Science & Technology http://kuer.org en Volunteer 'Ambassador' Receiving NASA Honor http://kuer.org/post/volunteer-ambassador-receiving-nasa-honor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Patrick Wiggins, who represents NASA as a volunteer Solar System Ambassador in Utah, is receiving one of the space agency’s highest honors.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:28:57 +0000 Dan Bammes 49488 at http://kuer.org Volunteer 'Ambassador' Receiving NASA Honor Small Bountiful-Area Earthquake Felt Across the Wasatch Front http://kuer.org/post/small-bountiful-area-earthquake-felt-across-wasatch-front <p>Authorities received thousands of widespread reports of last night’s small earthquake 10 miles east of Bountiful. Katherine Whidden, research seismologist with the <a href="http://www.seis.utah.edu/">University of Utah Seismology Stations</a>, says the reports were extensive because the epicenter was so close to the metro area.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:13:26 +0000 Bob Nelson 47708 at http://kuer.org Small Bountiful-Area Earthquake Felt Across the Wasatch Front U of U Research Makes Solar Cells More Efficient http://kuer.org/post/u-u-research-makes-solar-cells-more-efficient <p>University of Utah researches have developed a thin glass film that could boost the overall efficiency of solar cells to more than 50%.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">To achieve the increase in efficiency researches at the U have created a film that is five times thinner than a human hair. &nbsp;It can separate the broad-spectrum rays of sunlight into individual colors, sort of like a prism.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:17:34 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47593 at http://kuer.org U of U Research Makes Solar Cells More Efficient Moths Invade Utah http://kuer.org/post/moths-invade-utah <p>If you’ve noticed an unusual number of moths flying around inside your house or garage lately, you’re not alone. But where did they come from and should you be worried?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.biology.usu.edu/htm/our-people/faculty/memberid=3062" target="_blank">Utah State University entomologist Diane Alston</a> says the invasion of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_cutworm" target="_blank">army cutworm</a> or miller moth is mainly due to recent weather trends.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:39:20 +0000 Brian Grimmett 47443 at http://kuer.org Moths Invade Utah Clear Utah Skies Welcome the 'Blood Moon' Eclipse http://kuer.org/post/clear-utah-skies-welcome-blood-moon-eclipse <p>Last night many Utahns&nbsp;stayed up until the early morning hours to witness a total lunar eclipse, also known as a "blood moon" because of the distinct orange-redish color that the moon becomes during totality. This is the first of four lunar eclipses that will take place about every six months for the next year and a half.</p><p>Check out some of the pictures and a timelapse made by KUER Reporter Brian Grimmett.</p><p></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6dQkEqHLYnM" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:09:30 +0000 Brian Grimmett 44884 at http://kuer.org Clear Utah Skies Welcome the 'Blood Moon' Eclipse There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It? http://kuer.org/post/theres-blood-moon-eclipse-tonight-will-you-be-able-see-it It's looking like clouds will obscure Monday night's lunar eclipse for nearly all of the U.S. East Coast, but much of the West and Midwest should be able to see it.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/11/301958755/total-eclipse-of-the-moon-next-week-throughout-north-america">we wrote last week</a>, the total eclipse of the moon — the first visible from North America since 2010 — will start a few minutes before 1 a.m. EDT and slowly continue over the next two hours until it peaks (reaches totality) about 3 a.m. Tuesday. On the West Coast, it starts about 10 p.m. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44827 at http://kuer.org There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It? U of U Seismic Stations Tracking Largest Event Since the Early 1980's http://kuer.org/post/u-u-seismic-stations-tracking-largest-event-early-1980s <p></p><p>A series of earthquakes in <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm">Yellowstone National Park</a> is being reported by the <a href="http://www.seis.utah.edu/EQCENTER/PRESS/yell_press.htm#20140330">University of Utah Seismograph Stations</a> that began last Thursday. The strongest temblor was Sunday morning around 6:30 with a magnitude 4.8 on the Richter scale.&nbsp;</p><p>Jamie Farrell is a Post Doctoral Research Associate is the U’s department of geology and geophysics. He says in the estimated 3,000 seismic events each year in and around Yellowstone, this one stands out.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:28:34 +0000 Bob Nelson 44167 at http://kuer.org U of U Seismic Stations Tracking Largest Event Since the Early 1980's Legislature Approves USTAR Reforms http://kuer.org/post/legislature-approves-ustar-reforms <p></p><p>A bill to reform the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) is heading to the governor’s desk for his approval. The legislation comes after an audit found that the program exaggerated the number of jobs created.