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 Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society has published a searchable map where you can find parks and recreational areas that are supported by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), including nearly 40 Arizona sites.

The map also gives information about funding by project and county.

NASA Releases New Data on California’s ‘Rain Debt’

Jul 30, 2015
NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio

A new NASA study examines 36 years of precipitation patterns in California.

Researchers are using this information to learn more about the current drought and how much precipitation it would take to quench a thirsty state.

How Biologists Plan To Save Endangered Sonoran Pronghorn

Jul 29, 2015
Arizona Game and Fish Department

Pronghorn once roamed North America by the millions, but human activity fragmented the species into four distinctive types, one of which makes its home in the desert Southwest.

The Sonoran pronghorn is light, fast and adapted for life in the desert, but just over a decade ago they were all but wiped out due to a severe drought. Now, efforts to help the endangered animal make a comeback are proving successful.

Amanda Solliday-KAWC

Engineers classified I-10 bridge that washed out in California Sunday as “functionally obsolete.” But what does that really mean?

The Federal Highway Administration defines functionally obsolete as “does not meet current design standards (for criteria such as lane width), either because the volume of traffic carried by the bridge exceeds the level anticipated when the bridge was constructed and/or the relevant design standards have been revised.”

Invasive Palm Weevil Spotted In Arizona

Jul 20, 2015
Pest and Diseases Image Library, Bugwood.org

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the first confirmed sighting in Arizona of an insect pest that can damage and kill palms.

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