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Glyptodonts were giant armadillo-like creatures that went extinct with the last Ice Age. But not before they traveled across the land bridge from South America; some ending up in the Arizona desert near Safford. That's where scientists recently found a pair of their enormous skeletons, remarkably preserved. 


Have cellphone, will travel: that’s the mantra in today’s device-driven world. Now, with a smartphone camera and a special app, a new project is providing virtual tours of archaeological sites in northern Arizona.


USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

A new research project at Northern Arizona University will find out if coyotes, as well as dogs, are spreading ticks infected with Rocky Mountain spotted fever.


NAU/Jackie Thomas

Scientists are trying to project what mule deer on the Kaibab Plateau might need in order to survive a changing climate. The herd lives on a forested "sky island" - an elevated area surrounded by different low-land environments. If the future holds warmer, drier conditions, how would food sources and hiding places change for the deer? That's what Spatial Ecologist Jackie Thomas is trying to find out.

CDC

A new initiative at Northern Arizona University recruits the help of the public to map the spread of tick-borne diseases.


Westerners used to use all kinds of markers to identify the locations of mining claims, such as wooden posts and large stone cairns. The modern way is easy: sink an un-capped PVC pipe into the ground. It’s easy and effective. But there’s a dark side to these innocuous plastic tubes.


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LIGO technology is enabling astronomers to listen to the sounds of the universe through gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of time and space. 


Prescott Police Department

Two Arizona police departments are using new surveys to try to raise awareness of domestic violence.

The Daily Courier reports that the Prescott and Prescott Valley police departments worked with Northern Arizona University to develop the Domestic Violence Lethality-Risk Assessment. It has two parts: One survey intended to be administered by a police officer and another that can be used as a self-assessment.

Ryan Heinsius

The Flagstaff City Council is considering rezoning a plot of land slated for the construction of a large-scale student-oriented housing complex. But a petition submitted by local residents who oppose the project could block the rezoning. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Dogs have long been used to sniff out bombs, drugs and bodies. Now, a forest ecologist at Northern Arizona University is enlisting the help of scent-detecting dogs to locate bat colonies. Carol Chambers is testing the idea in the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, working with dogs trained to pick up the scent of bat guano. 


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