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:21:23 +0000 Andrea Smardon 43308 at http://kuer.org Legislature Approves USTAR Reforms House Approves Tax Incentives For Alternative Fueled Vehicles http://kuer.org/post/house-approves-tax-incentives-alternative-fueled-vehicles <p>A bill that could make purchasing an alternative fuel vehicle, like an electric car, a little easier on the pocket book passed out of the Utah House Tuesday.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:51:29 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42645 at http://kuer.org House Approves Tax Incentives For Alternative Fueled Vehicles Kennecott Slides Caused Earthquakes http://kuer.org/post/kennecott-slides-caused-earthquakes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The huge landslides that shut down Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon copper mine last year were bad news for the company, but they’ve yielded a scientific breakthrough for researchers at the University of Utah.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:48:15 +0000 Dan Bammes 40466 at http://kuer.org Kennecott Slides Caused Earthquakes Huntsman Cancer Institute Research Finds New Breast Cancer Metastasis Mechanism http://kuer.org/post/huntsman-cancer-institute-research-finds-new-breast-cancer-metastasis-mechanism <p>Researchers from the <a href="http://healthcare.utah.edu/huntsmancancerinstitute/">Huntsman Cancer Institute</a> at the <a href="http://www.utah.edu/">University of Utah</a> have discovered a cellular mechanism that drives the spread of breast cancer, known as metastasis, to other parts of the body.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 20:06:16 +0000 Bob Nelson 40357 at http://kuer.org Huntsman Cancer Institute Research Finds New Breast Cancer Metastasis Mechanism U Study: Low-Elevation Pikas Love Moss http://kuer.org/post/u-study-low-elevation-pikas-love-moss <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Pikas are furry creatures related to rabbits that live in rockslide areas at the tops of mountains in the West.&nbsp; They’re not often found below about eight thousand feet.&nbsp; But a new study from the University of Utah has discovered how a population of pikas is thriving close to sea level. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:29:56 +0000 Dan Bammes 39733 at http://kuer.org U Study: Low-Elevation Pikas Love Moss BYU Geologists Discover Supervolcanoes in Utah http://kuer.org/post/byu-geologists-discover-supervolcanoes-utah <p></p><p>Brigham Young University geologists have found evidence of some of the largest volcanic eruptions in earth’s history in their own backyard. The scientific journal <a href="http://geosphere.gsapubs.org/content/9/6/1562.abstract">Geosphere</a> has published some of their recent findings about supervolcanoes.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:10:49 +0000 Andrea Smardon 39377 at http://kuer.org BYU Geologists Discover Supervolcanoes in Utah U of U Biologists Surprised to Discover "Ultrafast Recycling" at Nerve Synapses http://kuer.org/post/u-u-biologists-surprised-discover-ultrafast-recycling-nerve-synapses <p><a href="http://unews.utah.edu/news_releases/how-our-nerves-keep-firing/">University of Utah biologists</a> have discovered that nerve cells work very differently and much faster than previously thought. Erik Jorgensen is a professor of biology at the U, and senior author of the study. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:51:03 +0000 Bob Nelson 39094 at http://kuer.org U of U Biologists Surprised to Discover "Ultrafast Recycling" at Nerve Synapses Major Dinosaur Discovery in Spain has a Utah Connection http://kuer.org/post/major-dinosaur-discovery-spain-has-utah-connection <p>Archeologists at an open pit coal mine in Spain have discovered the most well preserved ankylosaur, ever found in Europe, but the discovery has roots right here in Utah.</p><p>Dr. James Kirkland is the state paleontologist at the Utah Geological Survey. He’s been studying dinosaurs for 40 years. Recently, he’s been working on reclassifying all of the wide, heavily armored kind of dinosaurs. So when researchers in Spain called him up to ask his help identifying newly discovered fossils, he didn’t hesitate to say yes.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Brian Grimmett 38984 at http://kuer.org Major Dinosaur Discovery in Spain has a Utah Connection First Annual Utah "America Recycles Day" Has Humble Beginning http://kuer.org/post/first-annual-utah-america-recycles-day-has-humble-beginning <p>The <a href="http://americarecyclesday.org/">America Recycles Day</a> in Utah was held today at the South Towne Expo Center. If the size of the crowd at the first annual event was any indication, Utahns are not very excited about recycling. But Brad Mertz, the Executive Director of the Recycling Coalition of Utah says using things over and over again is just the right thing to do.