Arizona Science Desk

Reporting on science, technology and innovation in Arizona and the Southwest through a collaboration from Arizona NPR member stations. This project is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Additional stories from the Arizona Science Desk are posted at our collaborating station, KJZZ:

Sara Hammond / AZPM

The Santa Cruz River is a big reason why Tucson exists, and has for thousands of years. But, like other desert waterways, the river doesn't always flow. Reuse of treated wastewater is bringing sections of the riverbed to life.

Lifeblood of the Desert: Is Tech the Answer to Yuma Water Woes?

Apr 11, 2018
Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

In Yuma, Arizona, the Colorado River is not what it was.  For thousands of years, its raging water deposited rich soil in the delta, creating one of the most verdant agricultural areas in the world.  Today, the river flow is 1 percent of what it was a century ago, but agriculture continues to thrive even as the water needed to maintain it dwindles due to over-allocation and drought. 

International Water Conference Continues in Yuma

Jan 26, 2018
Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

An international waterfront conference is taking place in Yuma through the weekend.  For the Arizona Science Desk, Maya Springhawk Robnett reports…

NASA's Orion Capsule Parachute Test Postponed, then Successful

Dec 22, 2017

The most recent test for NASA’s Orion capsule parachute system at the Yuma Proving Ground was postponed for two days.  But a successful test did (eventually) take place.  Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk was at the Yuma Proving Ground for the test…

Chris Parish / The Peregrine Fund

No one hunts the California Condor, one of the largest flying birds in the world.  But the endangered bird has a problem only hunters can solve.  Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports…