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9:26 am
Wed December 5, 2012

U of U Astronomers Launch The Andromeda Project

The Andromeda Galaxy.
Credit Robert Gendler:

Astronomers at the University of Utah are looking for volunteers of all kinds to participate in the Andromeda Project. 

University professors need help examining thousands of images of the Andromeda Galaxy generated by the Hubble Space Telescope.  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.

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10:39 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Sky Survey Tells Story of Expanding Universe

The Sloan Sky Survey Telescope in New Mexico
Credit Sloan Sky Survey

Early in the history of the universe -- about three billion years after the Big Bang -- the expansion of the universe was slowing down.  Today, it's speeding up at a faster and faster pace. University of Utah astronomer Kyle Dawson is part of a group that's been studying the early universe by looking at how light from quasars affected hydrogen atoms in interstellar space.  The project is part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which Dawson says gives them the very sophisticated tools to look at lots of objects in the far reaches of space.

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Science & Technology
4:35 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Rocky Mountain Power to Expand Incentives for Solar Installations

Rocky Mountain Power plans to offer 50 million dollars of incentives for consumers and businesses who install solar power panels over the next five years.  The Public Service Commission of Utah has approved the utility company’s request for a program that will support 60 Megawatts of new solar energy. 

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Science & Technology
6:01 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

Mozilla Ignite Challenge Looking to Utah for Ideas

A Mozilla Ignite Challenge graphic showing the "sweet spot" where smart networks, open web, and civic innovation meet.

Glenn Ricart first came to Utah to be Chief Technology Officer for Novell.  Today he holds the same title for US Ignite, a federal initiative designed to promote the development of applications and services for ultra-fast networks.  Ricart is now spreading the word about the Mozilla Ignite Challenge, which has $485,000 available to support winning proposals.

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Science & Technology
11:39 am
Mon September 24, 2012

U Study Finds a Stratospheric Connection to Climate Variability

These graphs show the spatial pattern of surface impact from the stratosphere on the North Atlantic Ocean.

A University of Utah study shows that changes in the earth’s upper atmosphere have an impact on deep ocean circulation patterns in the North Atlantic. 

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Science & Technology
7:01 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

The University of Utah Hosts Mars Rover Landing Party

An artist's concept of Curiosity's descent to Mars.

You don’t have to be at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab to get live, edge of your seat, coverage of a rover landing on Mars.  The rover Curiosity is set to land on the red planet Sunday night, and the public is invited to attend a Mars Rover Landing Party on the University of Utah campus. 

A video clip from NASA’s website describes the entry, descent, and landing process – or EDL – as 7 minutes of terror. 

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Science & Technology
9:23 am
Mon June 18, 2012

BYU Introduces Translator App for Use at London Olympics

BYU's Giovanni Tata demonstrates the new mobile translator app designed for Olympics volunteers.
Andrea Smardon

Say you’re a volunteer at the London Olympics and a Korean tourist asks you a question.  But you don’t speak Korean.  Well now with the new translator application created at Brigham Young University, you can use your smart phone for an instant translation. 

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Science & Technology
4:47 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Utah Part of US Ignite Partnership

Utah is going to be a test lab for the use of super high speed broadband. The Salt Lake area is one of 25 communities involved in a new federal initiative designed to speed the development of next generation applications that can operate on ultrafast networks.

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10:41 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Transit of Venus Won't be Seen Again for 105 Years

Venus transits in front of the sun
David Cortner

‎If you bought a pair of those special glasses to view the solar eclipse last month, you might want to pull them out again. On Tuesday, June 5th, the planet Venus will transit in front of the sun, an event that won’t happen again for 105 years. On Monday, June 4th, University of Utah Professor of Physics and Astronomy Ben Bromley will discuss the historical importance of the Transit of Venus. He’s also going to talk about how astronomers will use this event to learn about planets outside of our solar system.

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Science & Technology
10:24 am
Sun May 20, 2012

'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Makes an Appearance at Bryce Canyon

Utah was treated to an annular solar eclipse Sunday night.  KUER's Andrea Smardon went to Bryce Canyon National Park, and sent an audio postcard from Inspiration Point.

5:32 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Utahns Seek Sweet Spot to View Eclipse

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.

Utah's NASA ambassador Patrick Wiggins says he'll be heading to the tiny town of Kanarraville, just south of Cedar City to view the eclipse.

"People like me that really like symmetry, we're going to go to what's called the Center Line, which is right smack dab in the middle of what the locals in southern Utah are calling the sweet spot," said Wiggins.

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August 4, 2009 | Science & Technology
10:19 am
Tue August 4, 2009

Falconer on the Edge

Peregrine Falcon. Photo by Picture Taker 2 on

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May 20, 2009 | Science & Technology
9:43 am
Tue May 19, 2009

5/20/09: Falconer on the Edge

Peregrine Falcon. Photo by Picture Taker 2 on
Peregrine Falcon. Photo by Picture Taker 2 on

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