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4 rare pygmy owls successfully hatch at Phoenix Zoo
The cactus ferruginous pygmy owl's range has been declining since the '70s.
Lowell Observatory marks 125th anniversary with 3-day celebration
The Flagstaff observatory, which took part in confirming the expansion of the universe, has embarked on a multiyear expansion plan.
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Plans Tucson Memory Center
The 10,000-square-foot Toole Family Memory Center will house research as well as patient and family services.
Asteroid Sample Helps Settle Which Scientific Theories Hold Water
Research at ASU suggests a family of common, silicon-rich asteroids could hold enough water to fill half the Earth's oceans.
NASA Announces First Detection of ‘Marsquake’
While scientists had picked up vibrations before, the recent detection was the first clearly coming from the planet.
Who Touched It First? Most People Say, ‘I Did’
A researcher says the experiment in perception can help people be more understanding about others' perspective.
Biodiversity Roadmap Calls For Conserving Ecosystems to Save the World
An author of the study says preservation is essential to meeting carbon goals and to stabilizing vital, interconnected systems.
ASU Expert: Too Soon to Call Philippine Remains New Homo Species
While the discovery of the remains is important, the declaration of a new species is problematic, says Bill Kimbel.
Study Confirms Mexican Wolf Status, Changes Red Wolf Classification
The study recommends maintaining the wolf's endangered subspecies status, which it may be stripped of.
Western Wildlife Agencies Finalize Monarch Butterfly Plan
The group, which includes Arizona Game and Fish have a conservation plan for the butterflies, which have seen plummeting populations.
No Joke, Researchers Try to Decode What Makes Words Funny
Nothing says "humor" like semantic predictors from a computational language model.
NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Landing Site
The 28-mile-wide Jezero crater, site of an ancient stream-fed lake, lies near Mars's equator.
NASA Bids Farewell to Kepler, Pioneering Planet Hunter
After nine years and more than 500,000 stars observed, the space telescope is retiring.
Crowdsourcing Moral Dilemmas to Guide Self-Driving Cars
A new study seeks to understand how the public sees life-and-death decisions encountered on the road.
Mars Water Could Support Oxygen-Breathing Microbes
Simple, multicellular life, such as sponges, could survive in briny waters near the surface of the planet.
Research Ties Urban Flu Patterns to Population Density, Climate
Researchers say there's more to the spread of flu than the expected seasonal patterns.
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