Science and Technology

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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KNAU and Arizona News
5:22 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

New State Law Raises Math Bar

Appoose

Beginning this year, high school seniors in Arizona will have to clear another hurdle before winning their diplomas.

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Earth Notes
4:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Earth Notes: Arizona’s Water Sentinels

Sentinels sampling water

People have been pitching in to help out some of Arizona’s endangered rivers—and they’re starting to make waves.

The Water Sentinels program got its start in 2006 as part of the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter.

Members say they grew tired of seeing local streams degraded by pollution, or “reduced to bone-dry washes” because of dams, diversions, and pumping.

Now more than 100 regular volunteers work on two main rivers—the Verde and the Salt.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Documentary on PBS highlights pioneering research by NAU ecology team

NAU biology professor Tom Whitham describes cottonwood cuttings in the greenhouse at Northern Arizona University.
Shelley Smithson

A documentary airing on public television stations around the country this month will feature a team of researchers from Northern Arizona University.

Their pioneering work is changing the way scientists understand relationships in nature. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

More parents reject vaccines in Coconino County as kids head back to school

Moran Henn picks tomatoes with her 5-year-old daughter. Henn chose not to vaccinate her children against chickenpox, whooping cough and hepatitis.
Shelley Smithson

With school starting this month, nurses in Flagstaff have been busy giving students their shots.  But a growing number of parents in Coconino County are opting not to immunize their children.   Public-health officials fear this could mean the resurgence of diseases that were disappearing.  

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Study raises questions about Arizona immigration law and public health

By Stethoscopes

Arizona’s controversial immigration law could go into effect soon now that the Supreme Court has upheld parts of Senate Bill 1070.

And that has many undocumented immigrants in Northern Arizona feeling anxious.

But some health-care providers in Flagstaff are also worried.

They’re concerned the law could keep immigrants away from the doctor’s office and jeopardize public health.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:53 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Flagstaff Geologist Wins Highest Presidential Science Award For Early Career Research

Dr. Justin Hagerty shows off his science award, freshly signed by President Obama.
Gillian Ferris Kohl KNAU

Last month, President Obama handed out the most prestigious science award for young researchers. The Presidential Early Career Award honors science and engineering professionals in the beginning stages of their research careers. One of the recipients was 38 year old Flagstaff geologist, Justin Hagerty. His work focused on studying the evolution of the moon, particularly the dark side of the moon.

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