Science

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

Two New Wildflower Species Discovered In Logan Canyon

Dec 21, 2018
Leslie Forero

You would think that scientists would know how many species occur in an area, especially one as well-populated as Cache County. But scientists at Utah State University just discovered two new species of wildflowers that only occur near Logan – and they think more are out there.

Utah Rabbit Numbers Are Down

Dec 20, 2018
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

According to Jason Robinson, Upland Game program coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, populations of three of Utah’s rabbit species will be down this year. Two species of cottontail rabbits, desert and mountain cottontails, are distributed statewide. Snowshoe hares have a more limited distribution—primarily in the Wasatch and Uintah Mountain ranges.

snow ice covered planet
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This winter, maybe you’re enjoying some snow or maybe you’ve decided to travel somewhere warmer. According to scientists who study early Earth, if conditions were that of hundreds of millions of years ago we would all be experiencing ice and snow, and lots of it.  

Background trees and tropical bushes. Small pond with two Hyrachyus, similar to tapir and rhino.
University of Utah

Millions of years ago there were diverse and large populations of mega-herbivores, but today there are only a few mega-herbivore species. New research reveals a new theory about the extinction of these ancient mega-herbivore species. 

How Wildlife Biologists Are Trying to Save Christmas

Dec 14, 2018
Florian Graner

With Christmas Day fast approaching, Santa and his reindeer are making their final preparations to visit all well-behaved boys and girls. And while we’re sure Dasher, Dancer, Donner and Blitzen have been well fed before their long journey, the same can’t be said about their free-roaming cousins. 

Deer mouse with light brown and white markings sitting in the hay.
CDC

Hantavirus is a rare but deadly virus that can infect humans who inhale rodent droppings, but there is now a new understanding of how humans become infected with the virus. 

Jacob Miller

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management took bids for oil and gas leases on 154,212 acres of public land. This move was criticized by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, and the Sierra Club for its potential to cause localized biodiversity loss. But how much can the loss of one or two species matter? 

A research team based in Helsinki, Finland announced recently that they have developed a vaccine to treat foulbrood, a bacterial infection that kills honey bee larvae.  The scientists based out of the University of Helsinki say they are able to increase honey bees’ resistance to the bacteria. 

Clint Hill / Grazing Improvement Program (GIP)

 


 

If you think the wildfire season is over, habitat restoration biologists like Nate Long would remind you that with this hazard, the work is only switching gears.

Lake in the background with a few trees and grass, a small dirt track, and a white camper near the lake.
Utah Outdoor Activities

The Sheeprock Mountains are a 24-mile long mountain range located in southern Tooele County and northern Juab County. These West Desert mountains are managed by federal, state and private land managers for a variety of uses.

Cutthroat Trout: Actually Four Different Species?

Dec 4, 2018
Cutthroat, Trout, Angler
Jon McFarland

Here on the campus of Utah State University, I’ve got this book sitting on my desk. It’s green, hardcovered, and wider than it is long. It has some of the best and most detailed paintings of fish in it that I’ve ever seen- and as a fisheries grad student, I’ve seen a lot of books on fish. 

Lockheed Martin

After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, becoming its first visitor in billions of years. A group of Utah scientists at the Space Dynamics Lab in Logan are monitoring the mission.

blue collar business
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In a recent study, economists looked at rates of innovation among industries and firms. The study included self-reporting measures across rural and urban sites.  

Chris Bunker / The Daily Universe

This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about really small things, like cell cultures and their effect on research, and really big things, like our planet's climate and its effect on human movement. 

Reimagining Geology's Role In The Cosmos

Nov 28, 2018
galaxy planets stars dwarf
National Geographic

Dr. Carol Dehler is an associate professor in the geology department at Utah State University.  In preparation for a talk she’s giving Friday she explains in brief how geologists fit in with other sciences.

Ski Utah

A Utah cancer institute is providing sun care and cancer screening programs to ski resort employees.

The Greenback Cutthroat In Utah on Wild About Utah

Nov 23, 2018
US Fish and Wildlife Service

In 2009, officials from the US Division of Wildlife Resources who were out searching for isolated populations of Colorado River Cutthroat Trout found something better—and far more perplexing. 

Minnows, Woundfin
Niall Clancy

New genetic tools are making a big impact on fish and wildlife biology. A genetic study published earlier this year found that the group of fishes known as minnows actually consists of multiple different groups. This has led North American minnows to be reclassified as a new family of fishes called Leuciscidae. 

A yellow and black bee (a mallow bee) lands in a red flower (a globe mallow flower).
Olivia Carril

When most people think of bees, they think of a honeybee, but there are hundreds and thousands of other bee species found in the United States. 

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