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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U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Some public toilets in America’s state and national parks have open ventilation pipes that wildlife often mistake for burrows. Many die trapped in outhouse basements.  For the Arizona Science Desk, Maya Springhawk Robnett reports…

Centers for Disease Control

The Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded $3 million to rural communities in eight states to reduce opioid overdoses.  Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports…

Courtesy of Romeo Durscher/NASA

The excitement has been building for weeks and weeks. On Monday, August 21st the solar eclipse will finally be here. It will darken the skies along a path from Oregon to South Carolina. It's the first eclipse that will be seen from coast to coast in 99 years. Millions will don special glasses or watch through pinhole projectors. Eclipse enthusiasts say totality never disappoints. Follow the astronomical phenomenon's journey across America along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.

KAWC Colorado River Public Media

The health of the Latino population is a priority for the Mexican Consulate in Yuma, who recently contributed thousands of dollars to support a mobile clinic outreach program.  Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports…

Yuma, Arizona provides the majority of winter leafy greens in the U.S. and Salinas, California grows those same crops in the summer.  When harvest periods in the two areas don’t align, it can create a lettuce shortage—like the one that just ended.  For the Arizona Science Desk, Maya Springhawk Robnett reports…

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