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  • WATCH: Rare corpse flower blooms at Tucson Botanical Gardens

    WATCH: Rare corpse flower blooms at Tucson Botanical Gardens

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:01 AM EDT2018-04-24 13:01:26 GMT

    The Tucson Botanical Gardens, for the first time ever, will have a corpse flower bloom on property. 

    The Tucson Botanical Gardens, for the first time ever, will have a corpse flower bloom on property. 

  • Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

    Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

    Friday, April 20 2018 2:24 AM EDT2018-04-20 06:24:25 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:31 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:31:39 GMT
    (Kyodo News via AP). CORRECTS YEAR - In this April 19, 2018, photo, volcanic smoke billows from Mt. Io, foreground, part of the Kirishima mountain range on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu, taken over Ebino city, Miyazaki prefecture. The Meteorol...(Kyodo News via AP). CORRECTS YEAR - In this April 19, 2018, photo, volcanic smoke billows from Mt. Io, foreground, part of the Kirishima mountain range on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu, taken over Ebino city, Miyazaki prefecture. The Meteorol...
    A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and the authorities have set up a no-go zone around the mountain.
    A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and the authorities have set up a no-go zone around the mountain.
  • Bat key to tequila trade gets off US endangered species list

    Bat key to tequila trade gets off US endangered species list

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 2:40 PM EDT2018-04-17 18:40:20 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 8:46 PM EDT2018-04-21 00:46:53 GMT
    (Richard Spitzer/U.S. Fish and Wildlife via AP, file). FILE - This 2013 file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife shows nectar-feeding lesser long-nosed bats attracted to a hummingbird feeder during a citizen science bat migration monitoring pr...(Richard Spitzer/U.S. Fish and Wildlife via AP, file). FILE - This 2013 file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife shows nectar-feeding lesser long-nosed bats attracted to a hummingbird feeder during a citizen science bat migration monitoring pr...
    Wildlife managers in the American Southwest say a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila has made a comeback and is being removed from the U.S. endangered species list.
    Wildlife managers in the American Southwest say a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila has made a comeback and is being removed from the U.S. endangered species list.
  • Gross: Farm breeds 6 billion roaches a year for medicine

    Gross: Farm breeds 6 billion roaches a year for medicine

    Friday, April 20 2018 9:09 AM EDT2018-04-20 13:09:02 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 12:03 PM EDT2018-04-20 16:03:48 GMT

    The roaches are part of a booming traditional Chinese medicine industry. Their ground-up powdered remains are also used to treat burns, and experts claim roach milk is very nutritious.

    The roaches are part of a booming traditional Chinese medicine industry. Their ground-up powdered remains are also used to treat burns, and experts claim roach milk is very nutritious.

  • Scientists build robot that assembles Ikea chair

    Scientists build robot that assembles Ikea chair

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:38 AM EDT2018-04-19 12:38:02 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:12 AM EDT2018-04-19 15:12:21 GMT
    The robot uses 3D camera technology and algorithms can assemble a chair in less than 9 minutes. (Source: NTU Singapore)The robot uses 3D camera technology and algorithms can assemble a chair in less than 9 minutes. (Source: NTU Singapore)

    The robot uses 3D camera technology and can assemble a chair in less than 9 minutes.

    The robot uses 3D camera technology and can assemble a chair in less than 9 minutes.

  • NASA satellite to search for habitable planets

    NASA satellite to search for habitable planets

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 7:00 AM EDT2018-04-17 11:00:46 GMT
    Tuesday, April 17 2018 7:00 AM EDT2018-04-17 11:00:46 GMT
    NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), shown here in a conceptual illustration, will identify exoplanets orbiting the brightest stars just outside our solar system. (Source: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), shown here in a conceptual illustration, will identify exoplanets orbiting the brightest stars just outside our solar system. (Source: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)

    Ultimately, the satellite will help pave the way toward discovering whether life exists – or could exist – on other planets.

    Ultimately, the satellite will help pave the way toward discovering whether life exists – or could exist – on other planets.

  • Scientists engineer plastic-eating enzyme

    Scientists engineer plastic-eating enzyme

    Monday, April 16 2018 10:41 PM EDT2018-04-17 02:41:44 GMT
    Monday, April 16 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-04-17 02:54:38 GMT
    A new substance that degrades plastic could help address environmental pollution. (Source: Pixabay)A new substance that degrades plastic could help address environmental pollution. (Source: Pixabay)

    A new substance that “eats” plastic could take a major bite out of global pollution.

    A new substance that “eats” plastic could take a major bite out of global pollution.

  • Arizona now has a state dinosaur thanks to an 11-year-old from Scottsdale

    Arizona now has a state dinosaur thanks to an 11-year-old from Scottsdale

    Thursday, April 12 2018 9:13 AM EDT2018-04-12 13:13:24 GMT
    Thursday, April 12 2018 9:34 AM EDT2018-04-12 13:34:04 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Arizona now has a state dinosaur thanks to an 11-year-old boy from Scottsdale. Jax Weldon, a student at Hopi Elementary School, wrote a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey making the case for a state dinosaur for Arizona.

    Arizona now has a state dinosaur thanks to an 11-year-old boy from Scottsdale. Jax Weldon, a student at Hopi Elementary School, wrote a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey making the case for a state dinosaur for Arizona.

