Arizona Science Desk

Reporting on science, technology and innovation in Arizona and the Southwest through a collaboration from Arizona NPR member stations. This project is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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The Orion project is planned to take humans to Mars but before that can happen, NASA wants to send astronauts to the moon for the first time in decades.  The space agency recently came to Yuma Proving Ground to test the parachute system for that capsule.  Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk was on site…

Wildlife conservationists say the existing barriers along the U.S. Mexico border are already detrimental to wildlife.  U.S. Congressman Raúl Grijalva told Arizona Science Desk reporter Maya Springhawk Robnett President Donald Trump’s proposed uninterrupted wall would be worse for wildlife and for people…

Wildlife conservationists say the existing barriers along the U.S. Mexico border are already detrimental to wildlife.  U.S. Congressman Raúl Grijalva told Arizona Science Desk reporter Maya Springhawk Robnett President Donald Trump’s proposed uninterrupted wall would be worse...

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Southwestern agriculture experts are focused on a plant disease that threatens American lettuce fields. Researchers presented methods to combat the disease at a recent conference in Yuma. Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports…

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Water levels in Lake Mead, which stores water for Arizona, California, and Nevada, have plunged in recent years.  If levels drop below a certain point, they trigger an official shortage.  But as Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports, the three states are trying to avoid that…

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