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Episode #4: Dog Poop

Mar 19, 2019

UPR's Ashley Rhode explores how dog doo can impact water quality.


Episode #3: The Endangered Species Act

Mar 12, 2019
James Marvin Phelps

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in the American West. This week, UPR's Niall Clancy explores the perceptions and realities of the ESA with the help of the University of Utah's Dr. Bob Keiter.

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Microevolution, or traits varying due to natural selection, is pretty settled in evolutionary science. But macroevolution – the evolution of new species – hasn’t been observed. 

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Brittain Family Farms

While most individuals are unaware of how food gets from farm to table, Dr. Kynda Curtis, a professor and extension specialist in applied economics at Utah State University, is all too familiar with the process.

Hayley Glassic

Bear Lake, on the Idaho-Utah border, is sometimes referred to as the “Caribbean of the Rockies” due to its turquoise-blue waters. Locally famous for its Raspberry Festival, boating opportunities, and fishing, Bear Lake is also home to several species of fish found nowhere else in the world. In a recent study published in the journal Freshwater Biology, researchers from Utah State University have determined that falling water levels are negatively impacting these fishes.

Episode #2: Fishes of Bear Lake

Mar 4, 2019
NASA

This episode of Science Utah features stories from UPR's Riana Gayle and Niall Clancy. Tune in to  hear about northern Utah's Bear Lake, its fishes, and what's being done to conserve them.

Aspen tree grove with wildfire of orange flames and dark smoke.
US Forest Service

New research suggests that social and economic impacts of wildfire are becoming more complex. 

Liana Prudencio is a PhD student in Watershed Sciences and the Climate Adaption Science program at Utah State University.

USU AggieAir At Forefront Of Drone Technology

Mar 4, 2019
Small black drone that looks like a plane flies over rural farmland in Utah.
Utah State University

Drones may be the future of convenience and delivery, but there are still many challenges when it comes to using them in urban environments. Utah State University’s AggieAir team will be addressing these challenges during an upcoming exclusive NASA demonstration. 

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Coal is big in Utah. It's our state rock and according to the US Energy Information Administration, it represents one-third of our state's total energy production. But Utah's coal may be having unexpected consequences on the grasslands and wetter places in the nation. 

Episode #1: Bee Ranchers

Feb 25, 2019

For Science Utah's inaugural podcast episode, reporters Ashley Rhode and Rachel Hager join producer Niall Clancy for a discussion about Utah's state insect.

Science Utah: UPR Announces New Podcast

Feb 25, 2019

Join us weekly for our new podcast - Science Utah! Each episode features stories and commentary by UPR's science reporters on subjects like bees, air quality, or even dog poop.

A white 3-D printed gun on a white grid with a black background.
Federal Bureau of Investigations

3-D printers are becoming more and more accessible to the public, making some worried about their ability to create weapons that are untraceable. One Utah undergraduate student researches these so-called ghost guns, investigating the impact these guns can have on law enforcement and possible solutions.

Center for Disease Control

Our eyes contain small, complex cells with many important jobs. A new major grant at Utah State University aims to increase our understanding of one of these specific types of cells in our eyes - retinal pigmented epithelium cells, also known as RPE cells. 

Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

If you’ve noticed poultry gasping for air, trembling, drooping their wings or just dropping dead, you should take it seriously. A highly contagious avian disease was recently detected for the first time in Utah.

Crop irrigation of an alfalfa field
USU Extension

According to the US Geological Survey, 72 percent of Utah’s water is used for irrigation, but there is not a clear understanding of water use at a field level. New research based at Utah State University offers insight about small farm water use in Cache Valley.

River surrounded by fall colored trees
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The leaves and branches decomposing in rivers play a key role in the global carbon cycle. New research at more than 1,000 sites around the world investigates how river decomposition rates can differ in locations at different latitudes. 

Pixabay

Knock-knock! Who’s there? Recently, some Utah homeowners who live near wooded areas have awakened to mysterious knocking sounds in their walls. The source of the knocking has been identified as a species of bird known as a woodpecker. Those who may choose to ignore the knocking might be in for a surprise this spring when they find that the woodpecker has taken up residency within the wall.

Utah's Exotic Invasive Species on Wild About Utah

Jan 25, 2019
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“Exotic”, sounds rather alluring, but “invasive” implies something completely different and undesirable.

Genetic Breakthrough Identifies PCOS-Risk Genes

Jan 24, 2019
Graphic depicting a healthy and a polycystic ovary showing the cysts and non-normal development of eggs
National Institute of Health

PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrome, is one of the most common causes of infertility among women and can also cause serious health problems. According to the Office of Women’s Health, polycystic ovary syndrome- also known as PCOS -affects one in 10 women of childbearing age. But a genetic breakthrough is being used to help identify risks associated with the syndrome. 

Joan holds a net containing a captured bee in a dry, rocky field with wildflowers. Hills in the background.
Therese Lamperty

Current and former researchers at Utah State University have been catching bees in a national park in California and this research has led to the discovery of the largest biologically diverse community of native bees.

National Parks Service

A change of habitat by a small mammal is having an impact on our mountain ecosystems, and the pika is being used to help understand high elevation mountain ecosystems. 

Catarata Films

We're talking about the ways warfare can build bonds in tribal societies, and how air pollution can have devastating effects in our modern world. 

Clark’s Nutcracker on Wild About Utah

Jan 11, 2019
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Skiing a few miles into a lovely northern Utah canyon in frigid, single-digit temperatures I was startled by an abrasive sound rolling downslope from a thick cover of conifers. A Clark’s nutcracker! My spirits were warmed by several degrees.   

White snow with red dust on a mountain with rocks in the foreground and blue sky in the background.
McKenzie Skiles

The state of Utah is known for having some of the greatest snow on earth, but dust is threatening this important natural resource. 

Wind in dry or disturbed regions can pick up small pieces of dirt or minerals, and carry that dust across regions. 

Patrick Wiggins is Utah's Solar System Ambassador for Utah and has been following China's landing on the far side of the moon.
U.S. Forest Service

Earlier this week, on January 2 around 10:19 p.m. MST, the Earth was as close to the sun as it will get this year. This might surprise many of us who are wondering why temperatures in Utah have plummeted to the below zero mark.

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