science http://kuer.org en 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 Leonardo to Host New Body Worlds Exhibit http://kuer.org/post/leonardo-host-new-body-worlds-exhibit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Leonardo is opening the first of two new Body Worlds exhibits starting Saturday. It will give visitors an inside look at animals’ skeletons, muscles, organs, and circulatory systems.</span></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 20:44:09 +0000 Brian Grimmett 46069 at http://kuer.org Leonardo to Host New Body Worlds Exhibit 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 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 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 KUER News Pod: Thursday March 21, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-march-21-2013 <p>Prominent Utah pollster Dan Jones retires, members of the Clearfield Community Church try and move on after a devastating fire, and the University of Utah plans to bring science to prisons.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F84287806&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:53:25 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26685 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday March 21, 2013 KUER News Pod: Wednesday December 5, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-december-5-2012 <p>Astronomers at the University of Utah are looking for people to help identify distant stars, Utah’s Attorney General leads a delegation to Washington D.C. to discuss immigration reform, and Governor Herbert meets President Obama to discuss the fiscal cliff.<br><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F70107600&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:33:39 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21944 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday December 5, 2012 Hinckley Forums- Community Engagement: Service in the Sciences http://kuer.org/post/hinckley-forums-community-engagement-service-sciences <p>Wednesday, November 14, 2012</p><p><strong>Community Engagement: Service in the Sciences</strong><br><br><strong>Megan Eames</strong>, Volunteer Coordinator, Red Butte Garden<br><strong>Amy Sibul</strong>, Community Engaged Learning Coordinator in Biology<br><strong>Brandi Thomson</strong>, Service-Learning Student<br><strong>Lindsey Nesbitt</strong>, Associate Instructor, Biology Department<br><strong>Vangie Manzanares</strong>, (moderator) Teaching Biology major</p><p>Presented by the Bennion Center</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 23:46:48 +0000 21065 at http://kuer.org Hinckley Forums- Community Engagement: Service in the Sciences Transit of Venus Won't be Seen Again for 105 Years http://kuer.org/post/transit-venus-wont-be-seen-again-105-years <p>University of Utah Professor of Physics and Astronomy Ben Bromley previews the transit of Venus across the sun, an event that won't happen here again until 2117.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:41:52 +0000 Andrea Smardon 10769 at http://kuer.org Transit of Venus Won't be Seen Again for 105 Years 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Makes an Appearance at Bryce Canyon http://kuer.org/post/ring-fire-eclipse-makes-appearance-bryce-canyon <p><span class="tease"><span>Utah was treated to an annular solar eclipse Sunday night.&nbsp; KUER&#39;s Andrea Smardon went to Bryce Canyon National Park, and sent an audio postcard from Inspiration Point. </span></span></p> Sun, 20 May 2012 16:24:01 +0000 Andrea Smardon 10153 at http://kuer.org 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Makes an Appearance at Bryce Canyon Utahns Seek Sweet Spot to View Eclipse http://kuer.org/post/utahns-seek-sweet-spot-view-eclipse <p>Science museum shops in Utah are running out of those special glasses that allow you to look directly at an eclipse. Utahns can expect to see a full or partial eclipse on Sunday evening depending on their location.<br /><br />Utah&#39;s NASA ambassador Patrick Wiggins says he&#39;ll be heading to the tiny town of Kanarraville, just south of Cedar City to view the eclipse.<br /> Thu, 17 May 2012 23:32:31 +0000 Andrea Smardon 8233 at http://kuer.org Utahns Seek Sweet Spot to View Eclipse