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Fang shui: Get your reptile fix at upcoming show
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Fang shui: Get your reptile fix at upcoming show

By QUENTIN S. AGNELLOPima Post For those who live in Tucson, the Gem and Mineral Show is a busy, well-known event that’s often an inconvenience for regular commuters.  As someone who has attended the Gem Show, I can say that it certainly is interesting. However, colorful crystals have never really been my forte.  For people who might feel the same way, there is another show that has been running in Tucson for the past 20 years: the Tucson Reptile and Amphibian Show. The show is targeted to all ages, and the two-day show Oct. 1 and 2 will include a variety of vendors selling captive-bred reptiles and amphibians.  Animal lovers will enjoy the petting zoo, which will include giant tortoises, lizards and snakes. This year, even warm-blooded animals will be repres...
The Beauty of Astronomy in Arizona
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The Beauty of Astronomy in Arizona

The Rosette Nebula, or NCG 2237, from the photo gallery of Kitt Peak National Observatory website. By Quentin S. AgnelloPima Post When I was 10 years old, I would gaze up at the stars at night using a telescope with a wobbly stand, wondering all the while if I would see something special or magnificent.  I would take every opportunity I could to see the wonders of our universe, but I never questioned why my view was such a good one.  Not only is Southern Arizona considered one of the best places for stargazing in the United States by astronomers, Tucson is considered a large hub for astronomy in the Southwestern United States by The Astronomical League, a group website, which promotes astronomical clubs. To get a clue into what makes Southern Arizona so special fo...
BP reaches $2.75M deal over Indiana refinery pollution
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BP reaches $2.75M deal over Indiana refinery pollution

FILE - The BP Whiting refinery in East Chicago, Ind., is shown on Sept. 21, 2017. Oil titan BP reached a $2.75 million settlement Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, over air pollution from its largest refinery after environmentalists complained of repeated emissions violations at the Whiting facility in Indiana. (DroneBase via AP, File) By JOHN FLESHERAP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Oil titan BP reached a $2.75 million settlement Thursday over air pollution from its largest refinery after environmentalists complained of repeated emissions violations at the Whiting facility in Indiana. The agreement is the second in the past year between advocacy groups and BP involving the refinery on the southwestern Lake Michigan shoreline between Hammond, Indiana, and Chicago. Both ...
Official: Idaho computer chip plant makes US more resilient
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Official: Idaho computer chip plant makes US more resilient

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for Micron's planned $15 billion semiconductor plant in Boise, Idaho, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, and said that America needs to start making things with American parts and American labor. Granholm took part Monday in the groundbreaking for what by the end of the decade is expected to be the largest chipmaking cleanroom in the United States, covering 10 football fields and creating 17,000 American jobs. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler) By KEITH RIDLERAssociated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Chipmaker Micron's planned $15 billion investment in a new factory in the company's hometown of Boise will help protect the United States from the vulnerabilities of a globalized semiconductor market, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm sa...
GM’s Cruise robotaxi service to expand into Phoenix, Austin
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GM’s Cruise robotaxi service to expand into Phoenix, Austin

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, photo, Cruise AV, General Motor's autonomous electric Bolt EV is displayed in Detroit. General Motors’ self-driving car company has announced plans to expand a robotaxi service into new markets in Arizona and Texas before the end of this year. Cruise told investors at a banking conference Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, that an autonomous ride-hailing service that began charging San Francisco passengers in June will make its debut in Phoenix and Austin, Texas, within the next 90 days. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — General Motors' self-driving car company on Monday announced plans to expand a robotaxi service that recently launched in California into new markets in Arizona and Texas before the end of this year. Cruise, a ...
Europe plan for floating gas terminals raises climate fears
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Europe plan for floating gas terminals raises climate fears

FILE - The area in front of the Stade Industrial Park is part of the future port expansion for the planned import terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Stade, Germany, on April 2022. Russia’s war against Ukraine shattered its relations with Europe, which soon lost most of the natural gas that Moscow had long provided. Now, as winter nears, European nations have backed a short-term fix set to begin before the end of 2022 that has raised alarms among scientists who fear the long term consequences for the climate. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP, File)FILE - A flare burns at Venture Global LNG in Cameron, La., on April 21, 2022. Russia’s war against Ukraine shattered its relations with Europe, which soon lost most of the natural gas that Moscow had long provided. Now, as winter nears, Europea...
Crisis looms without big cuts to over-tapped Colorado River
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Crisis looms without big cuts to over-tapped Colorado River

Kelly Anderson shows how dry one of his fields is, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Maricopa, Ariz. Anderson grows specialty crops for the flower industry and leases land to alfalfa farmers whose crops feed cattle at nearby dairy farms. He knows what's at stake as states dither over cuts and expects about half of the area will go unplanted next year, after farmers in the region lose all access to the river. (AP Photo/Matt York)Water from the Colorado River diverted through the Central Arizona Project fills an irrigation canal, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Maricopa, Ariz. The river quenches the thirst of 40 million people across the American West and in Mexico. It sustains a $15 billion-a-year agricultural industry. (AP Photo/Matt York)New home construction encroaches dormant fields owned by Kel...
COVID vaccinations available at Pima
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COVID vaccinations available at Pima

By JOSHUA SHAVERPima Post Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund has launched a campaign urging more students at Pima Community College to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  Just under 50 percent of people ages 18-24 are fully vaccinated nationally, the lowest among age groups over 18, according to the CDC. That’s concerning, given the rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus. “We encourage people to speak to their friends and families, and that’s a way to overcome vaccination anxiety,” said Sydney Kale, Southwest campus organizer with PIRG. Since the initial launch of the educational effort, PIRG Campus Action and Arizona PIRG Education Fund have reached thousands of young adults at PCC and the University of Arizona with messages ...
Beetles take over the grounds at Pima
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Beetles take over the grounds at Pima

One of hundreds caterpillar hunter beetle that have taken over Pima Community College campuses. Story and photo by Carlos Miranda If you live in Tucson, you have to have seen these ugly-looking beetles a lot recently and wondered what kind of beetle it was. According to pest control company Truly Nolen, this bug is called a caterpillar hunter beetle. The beetle can be either black or a very dark green. The length of this beetle is about 38.1 mm, or 1.5 inches. It has six legs and two antennas. This beetle contains two wings with a rigged design-looking wing.  The caterpillar hunter eats edible insects. Its lifespan is about two to three years. The amount of rain that Tucson has experienced in the past couple of months has attracted the caterpillar hunter to come...
Electric avenue: Two events showcase electric vehicles
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Electric avenue: Two events showcase electric vehicles

You'll be able to check out a variety of electric vehicles such as this Tesla Model 3, at 2 electric vehicles events this week in Tucson. Story and photo by Josh Bailey Have you ever wanted to drive a Tesla? This Saturday, you might be able to do just that. In honor of National Drive Electric Week, two upcoming events in Tucson will be hosted by the Tucson Electric Auto Association.  From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, the association will be hosting the event to give a peek into the future of the automobile industry.  A wide range of electric cars will be showcased by independent owners, including those mentioned above. Electric vehicle owners will be on hand to answer questions. The event will be held downtown at Jacome Plaza, 101 N. Stone Ave., which is near...