</p> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 01:09:26 +0000 Bob Nelson 38301 at http://kuer.org First Annual Utah "America Recycles Day" Has Humble Beginning Utah Paleontologists Discover New Tyrannosaurus Species http://kuer.org/post/utah-paleontologists-discover-new-tyrannosaurus-species <p>Paleontologists working in the fossil beds of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument have discovered a new dinosaur species, a close cousin of Tyrannosaurus Rex. A new study shows the bones found are now some of the oldest in this predator’s lineage.</p><p>Mark Loewen is a Research Associate at the Natural History Museum of Utah. He shows visitors the skull and 24-foot model skeleton of a new dinosaur species with a fitting name.</p><p>"This animal which we’ve named Lythronax argestes, the name actually means 'gore king from the southwest,'" Loewen says.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:07:43 +0000 Karina Puikkonen 37845 at http://kuer.org Utah Paleontologists Discover New Tyrannosaurus Species Comcast Launches Public Wi-Fi Network in Utah http://kuer.org/post/comcast-launches-public-wi-fi-network-utah <p>Comcast is launching a new public wireless internet network that will allow its customers to connect to more than one thousand Wi-Fi hot spots across the state for free. Non-Comcast customers will be able to use the service for a small fee. At launch the <a href="http://hotspots.wifi.comcast.com/index.php?txtQuick=Salt+Lake+City" target="_blank">spots are located</a> at places like restaurants and parks where people like to gather. Comcast spokesman Ray Child says as time goes on the number of hotspots will only grow.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:52:53 +0000 Brian Grimmett 36967 at http://kuer.org Comcast Launches Public Wi-Fi Network in Utah U and BYU Team Developing Sodium MRI Coil for More Accurate Breast Cancer Screening http://kuer.org/post/u-and-byu-team-developing-sodium-mri-coil-more-accurate-breast-cancer-screening <p>Development of new a MRI device may bring a drastic reduction in false positives during breast cancer screening. A unique team of electrical engineers and radiologists from the <a href="http://medicine.utah.edu/radiology/">University of Utah</a> and <a href="http://magres.groups.et.byu.net/index.php">Brigham Young University</a> have made groundbreaking improvements to current Magnetic Resonance Imaging or M-R-I techniques. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:02:10 +0000 Bob Nelson 36110 at http://kuer.org U and BYU Team Developing Sodium MRI Coil for More Accurate Breast Cancer Screening Google Fiber to Offer 25 Provo Nonprofits Free Gigabit Internet http://kuer.org/post/google-fiber-offer-25-provo-nonprofits-free-gigabit-internet <p><a href="https://fiber.google.com/about/" target="_blank">Google Fiber</a> and the city of Provo are looking for 25 nonprofit organizations to join <a href="https://fiber.google.com/about/communityconnections/" target="_blank">Google Fiber’s Community Connection Program</a>. The program offers Google Fiber’s one gigabit per second internet service for free.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 22:55:42 +0000 Nicole Nixon 34558 at http://kuer.org Google Fiber to Offer 25 Provo Nonprofits Free Gigabit Internet U Investigates Alleged Fraud in Chemical Engineering Department http://kuer.org/post/u-investigates-alleged-fraud-chemical-engineering-department <p></p><p>The University of Utah is investigating whether chemical engineering researchers altered images in an academic paper. The journal Nano Letters <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl400959z" target="_blank">withdrew</a> the paper on August 15th due to concerns over the integrity of the data.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:06:50 +0000 Andrea Smardon 34392 at http://kuer.org U Investigates Alleged Fraud in Chemical Engineering Department Aereo Brings Online Television to Utah http://kuer.org/post/aereo-brings-online-television-utah <p></p><p>Utahns can now record and watch live television from their computers or mobile devices. <a href="https://www.aereo.com/">Aereo Inc. </a>launched its online television technology in the state this week. Utah is the fourth location the company has offered the service, after New York, Boston, and Atlanta.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 22:21:35 +0000 Andrea Smardon 34212 at http://kuer.org Aereo Brings Online Television to Utah Utah's Piece of the Webb Space Telescope Finished http://kuer.org/post/utahs-piece-webb-space-telescope-finished <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past 11 years, </span><a href="http://www.atk.com/business-groups/atk-aerospace/" style="line-height: 1.5;">ATK Space Systems</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been working on its contribution to an advanced space telescope system.&nbsp; Its carbon fiber composite structure is shipping out next week for further testing – and it’ll eventually wind up a million miles out in space.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Dan Bammes 33935 at http://kuer.org Utah's Piece of the Webb Space Telescope Finished Discovery of New Triceratops Species Announced at the Natural History Museum of Utah http://kuer.org/post/discovery-new-triceratops-species-announced-natural-history-museum-utah <p>Officials at the <a href="http://nhmu.utah.edu/">Natural History Museum of Utah </a>announced today the discovery of a new dinosaur species related to Triceratops. Paleontologists made the discovery in the nearly 2 million acres of wilderness in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. <a href="http://www.scottsampson.net/">Doctor Scott Sampson</a> led the study following the initial find in 2006. He says the Nasutoceratops titusi&nbsp; was unique for an oversized nose and long, curving horns.