Science

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.

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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
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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. 

Planning For The Future, A Bioregional Approach

Nov 19, 2018
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Aubin Douglas


While winter may not boast the caravans of tourists we often see in the summer, there are still noticeable seasonal influxes in cities across the country. So, how does a city plan for this? A recent study by researchers at Utah State University highlights the use of bioregional planning for this purpose.

The Colorado Plateau on Wild About Utah

Nov 16, 2018
Jack Greene

Rivers and sandstone pretty much define the Colorado Plateau- perhaps my favorite landscape on our lovely planet. These past few weeks I’ve experienced some of its best in Dinosaur NM and Canyonlands NP with friends and students.

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Out in STEM at USU

Across the sciences, engineering is one of the least diverse disciplines. But Utah State University just received a grant to investigate LGBT+ representation in engineering.   

Phone app monitors air quality locally
Utah Department of Environmental Quality

 

 

Does your weekly weather forecast include reminders about air quality? If not, there’s an app for that. An updated version of the UtahAir App has just been released and it contains some new features that allow Utah residents to closely monitor conditions in their area. 

Sunrise on a snow covered field with icy trees, spread across the field are elk feeding.
Mark Gocke, WY Game & Fish Dept

For decades, researchers have known that the bacterial infection Brucellosis can cause deaths in cattle and bison herds in the western US. 

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Ascending Technologies

Like everything else, bridges are prone to wear and tear, often from environmental elements and constant use. New research out of Utah State University says the use of drones could help identify cracks, and ultimately extend the life of bridges.

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Max Pixel

To individuals living along the Wasatch Front and in the Uinta Basin, inversions are not a new phenomena. However, studies have shown that industries can dramatically affect what is trapped in an inversion.

Jon McFarland

Cache County voters decided in the 2016 elections to create a water conservancy district like those already existing in Box Elder, Salt Lake and Weber Counties. The county’s at-large position is being contended by two candidates. The first is Dr. Brett Roper an aquatic ecologist for the U.S.  Forest Service and adjunct professor at Utah State University.

Top right is a charred slope with burned trees, middle is a deep canyon where the river has been dramatically altered, left side is an unburned slope.
Chris Brown, Utah State University

The land of the western United States is shaped by wildfire and water availability. According to new research from Utah State University, increasing the number of smaller wildfires could increase water resources in the West.   

Two white men, one with a blue shirt and one with a red shirt sit behind a black tablet, sensors, and a google home.
Dan Hixson/University of Utah College of Engineering

The University of Utah’s School of Computing are setting up participants with tools to monitor the air quality in their own homes. This pilot program may change how people visualize and perceive the air in their homes. 

Breastfeeding May Lower Stress In 5-Month Old Babies

Oct 31, 2018
A black mother holds her baby to her breast to breastfeed. Woman is wearing a green t-shirt and baby a blue onesie.
Office on Women's Heath

A Utah researcher wanted to know more about maternal caregiving, such as breastfeeding, and if it could lead to lower levels of stress in five-month-old babies. 

Romney Calls For Endangered Species Act Reform

Oct 19, 2018
Niall Clancy

The Endangered Species Act has prevented the extinction of iconic species such as the Humpback Whale, Florida Manatee and Bald Eagle. It has also generated considerable controversy. 

Electric wheelchair sits on a black pad in a white living room with a table, painting, and sofa.
Sustainable Electrified Transport Center

Traditional electric wheelchairs often limit user’s mobility because of the amount of time it takes to recharge the battery.

Niall Clancy

Since an act of Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund in 1965, the program has provided grants to local, state and federal agencies for the acquisition, conservation and maintenance of public lands.

White, male geologist stands next to a pip gushing water with a creek and riparian system in the background.
CA Department of Water Resources

Fluid flow is an engineering application that can be difficult to understand or visualize, but a forthcoming smartphone app will aid in visualizing fluid mechanics flow fields.

Guidebook to Bear River Bird Refuge Plants Available
Becka Downard - Utah Division of Water Quality

Around 40 million people from across the globe visit national wildlife refuges every year. At Utah’s Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, some may come to hunt or fish, but the vast majority of visitors are there to witness species such as the American Avocet or White-faced Ibis in their natural state. 

Velet ant, red and black wasp crawling on green plant.
Saint Louis Zoo

Entomologists at Utah State University are studying insects to determine how the size of an insect’s body compares to the size of its sting.

Even though colloquially we call the part of an insect’s body that stings a stinger, it is actually called the sting.

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