Science and Technology

KNAU and Arizona News
11:07 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Flagstaff USGS Team Helps Curiosity Rover Explore Mars

Portrait of APXS on Mars This image shows the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) on NASA's Curiosity rover, with the Martian landscape in the background.
Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, Sept. 7, 2012, PDT

Later this year, the Mars Rover Curiosity is scheduled to begin its longest road trip yet, to Mount Sharp.  That’s a three-mile-high mountain on Mars that tells the planet’s geologic history in the same way the Grand Canyon’s exposes earth’s.  But getting Curiosity to its ultimate destination depends on maps and cameras.  That’s where Flagstaff’s office of the U.S. Geological Survey comes in.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

4FRI Part 4: What Restoration Will Look and Smell Like

A Feller-Buncher
Michael Collier

Over the past several days, writers Rose Houk and Michael Collier have been reporting on the plight of our ponderosa pine forest and efforts to restore its health. In this final installment, we look at industry’s role, and what the public can expect to see when restoration gets underway.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:32 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Carving Grand Canyon: New Theories About An Old Canyon

Wayne Ranney

Flagstaff geologist Wayne Ranney discusses some new theories of how - and when - the Grand Canyon formed. The second edition of Ranney's book, Carving Grand Canyon, was recently released.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

4FRI Part 3: A Collaboration of Unlikely Partners

Aftermath of 2011 Shultz Fire
Michael Collier

The world’s largest ponderosa pine forest stretches from the San Francisco Peaks to the Arizona/New Mexico border, but now this forest is overgrown and threatened by huge fires.

In the third part of our series on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, Michael Collier reports that collaboration has been essential in dealing with the threats to the forest.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

4FRI Part 2: The Birth of a Collaboration

Fire Below Hart Prairie
Michael Collier

The ponderosa pine forest, across northern and central Arizona, looks green and healthy, but scientists say just the opposite is true. And they’ve joined with local government officials, environmentalists and industry to restore the forest’s health.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:43 am
Tue November 13, 2012

4FRI Part 1: The Problem with Our Ponderosa Forests

Kelly Canyon
Michael Collier

  

The world’s largest ponderosa pine forest stretches across higher elevations from the San Francisco Peaks to the Arizona/New Mexico border. But in the last century, human intervention has threatened its health.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Kids have fun exploring at Festival of Science

Meteorite Man, Geoffrey Notkin, (foreground) with co-star Steve Arnold. Notkin was in Flagstaff for the Festival of Science.
Caroline Palmer http://www.meteoritemen.com

Ninth grader Nate Darkins grins from ear-to-ear as he listens to a tour leader describe the Clark Telescope at Lowell Observatory.

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Local Headlines
9:27 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Flagstaff's 23rd Festival Of Science To Begin Today

The 23rd Flagstaff Festival of Science begins tonight, and this year's theme is water. Over the next ten days, there will be dozens of water-related events, including a talk by the grand daughter of legendary filmmaker, Jacques Cousteau. Arizona Public Radio's Shelley Smithson spoke with festival organizer Bonnie Stevens.

*Cousteau's talk is tonight at 7:00 at NAU's Ardrey Auditorium*

-Arizona Centennial
4:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

100 Years of the Expanding Universe

Sign on drive up to Lowell Observatory
Mark Bevis

Say you wanted to find a place in Flagstaff where a scientist made a major discovery.

It would be a good bet to start at the Lowell Observatory.

“Well right now we’re sitting inside the Clark Telescope dome at Lowell Observatory.” 

That’s Kevin Schindler.

He works at Lowell doing public outreach.

He also loves history….especially about Lowell.

And the story about Vesto M. Slipher is a good one.

“Vesto Slipher was a country boy from Indiana.”  

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Southwest Likely to be Loser Thanks to Climate Change

Despite this year’s abundant monsoon season, researchers say climate change could be pushing the Southwest into a period of sustained drought. 

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