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USU Research Looking At The Root Of Plant-soil Interactions

To improve restoration and agricultural practices, USU scientists are studying how soil microbes and moisture affect native and nonnative plants.

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School Absences Linked To Air Pollution Have A High Cost

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Harriet Cornachione / Utah State University

A midday Trax trip to downtown Salt Lake City during a severe dust storm a few years ago, led research assistant professor at the University of Utah Daniel Mendozato to consider the impact of air quality on school children at recess.

Mayor Holly Daines of Logan signed Utah’s first Climate and Clean Air Compact on Oct. 7, and local advocates say it’s just the first step to address the issues.

County Planners Seek Input For General Plan

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For the first time in more than 20 years, Cache County is planning an update to its general plan.

Utah Skies: Mars At Opposition

Oct 16, 2020
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On Oct. 6,  the planet Mars was nearer the Earth than at any time since July 2018. It will not be this close again for another 16 years. If you own a telescope this would be a good time to take a look. You may be able to observe some markings on its surface and an icecap on its pole.

Utah Skies: BepiColoumbo, a Mercury Mission

Oct 16, 2020
By National Aeronautics and Space Administration

On October 20, 2018 BepiColumbo, a planetary mission to the Planet Mercury, was launched by the European Space Agency and the Japan Exploration Agency. It consists of three parts, the Mercury Planetary Orbiter, the Mercury Transfer Module and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter that will separate into independent spacecraft upon arriving at Mercury. The transfer Module is an ion thruster that will give the spacecraft propulsion.

Bread And Butter: Airing Smelly Laundry

Oct 16, 2020

I just finished putting up our food for the winter. Part of that process included chopping and vacuum sealing about ten pounds of onions from the local produce stand for our freezer. It was later in the day when we started, but assumed making it a family affair, we could knock it out quickly. I was on peeling and chopping duty. My son was in charge of loading the bags while my husband sealed them all. We found our rhythm.

Food Insecurity On "Bread And Butter"

Oct 16, 2020

You may have been hearing more about food insecurity these days. What does this term mean? Well, it’s more than a simple linear relationship between how much food is in your pantry, and your hunger and health. For instance, a study from the University of Michigan shows that as poverty rises, so does obesity in children. As a kid’s income level dropped, they found, the chances that they would be overweight went up.

A beaver swims through the water.
NPS J. Schmidt

When I first saw a beaver in Cache Valley I thought I'd seen an alligator. I was sitting in the front of a canoe when a large head shot past the bow followed by a black tail that flew into the air and came down on the water with a resounding slap.

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In the current wasteland of barely mediocre movie theater releases, I'm happy to say I recently watched a new release in my home (on Netflix) that's one of the best I've seen all year.

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With coronavirus cases still surging, Utah adopts a new pandemic strategy. Elections officials urge residents to vote by mail and return their ballots early. And Sen. Mitt Romney calls American politics a "vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass." 

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