Rachel Hager

White, male geologist stands next to a pip gushing water with a creek and riparian system in the background.
CA Department of Water Resources

Fluid flow is an engineering application that can be difficult to understand or visualize, but a forthcoming smartphone app will aid in visualizing fluid mechanics flow fields.

Velet ant, red and black wasp crawling on green plant.
Saint Louis Zoo

Entomologists at Utah State University are studying insects to determine how the size of an insect’s body compares to the size of its sting.

Even though colloquially we call the part of an insect’s body that stings a stinger, it is actually called the sting.

Green background, fly with large eyes, primarily orange and brown in color.
Thomas Shahan/Creative Commons

One in 4,000 people is affected by night blindness - a condition that makes it difficult to see in low light conditions, like driving at night. Retinitis pigmentosa is the degeneration of cells in your retina and is the most common cause of night blindness. 

Map of United States with temperature scale of smoke such that red is large amounts of smoke. Orange and red colors over the western US.
NOAA

For many residents in northern Utah, our characteristic mountains are shroud in a hazy smoke. The cold front that entered on Monday brought with it northwesterly and westerly winds carrying smoke from the many fires in the western United States.

Pink and blue clouds float over Utah Lake with the mountains in the background.
Utah Lake Commission

Clouds are an important part of predicting day-to-day weather but, even with cloud cover being a critical piece in climate prediction models, it’s often missing. But a few specific physics equations could make predicting future cloud cover easier.  

Adult mountain lion, beige and brown in color stands on top of a rock with a forested background.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Satellite imagery gathered by NASA from outer space is being used to help predict where and how many mule deer and mountain lions could be migrating near urban areas, increasing the potential for wildlife-human interactions.

Large brown bull moose standing in a wildflower field.
National Park Service

Wildlife experts are warning outdoor enthusiasts to be aware of potential encounters with moose, deer and other big game. 

A pigeon with a grassy background and orange leaves.
Outdoor Nebraska

Through genomic sequencing, researchers at the University of Utah have discovered a single gene responsible for pigeon wing patterns and human blindness. 

West Nile-Positive Mosquito Found Near Willard Bay

Jul 30, 2018
An brown and red, engorged mosquito extracted blood from a human.
USDA

Earlier this month, Box Elder Mosquito Abatement monitors in Willard Bay found a West Nile-positive mosquito. 

A keg wagon with pie wheels and a beer drinking wagon driver. Background the sun setting sun over the prairie.
ILLUSTRATION BY FRANCISCO KJOLSETH

July 24 is Pioneer Day in Utah, a state holiday honoring the arrival of Brigham Young and other Mormon settlers to Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

Rachel Hager

At a town-hall style March For Our Lives event in Utah, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students joined local policymakers and Second Amendment rights groups to share ideas about ways to protect students from gun violence.

A black magnet levitates slightly above a clear dish which sits on top of a block of liquid nitrogen.
Wikipedia

Researchers at the University of Utah made a break-through discovery about superconductivity properties of metals using tiny wires. This could help reduce the amount of heat produced by equipment such as computers. 

Blue sky with four air boats in the water with some algae by the shore.
Rachel Hager

It’s 8:00 a.m. on a warm morning in June at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. The marsh is alive with noisy waterfowl.

A puffy white dandelion head disintegrates in the wind in front of a blue sky.
Britannica

According to the new research from Utah State University, how a plant disperses its seeds is related to other life history strategies. 

Seed dispersal is the movement or transportation of seeds away from the parent plant.

A Native American scholar presents her research to the Science college dean at Utah State University. White poster with photos and descriptive text about the student's research.
Mary-Ann Muffoletto, USU

Last week, Utah State University received a million-dollar grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to create the new Mentoring and Encouraging Student Academic Success program to better support Native American students transferring to USU Logan from the USU Blanding campus.

Paul Campbell and Bruce Bugbee stand on each side of the new environmental observatory, a tall white metal structure with a variety of instrumentation, featuring the informational plaque in the bottom right.
Deni Murray

It was a sunny, but windy afternoon as dignitaries, instrumentation scientists, and curious community members met in downtown Logan.

A TRAX light rail train pulls into the station with railroads, green grass, and a blue sky.
HEAL Utah

New research out of the University of Utah tracks air quality across the Wasatch Front through instruments placed on TRAX light rail trains, revealing diverse air quality patterns throughout the Wasatch Front.

Two prairie dogs pop out of their burrow surrounded by red dirt and small green plants.
National Park Service

According to Linda Mazzu, superintendent at Bryce Canyon National Park, a high water table has caused the water source for Bryce Canyon National Park to flow through prairie dog burrows before it enters the treatment facility.

Great Salt Lake Pelicans Under Threat

May 28, 2018
A pair of American White pelicans gather in shallow water.
Utah Department of Natural Resources

According to John Neill, an avian biologist with the Utah Department of Natural Resources, a shrinking Great Salt Lake has serious consequences for the migratory bird populations that call the lake home throughout the year. 

Sunlight peeking between rocky craigs, reflecting off the Unita Mountain snow pack.
NOAA Research

According to new research out of Utah State University, perceiving local weather as warmer or colder than normal is strongly connected to our pre-existing beliefs in climate change.