Science

Range Creek Cutthroat Trout Restoration; Trout Unlimited and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reintroduce native trout to Emery County
Jordan Nielson - Trout Unlimited

Before the widespread introduction of non-native fish species like Rainbow and Brown Trout, Colorado River Cutthroat Trout occupied large portions of the Yampa, White, Colorado, and San Juan river basins. Today, this black-spotted, yellow and red fish has been reduced to only 14 percent of its historical range. 

spiders museums education public
The Art and Science of Arachnids

If you’re afraid of spiders, you’re not the only one. According to Health Research Funding, arachnophobia ranks as the third most common phobia in the U.S.

Plants taxonomy identification
Intermountain Herbarium, Utah State University

If you’re a scientist studying any kind of plant or animal species, you’ve probably come across Symbiota. But, if you’re like me and that’s not your cup of tea, you may have never heard of it.

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. 

Recycle Utah

 

Like most large cities, Logan has a program where residents are automatically enrolled in curbside services. This includes the familiar black trash bins as well as the blue recycling ones. 

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.

warming pollution
Flickr

 

Researchers have produced a new interactive Climate Opinion Map that allows users to see people’s climate change opinions across the U.S.

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. 

Hidden Climate Records Within Tree Rings

Aug 9, 2018
Chainsaw tree cuts
Steve Voelker / Utah State University

 

In northern California, along with portions of the coast, you will find redwood trees. Some of the largest and longest-living trees in the world.

The Aerospace Corporation has released a plan for spacecraft developers to reduce launching costs of smallsats
The Aerospsace Corporation

Being able to launch a small satellite payload into space is one of the biggest obstacles for government, commercial and research institutions. Smallsat industry experts expect as many as 20,000 small satellites to be launched over the next 10 years. 

Fir tree suffers from Adelgid infection
William M. Ciesla / Forest Health Management

 

 

 

People aren’t the only ones active this summer. Small insects are also out and about, taking advantage of the warmer weather and green real estate.

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. 

Permaculture plant outdoor design
Utah State University Extension

 

 

 

Individuals in Moab are redesigning spaces using permaculture principles that protect from environmental stresses like sun exposure and drought.

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. 

Star explosion
NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Researchers at the University of Utah are collaborating with partners like NASA’s NuSTAR and international Telescope Array Project to learn more about cosmic rays. New technologies have made it possible for researchers to study stars light years away. And just recently they’ve discovered that superstars like Eta Carinae, are sending cosmic rays all the way to Earth.  

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. 

Bee Inspired Gardens
Bronson Teichert

What do green lawns and concrete have in common? While one is arguably more aesthetically pleasing, both have the effect of reducing biodiversity in outdoor spaces. To address nutrient-leaching and reduced-pollinator activity, researchers across the country are working with citizens to understand and adopt alternatives.

Fault lines visible from sky
Flickr

 

In a recent study, researchers from Utah State University uncovered some truths about the southern tip of the San Andreas fault in California. The well-known fault stretches over 700 miles and marks the meeting of the North American and Pacific tectonic plates.

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.

Grid pattern city scape
Pxhere

 

 

 

Researchers in North Carolina have found that spatial patterns in landscapes can influence water use. The findings of the study could have large implications for urban sprawl in the arid state of Utah where the population is projected to double by 2050.

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.

Heat Safety Tips
NOAA

As temperatures rise across the state, officials at the National Weather Service are improving the way they issue heat advisories.

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.

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