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ASU professor tests 'universal' cancer vaccine

For the past 10 years, a team of researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute have been developing a cancer vaccine aimed at preventing all types of cancer. That vaccine has passed safety trials and is now moving on to efficacy trials in dogs.... Read more»

No wall, but more high-tech gear & fencing sought by border agents

Federal agents who patrol the U.S. border with Mexico want 23 more miles of fences, better radios and more aerial drones to tighten the southern frontier, according to an unpublished government study. The modest scope of the requirements contrasts sharply with calls by Republican presidential candidates for more drastic measures.... Read more»

Az researchers turn to dogs to better understand Valley fever

The Valley Fever Paws study is collecting data on breeds of dogs diagnosed with Valley fever or who were exposed to the fungus but not infected. Researchers hope the data will provide information not only on dogs, but how the disease affects people as well.... Read more»

Factchecking Clinton on marijuana research

Hillary Clinton said at a town hall meeting that “you can’t do any research about” marijuana because it’s a Schedule I drug. But is it? ... Read more»

FactCheck: Is Sarah Palin 'as much a scientist' as Bill Nye?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin recently said she is “as much a scientist” as Bill Nye, best known for his children’s show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”... Read more»2

ASU study may help improve lifespan of honey bees

As honey bee colonies decline, ASU researchers are trying to understand the resilience of the bee colonies that survive through tough living conditions.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pay tribute to Gowan's water entitlements

Let's talk water rights and water entitlement. Few cases better illustrate how the Legislature has looked out for the "little guy" over the last quarter-century. Water security is key to the future of Sierra Vista — not to mention Ft. Huachuca — but Tribute's developers see it as a just bump on their road to fortune.... Read more»1

Goldwater launches suit vs. Pima County balloon deal; officials mum

A rightwing lobbying group has sued Pima County over its backing of the high-altitude technology firm World View. Although officials had blasted back a week before when the Goldwater Institute floated the prospect of suing, the county maintained radio silence after the filing.... Read more»

FDA allowing folic acid in masa could cut Latino birth defects

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration announced that manufacturers can start adding folic acid to masa de maiz beginning Friday, a move long pursued by advocates who say it will curb birth defects in the Hispanic community.... Read more»

Az official tells Congress new ozone rules penalize rural areas

The director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality told lawmakers Thursday that new air-quality standards will burden rural communities, like many in Arizona, by holding “rural counties accountable for pollution they did not create.”... Read more»

Commentary

Hunting: Az ranks 40th in federal regulatory burden

Other than complaining about our taxes, there’s hardly anything more American than grumbling about oppressive regulations. A generation of politicians have made careers of campaigning against “job-killing federal regulations.” But how onerous are these rules, really?... Read more»

Nootropics pop up on campuses, but do ‘smart drugs’ actually work?

It’s no secret college students have used “smart drugs” to enhance their performance in school. They often turn to medication such as Adderall and Vyvanse, prescription stimulants used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder.... Read more»

McCain demands DHS deploy military drones to patrol border

U.S. Sen. John McCain wants military drones, flown during Air Force training missions in Arizona, to begin patrolling the border. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, McCain demanded that DHS ask the Pentagon for support to "combat drug trafficking and secure the U.S.-Mexico border."... Read more»

Officials tell Congress infrastructure upgrades needed to keep water safe, reliable

The president of a Phoenix-based water company joined other officials from around the country to tell a Senate panel Thursday that the nation’s aging infrastructure needs help if Americans want a reliable, safe source of water.... Read more»

H1N1 'swine flu' cases spike in Arizona this flu season

The number of confirmed cases in Arizona has increased 68 percent compared to the previous flu season. "Right now, we are seeing very high levels of flu in the state," said a state epidemiologist.... Read more»

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