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Saving penny makes cents for zinc-backed front group

‘Broad-based’ group created to save the penny from extinction turns out to be backed by a company that supplies metal to make the coins.... Read more»

Feds declare Az, NM gartersnakes threatened species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted threatened species status Monday to northern Mexican and narrow-headed gartersnakes, saying the animals in Arizona and New Mexico could otherwise be in danger of extinction.... Read more»

New Mars map reveals surface modified by water over much of planet's history

A new geologic map of the ancient Martian highlands produced by researchers at the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute provides new insights into the history of water modifying that planet’s surface — and shows water-related activity may still be active today.... Read more»

Only happy when it rains ... A monsoon tune playlist

Rain? We don’t mind. And neither did the Beatles. Others are only happy when it rains. If you want to see a repeat of the rainfall seen in parts of Tucson on Thursday, you might have to do a rain dance. What’s your favorite song about the rain?... Read more»

Bacon shortage? Pig virus worries Az farmers

A swine virus that has already caused a nationwide hog shortage has turned up in Arizona, where one farm official worries it could have “catastrophic effects on the pork buying and producing industry.” The virus is harmless to humans, but the mortality rate for infected piglets has been at least 50 percent.... Read more»

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John Huppenthal gets schooled

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal decided he was going to be a not-so smartass under the cover of Internet pseudonymity. The Arizona schools chief made some pretty deplorable comments about minorities and low income people on Arizona political blogs.... Read more»

Why a little country like Paraguay is launching a space program

Think about the future of space travel for one moment. Chances are Paraguay did not come even remotely to mind. But now this little, landlocked South American country is determined to put itself on the intergalactic map.... Read more»

No warrant, no problem: How the gov't can get your digital data

The government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI to the Internal Revenue Service, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day.... Read more»

As more imported foods reach dinner tables, holes remain in FDA safety net

In April 2012, a team of inspectors from the FDA investigated a seafood company in India that had been exporting tons of frozen yellow fin tuna to the U.S. What they found was not appetizing: water tanks rife with contamination, rusty carving knives, peeling paint above the work area, unsanitary bathrooms and an ice machine covered with insects and “apparent bird feces.”... Read more»

Gila County supe touts 'holistic' carbon sequestration to Congress

A Gila County supervisor touted the potential benefits of “holistic” carbon sequestration to a congressional subcommittee Wednesday, saying it could help ranchers and prevent massive fires at the same time.... Read more»

Leadership at Chemical Safety Board questioned amid investigation backlog

New, damning evidence of management failures within the U.S. Chemical Safety Board was presented Thursday at a congressional hearing.... Read more»

Lawmakers complain about shoddy intelligence contractor database

The U.S. intelligence community has been outsourcing much of its sensitive work to private contractors, but it’s had a hard time figuring out just how much and explaining why. That’s made it particularly difficult for lawmakers on Capitol Hill to assess whether the contracting is excessive or wasteful, as some independent groups have alleged.... Read more»

House adopts amendment to bar NSA encryption meddling

An amendment designed to bar the National Security Agency from undermining encryption standards was approved by the House on a voice vote Thursday night. Another amendment, barring NSA “backdoor spying” via foreign databases, was opposed by Rep. Ron Barber and supported by Rep. Raul Grijalva.... Read more»

Are any countries seriously trying to tackle the climate crisis?

With floods, droughts, forest fires and extreme storms on the rise, President Barack Obama has been attempting to reassert U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change. So, as negotiators frantically attempt to agree on a new United Nations climate treaty, due to be inked in Paris late next year, how does the rest of the world stack up to the U.S. when it comes to tackling the climate crisis?... Read more»

Az company shows off ‘bio-based’ products at event in Capitol

Phoenix-based Yulex Corp.was one of 35 companies, from 25 states, invited by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., to show the promise of bio-based manufacturing at a congressional event in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.... Read more»

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