Leslie Forero

Matt Affolter / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

No one can predict when, where, and how big the next earthquake might be, but earthquake-prone places like California and Japan have installed systems that can warn of ground-shaking a few seconds in advance.  These systems, known as “earthquake early warning systems,” exploit the different waves produced by earthquakes.

Lorie Shaull, creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

This week on Undisciplined, we’re talking about the impact of sports on human behavior and impact of chaos on plants, with guests whose fields couldn’t be more different. Or, at least, that’s what it looks like at first.

Women running in the marathon race at the 2012 Olympics.
Aurelien Guichard / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

If you’re an active female and you’ve skipped a couple of periods, you might want to see a doctor. Amenorrhea can have serious implications for female athletes.

Apogee SP-230 heated pyranometer (black sensor up high), and an Apogee Weighing Precipitation Gauge (white bucket).
Chris Madsen / Apogee Instruments

Cache Valley is considered the "Silicon Valley of Instrumentation," thanks to its high concentration of remote sensing companies.  The proximity to Utah State University may be what draws these companies into the area.

William C. Campbell / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Data from GPS collars on animals are used to determine crucial habitats and migration routes. Because of technological advances scientists can now collect animal locations in three dimensions as often as 32 times per second.  But this abundance of data comes with a downside.

Nathan Blaylock / Pixabay

As part of Utah State University's carbon neutrality goals, a report with recommendations for reducing carbon emissions is anticipated to be released this week.

New Utah Wildlife Crossings in the Works for 2020

Jan 3, 2020
Utah DWR

During the winter, animals like deer and elk are on the move— migrating to more favorable habitats. Unfortunately, migration routes often cross roads and highways, leading to conflict with humans. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources plans to build more wildlife crossings this year to mitigate these conflicts.

Referendum To Repeal Utah Tax Code Changes Underway

Dec 20, 2019
Andrew Smith / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

This week Governor Gary Herbert signed Senate Bill 2001, which enacted changes to Utah’s tax code. The bill, which was passed largely along party lines, failed to secure the two-thirds majority support it would need to be referendum proof.

Popular Bicycle App May Change User Behavior

Dec 16, 2019
Tim Brink / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Strava is a fitness tracking app mountain bikers can use on their smartphones. It connects with their bike’s computer, allowing riders to track and record their activity and then create visuals of their progress. But it may be changing how people recreate.


If a scientist makes a discovery while doing research, they will usually write an academic paper and submit it to a scientific journal. If the paper makes it through peer review, it’s published. For many scientists, the onus to communicate their discovery ends there. But more researchers are thinking that's not enough.


Preliminary results from a new survey suggest that the majority of people think interruptions from technology are harmful to their family. Technoference occurs when technology interferes with human interactions and relationships.

Luke W. Nowakowski / US Air Force

Southern Utah University in Cedar City has been awarded money from the U.S. Department of Education to encourage youth to prepare for college. SUU’s TRIO Educational Talent Search program has been awarded a one-time grant of $40,000 to support their STEM education activities.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources / Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

Salt Lake City, the northern Wasatch Front, and the Uinta Basin all had high concentrations of ground-level ozone this year. When it occurs in the upper atmosphere, ozone is good for organisms because it blocks harmful UV rays. But when it occurs at ground level, ozone harms plants and animals by burning the tissues they use to breathe. 

Nicolas Suzor / Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Animal crush videos are obscene videos depicting the torture of living animals. Although it’s a federal criminal offense to create or distribute animal crush videos, the act of torturing the animals on video is not considered criminal. 

Soil Science / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Soil is the largest terrestrial carbon pool, accounting for over three times more carbon than all plants on earth. According to a researcher who specializes in environmental issues, this could make it a key tool in the fight against climate change.

Leslie Forero

If your menstrual cycle is unpredictable or unusually long, you might not want to ignore it. According to a new study, women with irregular periods are 34% more likely to die earlier than women with regular periods. 

Rob McDermott

Last week, the 3.9 earthquake centered near Tremonton came as a big surprise to Box Elder County geologists - caused by one of many unknown faults in northern Utah.

Bill Branson

There is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, but for mice with induced Parkinson’s, exercise seems to slow the progression of the neurodegenerative disease, and surveys suggest something similar could be happening with humans. A research group at University of Utah is looking into this kind of treatment with a grant for controlled experiments.

John Fowler / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Light pollution is a growing problem in Utah, so much that officials at the University of Utah have created a new minor and science journal centered on dark skies.

A new study looking at year-to-year snowpack in the western US found that back-to-back low snow years will be more frequent if the world continues along the business-as-usual emissions trajectory.

London Student Feminists

Women’s Equality Day is Monday and according to multiple reports, Utah isn’t measuring up. It still ranks near the bottom for the earnings gap.

Creed Clayton - USFWS / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

I went to a horse pasture in Mendon, on the hunt for the rare Ute Ladies' Tresses orchid. The pasture is the only documented place it occurs in Cache County.

U.S. Department of the Interior / Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has finished building a new solar farm on the eastern border of Rich County. According to the head of the company’s US investment team, building in Rich County was a no-brainer.

Brianna Laugher / Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Last year the Utah State Legislature passed Senate Bill 184, Pharmacist Dispensing Authority Amendments. This new law would allow women to obtain hormonal contraceptives from a qualified pharmacist without a visit to the doctor. Over a year later, the program is being rolled out in some Utah pharmacies.

US Forest Service

This year the Dingell Natural Resources Act was signed into law. This act designated over 600,000 acres of wilderness in Utah and created the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area. But not everyone is happy about this.