UArizona to Lead Space Telescope Mission to Learn how Galaxies Evolve, Form Stars

NASA has chosen the University of Arizona to lead a space telescope mission meant to better understand how galaxies and stars form. The space agency awarded $20 million to the Aspera mission, which will allow the UArizona researchers to develop a telescope about the size of a minifridge for the expected launch in 2024.

Prescott Regional SciTechFest Returns April 10-17 for K-12 Students and Educators

Aimed toward local students and educators in grades K-12 but free and open to everyone, the Prescott Regional SciTechFest back! This year, the festivities and events have been transformed into a virtual hub for promoting a culture that celebrates STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) within the Quad Cities area and beyond.

Phoenix Explorer, Entrepreneur will be on First Civilian Crew to go into Space

A Phoenix educator, entrepreneur, adventurer, and science communicator has been selected for the crew of Inspiration4, SpaceX’s first all-civilian mission to space.
Sian Proctor, who’s a geology, sustainability, and planetary science professor at South Mountain Community College, was one of the two final crew members SpaceX announced Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where SpaceX Dragon will launch in the fall.

Arizona Launches State-of-the-Art Advanced Manufacturing Training Center

Governor Ducey: “Arizona Is In The Midst Of A Manufacturing Boom”

The State of Arizona, Pinal County, City of Casa Grande, and Central Arizona College have opened a new training center that will prepare Arizonans for jobs in high-tech industries.

NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Prepares for First Flight

NASA is targeting no earlier than April 8 for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter to make the first attempt at powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. Before the 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) rotorcraft can attempt its first flight, however, both it and its team must meet a series of daunting milestones.


Intel Announces $20 Billion Expansion in Arizona, Creating 3,000 New High-Tech, High-Wage Jobs

Intel announced a substantial expansion of its Chandler, Arizona-based manufacturing capacity with a $20 billion investment – the largest private sector investment in state history. The expansion will see the construction of two new semiconductor fabrication facilities, or fabs, which will produce advanced semiconductor chips used in modern electronics.

Perseverance Rover’s SuperCam Science Instrument Delivers First Results

The first readings from the SuperCam instrument aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover have arrived on Earth. SuperCam was developed jointly by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico and a consortium of French research laboratories under the auspices of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). The instrument delivered data to the French Space Agency’s operations center in Toulouse that includes the first audio of laser zaps on another planet.

COVID Drives Technological Research from Food Robots to an App for Loneliness

From adapting robots to decontaminate surfaces and deliver food to developing kiosks that can measure vital signs, experts across the globe are using innovative technology to solve complications brought on by COVID-19.

NAU Leading NSF Grant that Looks at the Potential for Drones in Responding to Forest Fires

Three NAU researchers won a National Science Foundation grant to study the use of drones in responding to forest fires.
Fatemeh Afghah, an associate professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS), is the lead principal investigator in the $1.2 million grant in collaboration with Georgia Tech, the Desert Research Institute and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Three Things Starlink Can Do For You

Starlink is a new Internet Service Provider that has all the other ISPs in the world worried. At the moment, it is in its beta phase, which means only a limited number of subscribers are able to try it out. It’s the brainchild of Elon Musk and a big reason his SpaceX program exists.

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Gives High-Definition Panoramic View of Landing Site

NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover got its first high-definition look around its new home in Jezero Crater on Feb. 21, after rotating its mast, or “head,” 360 degrees, allowing the rover’s Mastcam-Z instrument to capture its first panorama after touching down on the Red Planet on Feb 18. It was the rover’s second panorama ever, as the rover’s Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, also located on the mast, captured a 360-degree view on Feb. 20.

What a Distant Quasar and a ‘Young’ Black Hole Could Reveal about the Universe

A team led by University of Arizona astronomers has discovered the most distant quasar found to date. Researchers hope the quasar, which is more than 13 billion light-years from Earth, will provide answers to how galaxies formed after the big bang.

3 Ways to Keep Your Cell Phone Safe

With all the media coverage of ransomware, trojans, and other computer viruses, most of us forget about the computer we carry with us every day: our cell phone. Here are some easy steps you can take—or avoid—to protect your phone.

Avoid Damaging Email Breaches

We have noticed an uptick in breaches to business and personal email systems and want to make you aware of ways to avoid this tragic scenario. Don’t allow these criminals to use your email address as a zombie to trick others into downloading damaging malware on their computers!

NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Landing is TODAY, Feb 18

You are invited to watch it happen!

On July 30, 2020, NASA launched their new robotic astrobiologist on a seven-month journey to Mars with the most sophisticated set of tools ever sent, with the hope Perseverance will uncover the planet’s secrets.

NSF: UArizona Places in Top 20 Among Public University Research Expenditures

The University of Arizona ranks in the top 4% of all U.S. universities in research and development expenditures and No. 1 in astronomy and astrophysics, according to data from the National Science Foundation.

The University of Arizona has maintained its position in the top 20 among all U.S. public research institutions, with more than $734 million in total research activity in fiscal year 2019, according to data released Friday by the National Science Foundation.

Viavi Relocates Headquarters and Plans Manufacturing Capacity Expansion in Arizona

Chandler – Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced that its Optical Security and Performance Products (OSP) segment plans to establish a new manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona to support growing demand for its technologies.

Prescott High School Celebrates Career and Technology Month

Prescott High School (PHS) is celebrating Career and Technology (CTE) month. CTE courses combine an academic foundation with real-world experience and employability skills, providing students a competitive advantage in the world. CTE provides students a path that leads to high school graduation, higher education, and 21st-century jobs in skilled trades, applied sciences, and technology.

5 Advantages of VoIP Business Telephone Systems

Is your company growing? We hope it is, but it might mean you will need to move to a bigger office—maybe across town. VoIP phones make it easier to pick up and move, which means it will be faster to start serving your customers again. Here are five advantages VoIP telephones have over traditional landlines.

AZ Resilient: Connected Arizona

 Governor Doug Ducey is urging the Legislature to strongly support his proposal to invest more than $40 million in a dramatic expansion of broadband in rural Arizona.

4 Ways to Improve Your Business by Using Branded Email

In 2020, business models pivoted in response to COVID-19 to include more virtual and online service options. Forty percent of businesses introduced new virtual services, and 58% added new online delivery channels according to a report by Small Business Trends.

Sounds of Mars: Grab Your Headphones and Listen!

Ever wonder how you would sound on Mars? Grab your headsets, turn up the volume and listen for the subtle differences between the sounds on Earth versus how they would sound on the Red Planet. Tune in to watch the Perseverance rover land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. Then come back to hear how our version matched up with the real sounds of Mars, as captured by two microphones onboard.

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