 19, 2015
Arizona Drought Conditions Decline, But Water Issues Remain
Arizona's drought conditions have improved from where they've been in recent years, though the state's water situation is still not strong.
March 18, 2015
New Arizona Technology Aims To Improve Crop Quality, Yield
From a changing climate to more mouths to feed, there are many challenges facing agriculture to increase production. But a new technology developed and tested in Arizona may help farmers overcome recent struggles.
March 17, 2015
UA To Study Effects Of Sleep Patterns On STEM Education
Scientists have long known that sleep deprivation affects critical thinking skills, our ability to work, and make important decisions. But can it dull a student’s interest in learning?
March 13, 2015
EPA Takes On Arizona In Court Over Air-Pollution Plan
The state of Arizona is challenging an EPA plan to reduce air pollution in national parks and wilderness areas. The EPA has stepped in after determining the state’s plan to cut pollution wasn't strong enough.
March 10, 2015
Solar Impulse Plane Takes Off With Phoenix Stop Planned
With a successful cross-country flight under its belt, a solar powered airplane is now attempting to fly around the world. The Solar Impulse has a dozen stops scheduled over the next few months, one here in the Valley.
March 9, 2015
Arizonas Growing Alzheimers Population Sought For Research Participation
As baby boomers age, retiring to the Southwest has become a popular option, making Arizona home to one of the largest Alzheimers populations in the country. That makes it a desirable place for Alzheimers research, but will patients be willing to participate in new studies?
March 5, 2015
ASU-Led Discovery Closes In On Human Origin
The exact point of when humans evolved into our current form has been debated. But now a team from ASU has made a new discovery of something very old which may help answer the debate.
March 4, 2015
Study Links Breastfeeding, Reduction In Pet Allergies
Results of a new study show that breastfeeding can reduce pet allergies when a baby grows up. It all comes down to little things called microbes.
March 1, 2015
UA Telescopes Help Discover Massive Black Hole at Cosmic Dawn
Astronomers in Southern Arizona have helped discover the most intense object in the early parts of the universe. But with the new discovery, there are more questions than answers.
Feb. 26, 2015
New Mexico Rocket Launch Visible In Arizona
If you were up early Wednesday you may have seen a pink cloud in the eastern sky. It was the result of a NASA rocket launch in southern New Mexico.
Feb. 25, 2015
Super Bowl Central Achieves 73 Percent Waste Diversion Rate
When downtown Phoenix was transformed into Super Bowl Central earlier this month, a lot of waste was produced. However, the vast majority of it never went to the landfill.
Feb. 24, 2015
National Science Foundation Director Visits The Valley
The head of a federal agency in charge of more than $7 billion in grant money said the way that money is distributed to researchers is about to change. Those changes could affect everything from wildfire studies to computer sciences.
Feb. 23, 2015
ASU Workshop Hopes To Inspire And Increase Use Of Rehabilitation Robotics
Engineers are playing a greater role in the field of medicine. A workshop at ASU, now drawing hundreds of professionals, aims to improve interaction between medical practitioners and technology.
Feb. 17, 2015
New Report Predicts Southwest Will Become Drier Than Ever
A report released last week predicts the worst drought in history in on the way for the central and southwest United States. And some of the data for the report came from an unlikely source.
Feb. 17, 2015
Paleoanthropologist Don Johanson Remembers Lucy, His Famous Fossil Discovery
Forty years ago, one of the most significant discoveries in the study of human evolution was made in Ethiopia. It was the fossilized remains of a human ancestor more than 3 million years old. But you probably know her as Lucy.
Feb. 12, 2015
Fourth Year Of AZ SciTech Festival Officially Underway
The Fourth Annual Arizona SciTech Festival officially kicked off Wednesday, launching more than 800 science, technology, engineering and math events taking place statewide over the next few months.
Feb. 11, 2015
NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Reveals Photos As It Draws Closer To Pluto
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has released a kind of tease — the first photos from its Pluto mission.
Feb. 5, 2015
Desert Animal Relocation Efforts Often Prove Unsuccessful
As desert landscapes are modified by development and climate change, original residents often have to be moved. However, common animal relocation efforts often don’t succeed and a new report offers a possible solution.
Feb. 2, 2015
Super Bowl Showcases Several Sustainability Efforts
The Super Bowl claims to be the most sustainability-driven championship game of all sports. But what does that mean?
Jan. 29, 2015