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In an effort to keep the residents of Marana informed, the town has started a podcast. The podcast, started earlier this month, has already found an audience.
The Golden Globes took over the small screen last night. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted celebrating, in Fey's words, "all the great television shows that we know and love as well as all the movies North Korea was OK with."
(Family Features) From connecting with friends to playing interactive games, a mobile device presents endless entertainment to kids of every age. With children getting their first cell phone at a younger age than ever before, it’s important to make sure they stay safe by investing in a kid-friendly phone and keeping tabs on their activity. From ensuring there is fun content to using new applications which limit their exposure to undesirable content, there are many considerations to take into account when purchasing a phone for your child.
PIMA COUNTY – Public officials and trade representatives from Jinju City, South Korea, met with Pima County officials Friday as part of a four-day economic tour of Phoenix and Tucson.
New DVDs released on Tuesday, December 9.
The ferruginous cactus pygmy-owl is found in Pima and Maricopa counties, parts of Texas and through much of Mexico.
(NewsUSA) - The holidays are here, and while you're admiring all of the beautiful presents wrapped and sitting under your tree, or getting excited about travel plans, it's also the perfect time for burglars and muggers to steal some seasonal cheer. (Remember the movie Home Alone?) It's enough to cast a Scrooge-like pall over what is traditionally "the most wonderful time of the year."
This is the last year for Julie Walters as head coach of the Catalina Foothills boys soccer team and the Falcons want to make another run at a state title.
Of all of the dolls arranged in a room at the back of his Christine’s Antiques store, Wayne Olson can walk right up to one: brunette ringlets framing the gentle expression on its bisque face, a delicate gauze dress sweeping against its feet.
Please join us for the IMPACT of Southern Arizona Golf Classic on Jan. 30, 2015. The event is dedicated in memory of Bob Richards, a passionate supporter of IMPACT of Southern Arizona and past Board member and president. We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful del Lago Golf Club in Vail.
(Family Features) This holiday, take some tips from the big man with the jolly red hat. Whether shopping for family and friends young or old, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list with these gifts, specially selected from Santa himself.
(BPT) - It’s a tough job driving to work – just ask the millions of Americans who commute every day. The average commute takes 25.5 minutes one way, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, 10.8 million people drive an hour or more to work each way. Some have it worse: approximately 1.7 million Americans commute 90 minutes or more each way.
(StatePoint) The holiday season helps put millions of people to work in jobs that may begin as temporary employment, but often turn into permanent employment, according to Express Employment Professionals, which having employed nearly 400,000 people in 2013, is the largest franchised staffing company and second largest privately held staffing company in the United States.
While the kids happily stroll the neighborhood dressed as Iron Man and Frozen characters this Halloween night, tired adults may just be looking for a chance to breathe. Sure, the downtown bars are likely holding drink specials and costume contests, and that work buddy across the street probably invited everyone to his place for pumpkin spice cocktails and apple bobbing, but that would require effort and getting dressed. For those who are looking to stay in and avoid the madness this Friday night, popping some popcorn, getting cozy with a loved one, and turning to Netflix for a good Halloween horror flick is the perfect way to spend the holiday.
It’s not often a baby makes it to its own baby shower.
(BPT) - As colder months roll in, your children will spend more time indoors so you'll need to be equipped with indoor activities that will capture their imagination and foster their creativity. Here are a few activities you can do with your kids and keep them active:
Julia and Bob Dytko continue to work in support of the March of Dimes organization.
Oro Valley residents Linda Hill and Colleen Middleton were married on Friday. Rev Ron Phares performed the ceremony at the Oro Valley Town Hall. Attending were their children, Rev Dolores of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, Katie Phares, her mom, Bob Wallace, Kathy Kouzmanoff, the OV court administrator and a district judge who came to witness the historic event.
Nightmare on Congress St. - 9 p.m. / Saturday,
To the excitement of movie fans, Robert Downey Jr. finally doffs his protective Iron Man suit and mega-successful Tony Stark character for his most vulnerable film role in years. As high-priced Chicago defense attorney Hank Palmer, Downey completely dominances the big-screen and courtroom in this emotionally charged legal drama. He flawlessly transitions this strong-willed, egotistical lawyer between bouts of anger, compassion, arrogance and humility.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have named former University of Arizona standout Chip Hale as the team's seventh manager, as announced by D-backs Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa.
Hale, 49, has 28 years of professional baseball experience comprised of 16 seasons in a managerial/coaching capacity. He enjoyed a 12-year playing career highlighted by 7 seasons in the Majors.
Hale spent 10 seasons in the D-backs organization from 2000-09, including the final 3 seasons as the D-backs Third Base & Infield Coach from 2007-09 under Bob Melvin. In his eight seasons as a Major League coach, his teams won 3 division titles (NL West with D-backs in 2007 and AL West with A's in 2012-13) and earned a Wild Card berth (2014). Following his first stint with the D-backs, he went on to serve as the New York Mets' Third Base & Infield Coach in 2010-11 and the Oakland A's Bench Coach from 2012-14, where he was reunited with Melvin
Removing barriers along the way to a blazingly fast Internet is the declared goal of scientists at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences who are leading an international consortium tasked with developing new technology to make it happen.
