Science

Summer Solstice - The Longest Day Of The Year

Jun 20, 2019
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Summer officially begins astronomically in Utah on Friday, June 21st, at 9:54 MDT.  The northern hemisphere on the solstice is the longest day of the year.  Dawn comes early and sunsets come late, with short nights and less time to enjoy the night sky.  

'Silence' on Wild About Utah

Jun 20, 2019
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Silence is a rare commodity in the world we have created. Our senses are bombarded with all descriptions of sound to the point of sensory exhaustion. Likened to PTSD when violating a safe threshold, it may be time to find an escape.

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Sometimes it’s a good year for one kind of wild plant and sometimes it’s a good year for another kind. But what causes these fluctuations in plant abundances from year to year? A new study suggests it might be linked to soil microbes underneath those plants.

The Planet Jupiter And Its Moons

Jun 14, 2019
NASA

In early June the planet Jupiter ascends slowly into the southeastern evening sky. This beige colored planet is easy to see because it is the brightest object in the night sky except for the moon.

Kent Sutcliffe / NRCS

The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) recently released the Utah Water Supply Report for spring, revealing that reservoir levels across Utah are significantly above average this year and approaching capacity. This information is especially important for dam managers and water conservation districts who distribute water to their water users.

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John Wesley Powell is one of the iconic explorers of the American West. A teacher, botanist, geologist, and amputee, he is probably best known for his 1869 and 1871 explorations of the Colorado River.

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Just outside Moab between the cold, fast-flowing water of the Colorado River and the slow, warmer waters of the Matheson Wetland Preserve stands a newly constructed escape passage for larvae of the endangered razorback sucker.

According to Utah's Division of Air Quality, roughly 50% of Utah's air pollution comes from vehicle emissions. The Utah Foundation and the Utah Clean Air Partnership, or UCAIR, are studying alternative fueled cars as a way to lessen the amount of pollution in the air. 

Elizebeth Ogata

Utah State University in Logan is hosting some special guests from their sister campus in Blanding this month.

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Research tells us that early springs can offset the impacts of climate change. The earlier green-up makes for a longer growing season, and more carbon dioxide captured from the atmosphere. But we haven’t been able to tell if spring is coming earlier for conifers in the mountains – until now.

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New research has brought us closer to understanding the composition of the earth’s interior – and it is less uniform than previously thought.

NASA

When asked which Solar system world has the most water most people would say the earth has the most water. Although 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water only 0.12% of Earth’s total volume is liquid water.

10. UPDATE

May 28, 2019

Announcing a new format.


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Utah has a reputation for being a good place for families, and a new report by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families suggests that the voter-approved Medicaid expansion passed this year could make it even better.

NASA

You may have heard the name OSIRUS-Rex in the news lately. It is a NASA-sponsored spacecraft that was launched on the 8th of September 2016 and has recently entered into orbit around the asteroid Bennu, a small spinning top shaped asteroid composed of gravel like material. 

Utah Division of Natural Resources

Urban deer conflicts can be frustrating when deer eat garden vegetables and deadly when deer are involved in car accidents. Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources reccently made changes to eliminate the relocation aspect of the urban deer program.

Pink rod-like bacteria float with a black background
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Bacterial infections can cause a variety of symptoms from mild intestinal discomfort to death. Recent research could lead to a new form of antibiotics by shutting down bacteria’s injection system.

Polaris: AKA The North Star

May 9, 2019
Blaine Dickey

Polaris is the proper name for what is often referred to as the North Star. For several thousand years it has served as a signpost in the sky and points northward to all those who view it. Of all the stars it is unique because it appears to be almost stationary in the sky while all the other stars appear to rotate around it.

Bill Thompson / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

Cutler Marsh and the Bear River provide wonderful habitat for birds - and bird-watchers - in Cache Valley. Utah State University’s beautifully treed campus also has nice habitat for birds, but at a cost: perishing when hitting a window.

Driven To Succeed: Race Day Has Finally Arrived

May 9, 2019

The go-cart track at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Erda is a winding loop of asphalt almost a mile long. It is surrounded by the rest of the campus: several large warehouses storing race cars, mechanical equipment of various types and concession counters offering cold drinks, but mostly… asphalt.  

9. Air Quality

May 7, 2019
Salt Lake Tribune

UPR Science Reporter Jennifer Pemberton examines air quality in Cache Valley and beyond. This story originally aired in May 2013.

Saturn In Retrograde

May 3, 2019
NASA

From the Earth we view the brighter outer planets Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn moving in their orbits around the Sun in an easterly direction.  At times these planets seem to stop in their eastward motion and reverse direction towards the west for a few months before they resume their normal eastward motion   Astronomers call this retrograde motion. 

Moon Meet Antares, Jupiter And Saturn

May 3, 2019
NASA

For the next few mornings in the pre-dawn sky look south and you will see the bright red star Antares, followed by King Jupiter to the left and the ringed planet Saturn to the left of Jupiter.  

In the UPR original series Driven To Succeed, we’ve been following seven college freshman and their mentors as they work to build a wirelessly powered electric car. In this second installment, we get to know the students a bit better, as they work through the trials of engineering a car using brand new technology.

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In the 1990s, Utah experienced its first recorded severe spruce beetle outbreak. Over 122,000 acres were infested and over 3 million spruce trees were killed. 

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