Science

Turning the tide against malaria

After decades of research, testing and development, the world may finally have a vaccine to turn the tide against malaria. The new malaria vaccine, also known as RTS,S or by its brand name Mosquirix, was developed by GlaxoSmithKline. Read more

UA COVID-19 Test Tracker

Daily (12/8)
669 11 1.6%
Total (8/2)
66,070 1,065 1.6%
Includes tests since August 2, 2021
Data from https://covid19.arizona.edu/updates
Updated December 8, 2021

Sirius: a bright inspiration in the sky

Every night as you lay to sleep there lies a sky just beyond your roof, full of millions of luminous spheres of plasma, or rather stars. “Sirius,” a star that lies in the Canis Major Constellation, is the brightest star in our sky. Sirius is so bright that despite the massive amounts of light pollution, it can be seen by the naked eye across the U.S.  Read more

Stuck at home and bored? Start making your own masks

For those searching for a DIY quarantine activity, making your own masks may be the solution. Mask-making is a fun activity that goes a long way toward preventing the need to quarantine, helping the environment and allowing people to do everyday activities safely. Read more

What experts say about mental health during times of social and political tension

With an upcoming presidential election in November, social unrest resulting from acts of police brutality and violence, animosity within COVID-19 debates and decision-making and much more, it is clear to many: Things are tense.  In a politically divided America, tension has always existed, but at this point in time, many are becoming overwhelmed to the point of crisis fatigue, depression, anxiety and high-stress related mental health issues.  Read more

A poopy situation: The proactive use of wastewater testing as a leading indicator of infection

Last week, to the surprise of many around the country, the University of Arizona announced that it was able to use wastewater testing to mitigate a potential future outbreak of COVID-19. When a sample of wastewater came back positive from the Likins Residence Hall, the UA tested all of the dorm's 311 residents and found two asymptomatic students who tested positive and were immediately quarantined. Read more

CDC reverses 'very concerning' guidelines regarding who test for COVID-19

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention modified its guidance regarding who to test for COVID-19 — a move that has sparked controversy from those in the scientific community. The agency said that people who are asymptomatic do not need to be tested for COVID-19 when that same cohort of individuals make up nearly half of those who are infected, according to that same agency. Read more