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Az wins national award for newborn screening turnaround

PHOENIX – Counting 10 fingers and 10 toes doesn’t begin to tell parents and doctors whether a baby is healthy. With that in mind, state health officials screen blood samples from newborns to identify hidden health problems that can prove fatal.... Read more»

Tucson partners with Phoenix to ensure water supply

As Lake Mead hits its lowest point in almost 85 years, Arizona’s two largest cities are taking steps to bank water for a not-so-rainy day. Phoenix and Tucson have formed a partnership that will store excess water from Phoenix’s Central Arizona Project allotment in Tucson.... Read more»1

Texas solar manufacturer ramps up production

Texas’ biggest solar panel manufacturing plant is ramping up production. It’s part of San Antonio’s effort to become a solar energy hub – by building solar farms to help power the area and luring the companies that manufacture their parts.... Read more»

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The cognitive science behind Common Core

Although some teachers, students, and parents may feel a degree of anxiety as their classes transition from the old standards to the Common Core, they should be confident that their efforts will pay off. The Common Core is grounded in cognitive science and incorporates practices that have been proven to improve student learning and achievement.... Read more»

CDC confirms first U.S. Ebola case in Dallas

The CDC has confirmed that a patient in a Dallas hospital has the Ebola virus — the first case reported in the nation. the patient entered the U.S. on Sept. 20 with no symptoms after traveling to the West African nation of Liberia. The patient developed symptoms on Sept. 24 and sought care two days later.... Read more»

Raytheon to produce parts for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense

Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a $149 million contract to produce parts for the Tamir interceptor used in Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. Raytheon plants in Tucson and Huntsville, Ala., will work on the contract, along with two other Arizona companies.... Read more»

Startup Tucson scaling up with $1.4M small biz training grant

A Tucson nonprofit group has been awarded a $1.44 million contract from the Small Business Administration to connect early-stage small businesses with entrepreneurial training. Startup Tucson’s “next big thing” is Thryve Next, which will receive funding under the SBA’s ScaleUp America program.... Read more»1

Six Az firms in Inc.com top 100 fastest-growing list

Base Commerce, which provides electronic payment solutions to software companies nationwide, recorded $12.5 million in revenue for 2013 and has achieved revenue growth surpassing 10,000 percent over three years, according to a recent ranking of fastest-growing companies by Inc.com magazine. Hughes’ company, founded in 2008, ranked 23rd nationally and was one of six Arizona firms in the top 100.... Read more»

UA’s Phoenix med school expands simulation center for hands-on learning

Launched a year and a half ago, the Center for for Simulation and Innovation tripled in size in early September to 30,000 square feet of simulation space, something leaders said is needed to accommodate an increase in students.... Read more»

Balance-testing app helps trainers assess possible concussions

Sway Balance, a Barrow Neurological Institute app used by dozens of high schools, is free and more accurate than usual ways of measuring players’ balance. It uses technology in smartphone and tablet operating systems that measures acceleration.... Read more»

Clean Air-Blue Skies plates becoming the domain of electric cars

When Jim Stack bought his Ford Focus electric plug-in, his passion to keep emissions out of the air was broadcast to the world. He can even drive across the country and not pay a penny in driving costs. Stack is part of an exclusive club for two reasons: having a plug-in electric vehicle and being able to sport a blue-and-white license plate entitling him to use the HOV lane even when it’s just him in the car.... Read more»

Woman stripped of citizenship for role in Az terror center breach

A Chinese immigrant and businesswoman, Xunmei Li, who played a role in a large-scale security lapse inside the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, lost her U.S. citizenship last week and likely faces exile from the country.... Read more»

Az-based Taser sees stock boost since Ferguson shooting

Scottsdale-based Taser was one of several makers of body cameras whose stock rose in the wake of a police shooting in the St. Louis suburb. But Taser officials said the stock started rising well before Ferguson, when studies last year showed the cameras’ effectiveness.... Read more»

Az leads nation in clean-energy job growth

Arizona businesses announced plans earlier this year to hire more than 3,000 workers in clean-energy industries, letting the state claim the nation’s biggest growth in renewable-energy jobs for the second quarter. The bulk of the jobs would be at a Solar Wind Tower in San Luis.... Read more»

Tucson scientist touts 2015 visit to ‘dwarf planet’ Pluto

Tucson scientist David Grinspoon joined a panel Monday talking about NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto – but the scientists were most animated when talking about the feud over the status of the recently classified “dwarf planet.”... Read more»

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