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50 years later, Arizona still plays a big role in exploring the universe

PHOENIX – Arizona helped put men on the moon, and the state’s institutions continue to make strides in mapping the cosmos.


21st-century druids: No animal sacrifices, but connected to community, history

PHOENIX – Mark Bailey is a 21st century druid, a member of Arizona’s Grove of the Rising Phoenix. He doesn’t sacrifice animals or worship nature, and he has nuanced beliefs about an afterlife. Druids are steeped in more than two millennia of Indo-European history.


‘One small step’ was a breakthrough in radio communications

PHOENIX – The radio transponders used on the Apollo 11 moon mission were developed by a division of Motorola in Scottsdale, which had never tested them in space.


Discipline and sacrifice: Taekwondo studio leads its students to better lives

CHANDLER – At the storefront NB Taekwondo & Fitness Center in Chandler, students of all ages stream through the door, looking to improve their coordination, burn off energy or get in shape. Johnny Nguyen hopes they will walk out with changed lives.


Ant antibiotics: Could ASU research lead to human applications?

PHOENIX – A recent Arizona State University study has shed new light on antibiotics produced by ants, and the lead author said he believes the work could have human applications.


Burning questions: How to deal with 157-degree dashboards, dead batteries and blowouts

PHOENIX – From draining batteries to tire blowouts, the intense heat of the Arizona sun damages cars.


Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy,’ lawmakers told

WASHINGTON - The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency needs because - like millions of residents in rural communities - it lacks affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband, a tribal councilwoman told House lawmakers in a hearing on rural broadband.


Ducey not among governors supporting 55 mpg fuel efficiency standards

PHOENIX – Governors of 23 states and Puerto Rico this week urged the Trump administration to adopt a stronger emissions standard for vehicles. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was not one of those governors.


Cyberbully solutions: Target becomes an activist; ASU researchers develop Instagram app

PHOENIX – Cyberbullies targeted Grace Martinez, tormenting her on social media. Now she uses her voice to stand up against bullies while ASU researchers develop an Instagram app for parents, teens.


Throwing a lifeline to poor patients ‘dumped’ by health care providers

PHOENIX - The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986 bars hospitals from refusing healthcare for those in need and makes it illegal to dump patients on the streets, but the practice persists. That's where groups like Circle the City come in.


No bursting in air: Carefree uses drones instead of fireworks to celebrate the Fourth

PHOENIX – Drones can replace Fourth of July fireworks without the risk of fire or frightening animals and also help military veterans who deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.


Making America grill again: Cost of cookouts little changed this year

WASHINGTON - The American Farm Bureau said the cost of a traditional Fourth of July cookout for 10 rose less than 1 percent from last year to just is just $5.28 per person this year, according to its annual market survey. And the cost is even lower in Arizona, the farm bureau in the state says.