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Research Ties Urban Flu Patterns to Population Density, Climate

Researchers say there's more to the spread of flu than the expected seasonal patterns.

Scientists Put Forward Candidate For First Known Exomoon

If confirmed the discovery would be considered the first of its kind, scientists say.

NASA Mission Passes Key Milestone With Yuma Parachute Test

The agency can now give the Orion parachute system the go-ahead for flights with astronauts.

Study Warns Against Taking Endangered Mexican Wolf North of Historical Range

Researchers warn that going beyond range could threaten decades of conservation and recovery efforts.

UA Tree-Ring Research Narrows Window for Massive Bronze Age Eruption

Newer methods helped close the gap on an ancient explosion that dimmed the sun across the Eastern Mediterranean.

Research Reveals Climate-Driven Bird Collapse in Mojave Desert

Deserts globally have borne the brunt of warming and drying over the past 50 years.

Giant Strainer Seeks to Clean Up Oceanic Garbage Patches

An Arizona researcher says it's only one approach to an dire problem that requires a variety of mitigation strategies.

Study: Droughts Are Growing Hotter Under Climate Change

Stressors may include environmental and social impacts of drought and heatwaves, driving more frequent wildfires, worsening air quality and stressing crops and livestock.

Arizona Among States Likely to Overprescribe Opioids for Ankle Sprains

Opioids are not a first-line treatment for ankle-sprains, yet their use is common in nine states.

Scientists Discover Liquid Lake Under Mars Ice

Arizona researcher suggests it's the strongest evidence of liquid water so far.

Seven Arizona Small Businesses Receive NASA Funding

Two Tucson businesses were among 348 awardees sharing $43.5 million.

Mars 2020 Rover Mission to Include Scout Helicopter

NASA will test the aircraft's feasibility with up to five flights in 30 days and use it for mission planning and rover navigation.

Do You Tan or Burn? What Genes Say About Your Skin in the Sun

A genetic study could help predict who gets skin cancer, made more likely by severe childhood sunburns.

Space Dust Dings OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft

Mission on target to encounter asteroid this year, return sample to Earth in 2023.

UA Student's Non-Opioid Pain Relief Research Highlighted in DC

Lindsey Chew's work is leading her to pursue a physician-scientist career path.

Lifeblood of the Desert: Salt River Project Team Turns to ASU Robots to Maintain Canals

The infrastructure poses unique technical and personnel challenges, which could be made more efficient with robotics.

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