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:32:44 +0000 Bob Nelson 32567 at http://kuer.org Discovery of New Triceratops Species Announced at the Natural History Museum of Utah New Natural History Museum Exhibit Gives a Look Into the Eye of the Storm http://kuer.org/post/new-natural-history-museum-exhibit-gives-look-eye-storm <p>The Natural History Museum of Utah is opening a new exhibit that examines how some of the Earth’s most dangerous natural disasters happen.</p><p>At one of the several hands-on learning experiences at the new Nature Unleashed exhibit, a group of 4th graders from Rose Creek Elementary School learn about what happens to buildings built on sandy soil during an earthquake. Lisa Thompson, the manager of public programs, says she hopes hands on experiences like this one help people make an emotional connection with the powerful natural events that help shape the Earth.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 20:38:36 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29751 at http://kuer.org New Natural History Museum Exhibit Gives a Look Into the Eye of the Storm Google Fiber to Buy Out Provo’s Fiber Optic Network http://kuer.org/post/google-fiber-buy-out-provo-s-fiber-optic-network <p></p><p>It was billed as an epic announcement in Provo.&nbsp;Mayor John Curtis announced Wednesday an agreement to make Provo the third US city to have access to Google Fiber’s ultra-high-speed Gigabit Internet, after Kansas City and Austin.&nbsp;</p><p>Google Fiber General Manager Kevin Lo stood on the roof of the Utah Valley Convention Center with the Wasatch mountains behind him, buffeted by strong winds.&nbsp;He promised all Provo residents would have access to free basic Internet, with the option to upgrade to speeds 100 times faster than the average American can access.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 23:51:16 +0000 Andrea Smardon 27974 at http://kuer.org Google Fiber to Buy Out Provo’s Fiber Optic Network Researcher Brings Neuroscience to Utah Foster Families http://kuer.org/post/researcher-brings-neuroscience-utah-foster-families <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.utahfostercare.org/">Utah Foster Care Foundation</a> held a Symposium Monday focused on the latest science of child brain development, and how neuroscience is helping foster families overcome trauma and attachment issues.</p><p>Foster parents need help and support, according to Mick Woolsey, Director of Education for Utah Foster Care.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:44:10 +0000 Andrea Smardon 27849 at http://kuer.org Researcher Brings Neuroscience to Utah Foster Families U of U Researcher Gives a New Perspective to the Average Snowflake http://kuer.org/post/u-u-researcher-gives-new-perspective-average-snowflake <p>A University of Utah researcher is taking pictures of snowflakes in a way that’s never been done before and&nbsp;the results could help forecasters better predict the weather.</p><p>If you’ve ever seen a picture of a snowflake it probably looked a lot like the paper cut-outs made every winter by thousands of first and second graders across the country: unique, but perfectly symmetrical and flat. But according to Tim Garrett, an atmospheric science professor at the U who helped develop a new way to photograph snowflakes, that image is a lie.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:08:13 +0000 Brian Grimmett 27619 at http://kuer.org U of U Researcher Gives a New Perspective to the Average Snowflake U Plans to Bring Science to Utah Prisons http://kuer.org/post/u-plans-bring-science-utah-prisons <p>The University of Utah wants to bring science and sustainability into the state’s prisons. The U is developing a project that would work with inmates on recycling, gardening, and composting among other things. It’s part of a trend toward environmental sustainability in prisons – the subject of a workshop at the university that starts Wednesday and runs through Friday. KUER’s Andrea Smardon talks to the scientist who’s working on the university’s new program, Nalini Nadkarni. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 22:47:01 +0000 Andrea Smardon 26599 at http://kuer.org U Plans to Bring Science to Utah Prisons U of U Astronomers Launch The Andromeda Project http://kuer.org/post/u-u-astronomers-launch-andromeda-project <p></p><p></p><p>Astronomers at the University of Utah are looking for volunteers of all kinds to participate in the Andromeda Project.&nbsp;</p><p>University professors need help examining thousands of images of the Andromeda Galaxy generated by the Hubble Space Telescope.&nbsp; Anil Seth is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy. He hopes hundreds of volunteers will help his team identify star clusters in the photos.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:26:21 +0000 Terry Gildea 21931 at http://kuer.org U of U Astronomers Launch The Andromeda Project