  • ASU creates shoe box-sized spacecraft to study planets

    ASU creates shoe box-sized spacecraft to study planets

    Thursday, April 5 2018 4:52 PM EDT2018-04-05 20:52:00 GMT
    Thursday, April 5 2018 4:52 PM EDT2018-04-05 20:52:00 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    ASU researchers are building a spacecraft the size and shape of a shoebox to learn more about potentially habitable planets beyond our solar system.

    ASU researchers are building a spacecraft the size and shape of a shoebox to learn more about potentially habitable planets beyond our solar system.

  • Drought causing dry conditions across Arizona

    Drought causing dry conditions across Arizona

    Thursday, March 22 2018 9:22 AM EDT2018-03-22 13:22:11 GMT
    (Source: National Integrated Drought Information System)(Source: National Integrated Drought Information System)
    (Source: National Integrated Drought Information System)(Source: National Integrated Drought Information System)

    Fernando Molina from Tucson Water said despite the current drought conditions, Tucson residents don't have to worry about the water supply.  

    Fernando Molina from Tucson Water said despite the current drought conditions, Tucson residents don't have to worry about the water supply.  

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  • Police: Tucson man assaulted and kidnapped; still missing

    Police: Tucson man assaulted and kidnapped; still missing

    Friday, April 27 2018 12:46 AM EDT2018-04-27 04:46:15 GMT
    Timothy Abriola (Source: Tucson Police Department)Timothy Abriola (Source: Tucson Police Department)

    Police say an AutoZone on 13th Avenue and Irvington Road was the site of a troubling crime early Thursday morning. 

    Police say an AutoZone on 13th Avenue and Irvington Road was the site of a troubling crime early Thursday morning. 

  • ONLY ON KOLD: The worst road in Pima County and why you may be paying for it

    ONLY ON KOLD: The worst road in Pima County and why you may be paying for it

    Thursday, April 26 2018 10:45 PM EDT2018-04-27 02:45:47 GMT
    The five-mile stretch of Ruby Road near Arivaca was once called "the worst maintained" road in Pima County. The county has spent a lot of money to try to fix it. (Source: Tucson News Now)The five-mile stretch of Ruby Road near Arivaca was once called "the worst maintained" road in Pima County. The county has spent a lot of money to try to fix it. (Source: Tucson News Now)
    The five-mile stretch of Ruby Road near Arivaca was once called "the worst maintained" road in Pima County. The county has spent a lot of money to try to fix it. (Source: Tucson News Now)The five-mile stretch of Ruby Road near Arivaca was once called "the worst maintained" road in Pima County. The county has spent a lot of money to try to fix it. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    A five-mile stretch of Ruby Road near Arivaca was once called "the worst maintained" road in Pima County. The county has spent plenty to try to fix it but thinks someone else should be on the hook the next time.

    A five-mile stretch of Ruby Road near Arivaca was once called "the worst maintained" road in Pima County. The county has spent plenty to try to fix it but thinks someone else should be on the hook the next time.

  • Teachers say walk out will continue as long as needed

    Teachers say walk out will continue as long as needed

    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:18 PM EDT2018-04-27 03:18:21 GMT

    More than a thousand teachers, supporters and staff lined Broadway at Congress and Granada amid a sea honking horns, cheers and waves as the cars passed by showing their support. The teachers promised to paint the street red and they didn't disappoint. 

    More than a thousand teachers, supporters and staff lined Broadway at Congress and Granada amid a sea honking horns, cheers and waves as the cars passed by showing their support. The teachers promised to paint the street red and they didn't disappoint. 

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  • 'Extreme pain': Teen found stabbed, burned alive

    'Extreme pain': Teen found stabbed, burned alive

    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:24 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:24:51 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:09 AM EDT2018-04-26 15:09:23 GMT
    Police said a 911 caller thought he saw the body of Tyrell Holmes crawling on the ground while still on fire. Holmes died from smoke inhalation, thermal injuries and stab wounds. (Source: WFMX/CNN)Police said a 911 caller thought he saw the body of Tyrell Holmes crawling on the ground while still on fire. Holmes died from smoke inhalation, thermal injuries and stab wounds. (Source: WFMX/CNN)

    Police said a 911 caller thought he saw the body of Tyrell Holmes crawling on the ground while still on fire. Holmes died from smoke inhalation, thermal injuries and stab wounds.

    Police said a 911 caller thought he saw the body of Tyrell Holmes crawling on the ground while still on fire. Holmes died from smoke inhalation, thermal injuries and stab wounds.

  • Exclusive: Interview with woman who adopted OJ and Dozer

    Exclusive: Interview with woman who adopted OJ and Dozer

    Thursday, April 26 2018 6:19 PM EDT2018-04-26 22:19:09 GMT
    OJ and Dozer go for a walk Thursday after they were reunited the night before (Source: RACC)OJ and Dozer go for a walk Thursday after they were reunited the night before (Source: RACC)

    The woman who adopted OJ and Blue Dozer from Richmond Animal Care and Control is speaking for the first time after the two dogs were reunited Wednesday night. 

    The woman who adopted OJ and Blue Dozer from Richmond Animal Care and Control is speaking for the first time after the two dogs were reunited Wednesday night. 

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