Science and Innovation

National Park Service

Scientists have made the first-ever map of how tamarisk beetles have spread into the Grand Canyon from other states. The leaf-eating beetles were introduced to control the invasive trees. But as KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, they weren’t supposed to survive as far south as Arizona.

Ryan Heinsius

Flagstaff residents and visitors can now use a smartphone app to borrow a bright orange bicycle. The six-month pilot program is run by a company called Spin, in partnership with the City of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

Richard Spitzer

For the first time a bat has recovered from its status as an endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to de-list Arizona’s lesser long-nosed bat. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

Rick Johnson

Hundreds of cities worldwide plan to host the second annual “March for Science” this Saturday. It’s expected to be smaller and quieter than last year’s march, when more than one million people took to the streets. But organizers say it’s about keeping up the momentum. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with two local coordinators of Flagstaff’s march.  


Melissa Sevigny

Arizona’s Verde River has a lot of competing uses: city dwellers, farmers, kayakers and environmentalists all want its water in different ways. But a new project aims to unite everyone over a glass of beer. A farm in Camp Verde has planted a crop of malt barley, to conserve water and give Arizona breweries a key ingredient to craft a truly local beer. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports. 

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