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UA gets $35.5M to support semiconductor manufacturing
The University of Arizona College of Engineering was awarded $35.5 million in funding to expand a facility that supports semiconductor manufacturing, workforce training and research.
Nov. 10, 2023
Vaping, teen tobacco use down nationally — but not in AZ
Tobacco use among high school students fell significantly last year, from 16.5% to 12.6%. But state epidemiologists report only an insignificant downward blip in high-schoolers using electronic vaping products (a broader category that includes e-cigarettes and vapes).
Nov. 10, 2023
Bird society to rename all birds named after people
The American Ornithological Society says it will change the nonscientific names of all birds named after people, such as Arizona’s familiar Gambels’ quail and Cooper’s hawk. The group will also remove names deemed offensive or exclusionary.
Nov. 10, 2023
Arizona heading into peak Valley fever season
Arizona is entering peak Valley fever season. The state has seen some unusual patterns in the fungal disease over the past few years, including a spike in late July. KJZZ’s Arizona Science Desk looks back at 2022.
Nov. 10, 2023
Gilbert rolls out Arizonas first electric fire truck
The Gilbert Fire & Rescue Department has added the state’s first electric fire truck to its fleet. SRP granted the department a $20,000 rebate for the vehicle’s charger and kicked in $10,000 toward the truck itself.
Nov. 9, 2023
Arizona court leaders cheer Chandlers online chat feature
The online chat feature was made permanent in July, and now Chandler city court has been recognized by state court leadership for advancing the use of technology.
Nov. 9, 2023
Syphilis cases in babies up tenfold in 10 years
The CDC says cases of syphilis among newborns have risen more than tenfold in the past decade. Nine out of 10 of those cases were likely preventable. Arizona’s statewide outbreak has seen a nearly 450% rise in syphilis cases since 2015.
Nov. 8, 2023
Saguaro Land: Engineering students compete in solar oven challenge
Byron Hempel, a professor of practice in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Arizona, spoke with The Show about a solar oven throw down with 400 engineering students.
Nov. 8, 2023
Fecal bacteria shuts down portions of Lake Mead area
Some of Lake Mead’s recreation areas are closed indefinitely due to high levels of fecal bacteria in Arizona Hot Springs. Spokesman John Haynes said that while people have been known to relieve themselves in the water, routine testing discovered the contamination late last week.
Nov. 7, 2023
As Biden promotes hydrogen fuel, heres how it fits into the clean-energy future
The Show spoke with Julie McNamara, deputy policy director for the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, about her questions surrounding hydrogen hubs and how they will work.
Nov. 7, 2023
Arizona says recycling sewage for drinking water is inevitable
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality released its roadmap to provide standards for treating sewage water to directly turn it into drinking water.
Nov. 6, 2023
CDC: Increase tuberculosis testing, treatment
Up to 13 million people in the U.S. could have latent tuberculosis. Now, the CDC is calling for the medical community to be more aggressive in TB testing and treatment.
Nov. 6, 2023
Collision that led to moons formation may be cause for blobs in Earths mantle
The blobs, below where Africa and the Pacific Ocean are located, have eluded scientists for decades.
Nov. 5, 2023
Dispelling some myths about Arizonas javelina
To learn more about the often misunderstood javelina, The Show talked to Alexandra Flickinger, public affairs community liaison with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Nov. 3, 2023
Flu cases on the rise across Arizona
Flu activity is on the rise nationally and across the state. The Arizona health department reported 190 new cases this week, bringing the seasonal total to 627.
Nov. 3, 2023
OSIRIS-APEX mission to pick up where OSIRS-REx mission left off
The OSIRIS-REx mission delivered a sample it gathered from the asteroid Bennu to Earth in late September — but that’s not the end of the spacecraft.
Nov. 2, 2023
CDC updates hepatitis C guidelines to include some young children
In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released universal screening recommendations for hepatitis C in adults, including those who are pregnant.
Nov. 2, 2023
Alzheimer’s unduly affects Black Americans, but that isn’t reflected in clinical trials
Black Americans make up about 13% of the U.S. population but account for close to 20% of people with Alzheimer's disease. But only 3% of Blacks are represented in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs.
Nov. 1, 2023
Metas celebrity chatbots could blur the line between AI and real people
Meta reportedly paid millions for some of the biggest names around to “act out” different AI characters that you can chat with. The Show spoke with Arizona State University communications professor Liesel Sharabi about what it means.
Oct. 31, 2023
$8 million in grants to reduce AZ wildfire risk
The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management has awarded nearly $8 million in grants to help reduce the risk of wildfire.
Oct. 31, 2023

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