In 2008, the National Science Foundation gave a five-year, $18.5 million grant to establish an engineering research center (ERC) that is based at the UA and united with other universities in a collaboration known as the Center for Integrated Access Networks, or CIAN.
The NSF recently approved funding for the second half of the project, totaling about $17 million, more than half of which goes to the ERC at the UA. Each year, the center also receives roughly $2 million in support from corporate sponsors and an additional $1 million from other agencies.
"Our goal with CIAN is to remove the bottleneck of the Internet so the entire network becomes more scalable," said Nasser Peyghambarian, director of the ERC and professor in the College of Optical Sciences. "In other words, more users can access it at higher speed, lower cost and lower energy consumption."
As the number increases of end users accessing the Internet with computers and mobile devices, the network has to grow, become faster or both.
"It's not going to expand indefinitely, so we have to create new technologies to be able to handle that growing demand," Peyghambarian said.
The key to accomplishing that goal lies in developing a hybrid architecture that marries electronics and optics, and that is exactly what Peyghambarian and his colleagues are working on at the ERC.
"As an end user right now, you have to rely on electronics for the information you are trying to send or receive through the Internet," Peyghambarian explained. "Your computer and smartphone are electronic devices. They send electronic signals into the data superhighways of the Internet, and those have always been fiber-optic networks. But the optical signals are being transformed back into electronic signals at the receiving ends. The goal of CIAN is to bring optics closer and closer to the end user."
"People want more information going to their homes," added Daniel Kilper, a research professor of optical sciences and CIAN's administrative director. "Tomorrow's Internet no longer is about the information superhighway, it's more about information Main Street or information neighborhood — fiber-optics all the way to the home."
To achieve that new kind of capability and bandwidth going to individual users, scientists and engineers have to reduce the cost and energy consumption of the photo-electronic components. One of the key technologies developed by CIAN involves arrays of miniaturized mirrors to control laser pulses that in turn modulate high-speed electronic signals, a process known as optical circuit switching.
"We develop new photonic integrated circuits using a technology called silicon photonics," Kilper said. "We can take all these bulky optical components here and put them onto a chip, and then we can start to integrate that optical chip with the electronic chip, either side by side or even potentially on the same chip to gain efficiency, reduced cost and reduced power consumption so that these devices can be mass-produced and go out to individual users.
"With today's commercially available systems you can already achieve transmission rates of 400 gigabits per second, but we're looking at a terabit and beyond," Kilper said.
The research at CIAN has garnered much industry interest, attracting 20 industry affiliates ranging from hot startups such as Calient and Bandwidth10 to industry heavyweights including Fujitsu, Texas Instruments, Intel and Samsung.
CIAN doesn't focus on the research alone but plays an important role in education at several levels. Graduate students have gone on to apply their expertise in companies working on making the faster Internet a reality. Some have founded their own companies specializing in integrated optical-electronic circuits; others have embarked on careers at other universities.
In educating students, CIAN follows the guidelines of Engineer of 2020, an initiative spearheaded by the National Academy of Engineering to equip engineering graduates with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in emerging and future markets.
"Future graduates need to have new capabilities that go beyond engineering," Peyghambarian said. "They need to be entrepreneurs, and they have to come up with new ideas, so we train our students and put them in workshops to become entrepreneurs of the future."
In addition to its core funding, CIAN has attracted renewed and additional funding for two three-year programs bringing research experience to undergraduates (REU) and teachers(RET), with a special emphasis on minorities and underserved communities including Native Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans.
"We have been engaged in outreach to Indian reservations, where education and outreach have been received really well," Peyghambarian said. "In addition, we have a program for veteran education, funded by NSF specifically for that purpose."
"CIAN illustrates the remarkable diversity of optics and photonics applications pursued by the College of Optical Sciences," said Dean Thomas Koch. "Our college has a culture of being able to successfully meld basic research, teaching and service to industry, allowing us to offer an unparalleled educational experience for our students. Our faculty and students constantly push the boundaries of what's possible through discovery and innovations, with breakthroughs in the applications of light that impact virtually every field of science and industry."
UA's national partners in CIAN are the University of California San Diego; the University of California Los Angeles; the University of Southern California; California Institute of Technology, the University of California Berkeley; Columbia University and Cornell University in New York; Norfolk State University in Virginia; and Tuskegee University in Alabama. International partners are Aalto University in Helsinki, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Darmstadt in Germany and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea.
(NAPSI)—Jewel Crawford Ajibade, Linda Carey and Priscilla Dzurich Ribera are just three of the estimated 173,000 women in the United States who are living with metastatic breast cancer. Managing an incurable disease is challenging for them, but each takes a unique approach to living with the condition.
(BPT) - One afternoon about two and a half years ago, Bob Metzler was running out the door and caught the end of a television segment featuring Dr. Glenn Gaston, a hand specialist at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina, who was talking about a condition that causes your fingers to be pulled in towards your palm. For years before seeing this on TV, Bob described puffiness in his palm and was having difficulty straightening his ring and pinky fingers. Because his dad had arthritis, he assumed that he had arthritis in his hand, or that these changes were just a normal part of aging. Once he saw Dr. Gaston on TV, a light bulb went off in Bob’s head and he decided to make an appointment.