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Earth Notes
5:00 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Earth Notes: Nature, Teaching Quietly

Nature makes people feel better. Studies have shown that hospital patients who can see a natural scene from their window—or even an image of nature—typically heal faster than those cut off from the outdoors.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:37 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Inventory of Native Pollinators Aids Climate Change Research

A pan trap at the mixed conifer site below the San Francisco Peaks.
Credit Melissa Sevigny

Honeybees have been in the news lately because they’re disappearing. They’re crucial to food production, but they’re not native to North America. Now some scientists are turning their attention to the importance and health of native pollinators. Researchers are using the elevation of the San Francisco Peaks to study how local insects might respond to a warming global climate.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu June 25, 2015

House Bill Would Expedite Forest Health Projects on Federal Lands

A wildland firefighter burns grasses with a drip torch during a prescribed burn at the Gus Pearson Natural Area in the Ft. Valley Experimental Forest on the Coconino National Forest.
Credit Jake Bacon/Ecological Restoration Institute

A bill making its way through Congress is designed to speed up the process of forest restoration and recovery projects on federal lands. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the Resilient Federal Forests Act would streamline the process of combating catastrophic wildfire.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:45 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Brain Food: Did The Earth Just Move?

A map of Arizona's seismic hot spots
Credit Arizona Earthquake Information Center

This region is not a place known for powerful earthquakes, but over the last year or so, there have been some memorable ones: the kind that wake you from a sound sleep and set your heart racing. Are they leading up to something bigger? Geologist Paul Umhoefer doesn't think so.

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Southwest Book Reviews
4:23 am
Tue June 23, 2015

KNAU's Southwest Book Review: Denice Turner's "Worthy"

Denice Turner's new memoir "Worthy" (2015)
Credit University of Nevada Press

The premise of Denice Turner's new memoir Worthy is about being raised in a Mormon household in suburban Utah, trying to find her place in the Church. But it's also about Turner's struggle to win the love and acceptance of her mother: a woman whose severe bipolar disorder was repeatedly misdiagnosed throughout her lifetime. That theme is what caught the interest of KNAU's Southwest Book Reviewer Mary Sojourner, and it ended up bringing the two writers together in a very cathartic way.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:43 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Scientists Call for a Moratorium on Unconventional Oil

A group of scientists is calling for a moratorium on the development of tar sands and oil shale in North America. The Colorado River Basin contains the largest untapped deposits of oil shale in the world.

More than 100 scientists have asked policy leaders to consider the potential global impacts of developing tar sands and oil shale. They say the carbon-intensive extraction process is incompatible with limiting climate change.

Thomas Sisk, an ecology professor at Northern Arizona University, is one of the lead authors.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:43 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Juneteenth Freedom Reflections

"Reading the Emancipation Proclamation", drawing by H.W. Herrick (1864)
Credit Cornell University Library

In a couple of weeks, the country will celebrate Independence Day - the commemoration of freedom from British rule. Today, however, marks the worldwide celebration of another Independence Day, "Juneteenth". It commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 and the nearly 3 year delayed notification to many former slaves that they were, in fact, free. It was a time when rebellious slave holders relocated their operations to more remote parts of the country, including the Southwest, so they could continue to practice slavery illegally. Tomorrow, a group of students and faculty at Northern Arizona University will host a Juneteenth celebration, and in this audio postcard they share with us what freedom means to them.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:45 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Brain Food: Arizona's First Infrastructure Report Card

AZ highway system
Credit sundt.com

Arizona's infrastructure report card is in, and the news is...average. The American Society of Civil Engineers has - for the first time - graded the state's dams, bridges, railways, airports, roadways and water systems.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:52 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Supreme Court Redistricting Decision Could Affect 2016 CD1 Race

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.
Credit Courtesy

A U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding redistricting is expected to be announced this month. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it has many in Arizona looking ahead to the 2016 general election.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:02 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Brain Food: Flagstaff Geneticist Suspects Anthrax 'Lazarus Effect'

Microscopic Anthrax spores
Credit Nature Publishing Group

Military officials regularly run safety tests for on-base Anthrax detectors. Normally, they use "dead" samples of the dangerous bacteria - deactivated by massive doses of radiation, but recently it was discovered there were some live spores within batches of Anthrax shipped by the Pentagon. Flagstaff geneticist Paul Keim suspects the microorganisms might be able to bring themselves back from the dead.

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