Tuesday, Aug. 15

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“Rise” on Apache opens to students in Tempe

It's being called the most amenitized student housing project in Tempe. "RISE" on Apache, is one of Tempe's newest apartment structures to go up, said to define student housing. And, today is move-in day for the students.

RISE on Apache is an 833-bed luxury student housing development near the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, Ariz., and expects it to be fully leased when delivered in August 2017. RISE on Apache, located at 1000 E. Apache Blvd., will include 384 apartments with studio and one-, two- and four-bedroom floor plans. Units are well-appointed with stainless-steel appliances, custom furniture, quartz countertops, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood-style floors and in-unit washer/dryers. 

For more information, visit: http://riseonapache.com/

"The Great American Eclipse" is the largest celestial event of our century

It's being called "The Great American Total Solar Eclipse," a total eclipse of the sun that will cross 14 states from coast to coast. This rare celestial event will take place Monday, Aug 21st, when the moon will completely block the sun, and daytime will become a deep twilight, for about 20 minutes or so. We join Dr. Sky for some lessons on what scientists will learn from this rare event, and where and how to best view it.

Facts About Solar Eclipses

  • Depending on the geometry of the Sun, Moon, and Earth, there can be between 2 and 5 solar eclipses each year.
  • Totality occurs when the Moon completely obscures Sun so only the solar corona is showing.
  • A total solar eclipse can happen once every 1-2 years. This makes them very rare events.
  • The longest a total solar eclipse can last is 7.5 minutes.
  • The width of the path of totality is usually about 160 km across and can sweep across an area of Earth's surface about 10,000 miles long.
  • Almost identical eclipses occur after 18 years and 11 days. This period of 223 synodic months is called a saros.
  • During a total solar eclipse, conditions in the path of totality can change quickly. Air temperatures drop and the immediate area becomes dark.
  • If any planets are in the sky at the time of a total solar eclipse, they can be seen as points of light.

For more information, visit: http://drsky.com/

How to protect your eyes during a solar eclipse 

Dr. Sky says you can look at a total solar eclipse with the naked eye, without risking eye damage, but not a partial eclipse, which is what we'll experience here in Arizona on Monday, Aug 21st. Since Arizona will only be experiencing about 70% of the total solar eclipse, looking at it directly, could cause temporary, and sometimes permanent, vision damage. Dr. Sky shows us how to check out this rare celestial event while keeping our eyes safe from the sun’s harmful rays. 

-A total solar eclipse is the ONLY time when it is safe to look directly at the Sun. ALL other solar observations (even in partial phases) require special solar filters so that you do not harm your eyes.

-"It's unsafe to look at the sun with your naked eye or with conventional sunglasses, a smartphone, binoculars or a telescope," says Rajesh Rao, M.D., a retina surgeon and an assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.

-Staring at the sun, no matter how small the sliver or length of time, can cause temporary (and sometimes permanent) vision damage.

-Safety note: do NOT ever look at the Sun directly during an eclipse unless it is during a total solar eclipse. The bright light of the Sun can damage your eyes very quickly.

How to view safely
Binoculars or a small telescope mounted on a tripod can also be used to project a magnified image of the Sun onto a white card. All of these methods can be used to provide a safe view of the partial phases of an eclipse to a group of observers, but care must be taken to ensure that no one looks through the device. 

The Sun can only be viewed directly when filters specially designed to protect the eyes are used. Most such filters have a thin layer of chromium alloy or aluminum deposited on their surfaces that attenuates both visible and near-infrared radiation. A safe solar filter should transmit less than 0.003% (density~4.5) [1] of visible light (380 to 780 nm) and no more than 0.5% (density~2.3) of the near-infrared radiation (780 to 1400 nm). 

For more information, visit:  http://drsky.com/

Arizona Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed working with Food for the Hungry to strike out poverty in Dominican Republic

The Ahmed Family Double Play Fund is joining forces with Striking Out Poverty, a project of Phoenix-based, non-profit Food for the Hungry to provide direct relief and community-building services to nine communities in the Dominican Republic.

Ahmed has launched a Pledgeit campaign, where fans can pledge money toward each D-Backs win and earn incentives such as signed memorabilia and even a special batting practice session.

Nick's goal is to raise $10,000 to provide safe drinking water, community centers and local baseball programs to areas of the DR that need the most help.

MLB fans can support the program and their favorite players by going to www.pledgeit.org and typing "Striking Out Poverty" into the search bar. 

Fans can also help make Striking Out Poverty a success by learning more about the project and donating directly at www.strikingoutpoverty.com.

Midwestern University offers unique course 

Animal Autopsy This is truly unique in the Valley.  Students at Midwestern University do autopsy (necropsy) on animals, from house pets to horses, exotic zoo animals, and others. Helping students better understand how animals have passed proving insight into diseases Ebola, anthrax, and bird flu. They also work with local law enforcement in forensic pathology cases when animal abuse may be involved. 

For more information, visit: https://www.mwuanimalhealth.com/diagnostic-pathology-center

Midwestern University Diagnostic Pathology Center
5725 W. Utopia Road Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: 623-806-7540
Email: vetpath@midwestern.edu

Lice Removal Company Makes House Calls

Lice Doctor is a company that makes treating headlice easier and more private, by coming to your home.  With school, back in session more kids will be coming home with headlice.  If they are not treated correctly they can be nearly impossible to get rid of.

