Critters of the Sonoran Desert

Critters of the Sonoran Desert

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Sometimes the desert in Arizona gets so hot you have to wonder how other animals get by without the benefit of cooling sunshades. Yet, for centuries Sonoran wildlife has developed and adapted to the extremes of desert temperatures. Part of their strategy is similar to ours – get in the shade for a simple, natural cool. Other fauna is crepuscular …

How Does Climate Change Affect the Sonoran Desert?

How Does Climate Change Affect the Sonoran Desert?

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Here in the Sonoran Desert, we’re used to extremes of hot and dry weather. Sometimes, this can make the reality of climate change seem abstract and hard to see, but rising global temperatures are setting into motion a cascade of drastic changes to ecosystems and weather patterns. From the severe polar vortex winter storms striking the Midwest to the widespread …

The Relationship Between Cactuses and Ants in the Sonoran Desert

The Relationship Between Cactuses and Ants in the Sonoran Desert

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Have you ever wondered how the native cacti of the Sonoran Desert can survive the hot, arid challenges of Arizona summer? It turns out that many cacti get by with a little help from their friends. In an evolved connection, cacti thrive in conjunction with colonies of ants, both specially adapted to benefit the other. The Generous Cactus Looking close …

Understanding Vitamin D

Understanding Vitamin D

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Our body needs vitamins to grow, heal and function well. Vitamins permeate our food, where we consume them and let our body absorb them as nutritional content. In fact, vitamins are usually assumed to be obtained through ingestion, from vitamin-enhanced milk and cereal to a daily multivitamin that delivers a complete (or nearly complete) dose of most nutritional requirements our …

How Light Can Affect Your Emotions

How Light Can Affect Your Emotions

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If you’ve ever tried to grow a plant in a windowless room, you’ve probably learned a lesson in how important lighting is. Without a full spectrum of light, either coming from the sun or lights that mimic sunlight, most plants will fail to thrive and many will refuse to flower. Humans aren’t plants, but the way we experience light can …

UV Rays are a Threat To Your Eyes

UV Rays are a Threat To Your Eyes

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Choosing the perfect pair of sunglasses isn’t just about the look. “Many consumers make sunglasses purchases based on style and comfort, but when choosing a pair of sunglasses, it’s vital to check the label to make sure lenses are UVA/UVB protective,” said Mike Daley, the CEO of The Vision Council. “By highlighting the cumulative and irreversible damage UV overexposure can …

Why Does Sunlight Cause Colors to Fade?

Why Does Sunlight Cause Colors to Fade?

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Anyone who lives in Arizona knows the power of the sun. Exposure to sunlight really heats things up -and wears things out. Sunlight can make materials brittle, and cause them to crack, flake or warp. Exposure to sunlight can also cause colors to fade, bleaching the pigment out of bright and vivid paint, ink and dye. But how does the …

Understanding Light Speed

Understanding Light Speed

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When I was in school, I loved science – especially when it came to Physics and understanding the motions of everyday objects. All my enthusiasm however, quickly transformed into confusion, once we started talking about the nature and speed of light.  It almost seemed like “light speed” threw all the other rules and formulas out the window. While it is …

The Science of Rainbows in the Desert

The Science of Rainbows in the Desert

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Arizona’s big, clear desert skies make for some truly breathtaking phenomena. From viewing the expanse of the Milky Way to catching a Technicolor sunrise, to a spotting a brilliant rainbow after a summer monsoon, the sky’s the limit when you turn your eyes towards the heavens. As the summer rainy season approaches, Phoenicians will be treated to gorgeous, intense rainbows …