Here is a list of myths about Head Lice:
The Myths

  •     Lice jump, hop, and fly from head to head.
  •     Lice like dirty hair.
  •     Pets can be infested with lice.
  •     "Just in case" chemical hair treatments are safe.
  •     Chemical lice treatments work as advertised.
  •     Bedding, toys, and clothes should be bagged for 2 weeks.
  •     Nits are white.
  •     Hot water and clothes dryer will kill nits and lice.
  •     To eradicate lice, you should thoroughly clean your home.
  •     It is safe and effective to spray lice-killing chemicals in your home or school.
  •     Some people are immune to head lice.
  •     Nits (lice eggs) are contagious.
  •     Everyone with lice has an itchy scalp.
  •     Lice only strike in warm or hot weather.
  •     It is likely to catch lice from a hair brush, couch, or backpack.

Head Lice Facts: Debunking the Myths

  •     Lice crawl from head to head. They do not have wings.
  •     Lice prefer clean hair as it is easier for them to adhere to the hair shaft.
  •     Lice need the temperature of the human head and cannot live on pets.
  •     Prophylactic lice treatments are not effective or recommended.
  •     Lice have mutated to become resistant to many chemical lice treatments.
  •     Bugs only live off of the head for a day so bagging items for two weeks is overkill.
  •     Nits have a translucent shell that house a brown bug; they are not white.
  •     Lice and nits are very hardy; the temperature of water and a dryer will not kill them.
  • At LiceDoctors we say, "It's the head, not the house that matters." You can clean all day but if some nits are left in the head, the case starts all over; bugs in the house die in a day off the head.
  • Lice-killing sprays do not work as bugs are resistant and the chemicals may be harmful.
  • No one is immune to lice, as long as you have any amount of hair on your head.
  • You cannot catch a nit, only live lice (bugs).
  • Not everyone with lice feels itchy; some people have no symptoms.
  • Lice are around all year.
  • The vast majority of lice cases are transmitted from head to head, not through inanimate objects.

For more information, visit: https://www.licedoctors.com/ or call: 800-224-2537

Gym pants designed in Arizona you can dress up for evening

It's a fashion statement you can wear in the gym, or at a restaurant for an evening out. What is it? They're leggings that can go from workout to nightlife. We meet local fashion designer who came up with the Liv Rio athleisure brand. 

Liv Rio is an athleisure brand focused on allowing women to live the ultimate active lifestyle without sacrificing fashion or style for performance.  Founder and CEO Livia Margulies is a mother of 3 young kids and wanted pants/leggings that could keep up with her active lifestyle. She set out to design the perfect all day, every day, pants.  

  • One size fits most (up to size 14)
  • wear the pants from the gym to the restaurant and everywhere in between
  • Designed in Arizona, made exclusively in Brazil
  • Kickstarter campaign starting in 2 weeks with exclusive designs and experiences including a day with the designer and the opportunity to attend Phoenix Fashion Week as a VIP.

For more information, visit: www.livriosportswear.com

Become a citizen scientist during the eclipse

Just days away and counting; The Great American Solar Eclipse will be visible from everywhere in North America, but for scientists, when the Earth goes dark, the event will provide a unique opportunity for study. What happens when the Earth goes dark? Will temperatures really drop? Will heat signatures from the sun change? NASA scientists hope to learn how much Earth's environment changes during this historic eclipse, and Astronomers everywhere will hope to better understand the important relationship between the sun and Earth during one of nature's rarest shows.

On that Monday, the moon's shadow will darken the sky, causing temperatures to drop and stars to become visible in the normally day lit sky. This brief hiccup in the usual day-night cycle changes the amount of energy an area gets from the sun. 

NASA scientists hope to learn just how much Earth's environment changes during this historic eclipse and they need help from your viewers! Using the GLOBE Observer phone application, curious eclipse onlookers can become citizen scientists. This resulting data will help us better understand the important relationship between the sun and Earth. 

Everyone in North America (weather dependent) will experience an eclipse, one of nature's rarest shows even those outside the path of totality. For the first time since 1918, the dark shadow of the moon will sweep coast-to-coast across the United States, putting 14 states in the path of totality and providing a spectacular view of a partial eclipse across all 50 states.  

For more information, visit: http://drsky.com/

Phoenix International Raceway races into the future with new amenities.

PIR is the midst of a major face lift adding new seating and facilities to enhance the fan experience, and actually let them get closer to their favorite drivers. 

For more information, visit: http://www.phoenixraceway.com/?homepage=true

7602 S Avondale Blvd, Avondale, AZ 85323

Chef Christopher celebrates culinary icon 

After working alongside Julia Child for years on her groundbreaking PBS television series, Chef Christopher Gross developed a special relationship with the late esteemed chef, author and TV personality. Now, each year he honors the late culinary icon with a special birthday menu, that you get to enjoy this entire week.

James Beard Award-winning Chef Christopher's special three-course, prix-fixe menu honoring Julia Child's 105th birthday is available for a limited time from Monday, Aug. 14 thru Sunday, Aug. 20th. 

For more information, visit: www.ChristophersAZ.com

Christopher's and Crush Lounge 
2502 E Camelback Rd. Suite #102
Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-522-2344